Parents need time for themselves too

The other day the kids were bouncing wildly off every bit of furniture in the home, off of each other, and off the walls themselves. That day wasn’t exactly unique, either, as the kids have been especially energetic lately and have been struggling to find the best ways to release that energy. My wife, whose patience is unmatched, was nearing her breaking point and we sat down to talk about some frustrations.

At one point in our conversation, I started to realize something…my wife really never does anything solely for herself. From the moment her alarm goes off in the morning (before mine) until she collapses into bed late at night (after I do), she’s handling other people’s needs. I even asked her to point out the last time she did something she wanted to do that was purely for her own benefit. She had trouble coming up with a moment.

I don’t think my wife’s situation is unique. In fact, I think it’s fairly common that the never-ending demands of parenthood push us to continually set aside our ambitions and comforts to satisfy the wants and needs of our growing children. It’s a noble thing, for sure, but there’s no shame in taking some time for yourself. In fact, most experts on parenting would agree that it’s necessary.

An article that was published a couple of years ago in the Washington Post likened self-care as a parent to the command post in the armed forces. It said:

In traditional ground-fought wars, the command post behind the lines would often have hot coffee, good food and dry clothes. Was this because the generals were selfish? Or because they deserved it for having made the highest ranks in the military?

No, it was because if the command fell or experienced low morale, the rest of the troops, and indeed the entire war effort, would be in jeopardy. Those leaders making critical decisions needed to be at their best.
Now think of that in terms of parenting. Parents are the generals of their household. How do you, in particular those who stay at home with children, feel day after day, hour after hour, with no real break in sight? Is your coffee hot and clothing dry? Probably not.

If that continues, how do you think your troops at home will fare? Not well, if you’re not well.

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/on-parenting/in-defense-of-a-parents-day-off/2017/01/23/270ffafc-d8f2-11e6-b8b2-cb5164beba6b_story.html?noredirect=on

Sure, we sell products to make your parenting tasks easier, more enjoyable, and to take less of your time, but it’s important to find ways to step away from those tasks completely from time to time. Remember that happy parents are better parents. Find ways to introduce a little down time into your routines. You will thank yourself for it, and so will your children.

Keeping snacks off the minivan floor

Labor Day is nearly here and it’s one of the biggest driving days of the year. The entire holiday weekend sees families packing their cars, SUVs, and minivans full of snacks, toys, electronics, and luggage as they head off to give summer one final hurrah.

To get where we want to go in a reasonable amount of time and to make the trip a bit more fun, we usually bring along a selection of snacks to keep us on the road and to help us from having those hangry kid meltdowns from the back seats. Unfortunately, and far too often, by the time we get back home from the trip, that once nice gray carpet has taken on the color of nacho cheese flavor dusted chocolate chip cookies.

With a little preparation, however, it’s not that hard to keep things from getting messy once the snacks are brought out. For kids, the E-Z Travel Lap Tray gives them a great surface for snacking and helps to keep snacks from rolling around and finding their way under seats and smashed into the floor. For those passing snacks around, the Slide N Save Reusable Bags are much better than plastic baggies or plastic bins. Easy to pass around, easy to reseal, and able to stand up on their own, the Slide N Save Reusable Bags work great for small dry snacks, fruit, vegetables, and homemade snack mixes. Not only will they help prevent spills, they also keep your snacks fresh and organized.

Instead of looking down to see a handful of chocolate malted milk balls rolling up and under your pedals as you drive, check out our store and plan on keeping things a bit more tidy as you experience summer’s last great weekend.

Art Therapy for Managing Stress During the School Year

School is back in session and that means earlier mornings, longer days, homework, deadlines, increased pressures of all kinds, and a general increase in stress levels for both kids and parents. As our kids do their best to learn and to adapt to all the changes that the school year brings, stress can slow down their progress. To help alleviate stress and to foster creativity for their children, parents are turning to art therapy.

Studies have shown that art time for kids helps to reduce levels of stress by calming distracted minds, providing a creative outlet of expression to process frustrations, and generating feelings of accomplishment. Referred to as art therapy, time spent in the creative space, even for only a few minutes a day, can be greatly beneficial for stress management from children of all ages.

Our Mod Paint Sticks are perfect for creating quick works of art without creating a mess. Kids can sit down, create, and quickly get back to their daily demands feeling mentally recharged. The Gel Glide Sticks are ideal for kids who are looking to put their art skills to test on a variety of surfaces, including glass or plastic. Both are available in the store now.

Save Money, Time, and the Environment with One Product

It’s rare that convenience, conservation, and money saving all come together at once and we’re often forced into choosing only one or two of the three. As parents, all three things are important to us, so it’s great when a product comes along that allows us to save time, money, and the environment all at once.

Our Slide N Save Reusable Bags are a product that our customers are putting to use in many ways. Made out of a BPA-free and durable silicone, these bags are fit for daily use for packing food on the go, storing food in the fridge, or even for heating up food in the microwave. Unlike plastic bags, which need to be thrown out after a single use, the Slide N Save Reusable Bags are dishwasher safe and can be used over and over again.

With school starting soon, these silicone bags are a fantastic alternative to using plastic for school lunches. Rather than sending hundreds of bags to the landfill, the Slide N Save bags will dramatically reduce your impact on the environment across the school year.

For parents that pack lunches to work, especially food that needs to be heated up, nothing is easier than using the Slide N Save Reusable Bags. Food can be heated up and eaten directly from the bag, so they work great for all kinds of food, even pastas, rice, or soups. The bags also stand up on their own when filled with food, for added usability and convenience.

