I'm a big fan of random tips that make my life a little easier...so here's a few things we've found useful, especially with summer impending.
The Kid Water Cooler
We don't have water in our fridge door and we don't buy bottled water. We do the old-fashioned out of the faucet way. Unfortunately, it's hard for the kids to reach sometimes. So I put a water jug and cups on the counter...so they can help themselves whenever they want!
So easy, so simple. Take some small containers of yogurt, do NOT remove the lid, pop some popsicle sticks or plastic knives through the lid. That will hold the stick in place.
Put them in the freezer for a few hours.
Voila. Yummy, healthy frozen treats for the kiddos. Simply peel the lid off, snip the top of the cup with some scissors, and peel off the cup.
The "Help Yourself" Shelf
"Mom, I'm hungry..." is a commonly-heard comment in our house. To battle small-child hunger, we've installed the "help yourself" shelf in the bottom shelf of our pantry. We've got containers of healthy kid-friendly snacks (granola bars, dried fruit, NutriGrain bars, animal crackers, Goldfish, etc.), that they can reach and help themselves to whenever they want.