Also, unlike reusable plastic containers, you won’t be forced to find lids, worry about food staining the container in the microwave, or the container melting when washed in the dishwasher. The Slide N Seal Reusable Bags are a huge improvement over both single use and reusable plastic for all kinds of food storage and packing.

The Slide N Seal Reusable Bags come in two different sizes, so check out the store to see what sizes would be most useful for you and your family. It’s time to ditch plastic for the good of the environment, the good of your budget, and for your added convenience.

Changing the Tone of, “Are We There Yet?”

Over the last weekend we loaded our three kids up into the SUV and headed for a popular road trip destination and an Airbnb tucked away in a little canyon retreat. With three boys, 10, 6, and 15 months, any drive longer than five minutes has a high probability of spiraling into a series of impatient pleas to stop for treats or to get some time away from the one sibling that just won’t stop touching the other. At some point, all three kids come to agree on one thing, they want to know if they are there yet, and they want to ask often how much longer it will be until we are there.

Fully expecting this trip to be an echo of past trips, my wife and I tried to calm one another’s nerves before setting out, but to our surprise, this trip was quite different than what we are used to. The kids stayed calm, quiet, and the one time they asked if we were close to getting there, it was because they were worried about their time in the car running out. What?!

So how did this blessed bizarro world come upon us? It was a pretty simple change to our packing list, actually. For this trip, we gave the kids the Kids E-Z Travel Lap Tray and let them bring along a few things of their choosing to pair with the trays. Just simply having a solid surface to accommodate their games, snacks, and a drink helped the kids stay calm and comfortable in the car. Instead of focusing on what they didn’t have or what they wanted, the kids had all they needed at hand and were enjoying the ride more than ever.

Another bonus throughout the trip is that the Kids E-Z Travel Lap Tray helped to keep all the kids’ stuff gathered together. We didn’t have loose game cartridges, crayons, or coloring books strewn across the back seat or car floor, and the kids could easily bring their entertainment between the car and the Airbnb. The difference between this trip and previous trips was night and day.

Head over to the store to get a look at more information on the Kids E-Z Travel Lap Tray and make sure to pick one up for each of your kids before that next big road trip. With Labor Day, a huge road trip holiday approaching, you have plenty of time to order.

Add Some Safety and Convenience to Your Stroller

When out with babies or toddlers, a stroller often acts as a lot more than just rolling seat for your little one. A good stroller gets packed up with snacks, diapers, toys, spare clothes, that random sock that you always swear you’re going to take out, and whatever else you might need for the day. Also, the back of the stroller acts as a perfect spot to hang a diaper bag or a purse to lighten the load for a moment.

But no matter how good the stroller is, eventually your child is going to want to be carried, and when the seat is empty, often times the weight shifts. Without thinking about it, you hang your purse or diaper back on the handle and the entire stroller topples backwards. It’s a common frustration, but we’ve come up with an easy to use product that stabilizes your stroller and keeps it from falling backwards.

The Steady Stroller Weights come in a pack of two and attach to the front legs of your stroller. These weights are easy to install, won’t interfere with the stroller’s ability to fold up, and can are durable enough to handle the demands of going everywhere your family goes.

Aside from the added convenience of not having your stroller tipping over, it’s much safer for your child. Head on over to our store and take a look at the Steady Stroller Weights in more detail and see a bit more about how they work and how easy they are to use.

Packing Lunch for Work Made Easy

One of the best ways to save money while eating healthier is to pack your own lunch rather than eating out during the work day. It’s estimated that one person can save, on average, about $1500 per year by packing their own lunch during the work week. But let’s be honest, far too often we trade away money saving opportunities for a bit of convenience.

When it comes to packing a lunch, it’s much more than just making food. You end up having to juggle several different sizes of plastic tubs while trying to keep your calm as the last lid you need seems to have grown legs and escaped during the night. After finally finding that lid, you notice that you’re out of plastic bags. At this point you throw your hands up and decide that you can squeeze in a quick trip through the fast food drive-through. You’ll try again tomorrow. Maybe.

We know it doesn’t need to be so hard to get lunch made, packed, and sent along to work or school. Whether you’re making something fresh or you’re packing leftovers from the previous day’s meal, our Silicone Stretch-N-Seal lids and our Slide N Save Reusable Bags make it as easy as it should be.

With the Silicone Stretch-N-Seal Lids, you can use bowls, cans, plastic containers, cups, or just about anything else to store your food and take it along without having to dig around for the perfect lid size to match. It takes seconds to have your food ready to go, and you’re not left with the lid and container juggler act.

silicone lid

With the Slide N Save Reusable Bags, you have the perfect bag for pasta, fresh vegetables, fruit, dry foods, snacks, and even soup. You can heat your meal up right in the bag, making it easy to prepare your food at work. Unlike sandwich bags, these won’t leak, are durable enough to throw into a backpack or messenger bag, and are 100% microwave safe. The Slide N Save Reusable Bags are also dishwasher safe.

Not only will both of these products help you simplify the lunch packing process, you’ll also reduce the amount of plastic bags you use. We hope that we can help you simplify your lunch routines while making it easier to eat healthier while saving money. Check out the store to see our current deals and offers.

With ModFamily, You Won’t Survive Summer…You’ll Thrive

Let’s be honest, summer can be pretty challenging for parents. Some days, the crazy rush to get kids ready for the bus with adequately combed hair and questionably brushed teeth feels like easy mode compared to figuring out how to entertain cooped up kids in hot weather. It can’t be all Fortnite and Netflix, so we have a handful of products that will make both parents and kids happy to be at home or on the go in summer.

Gel Glide Sticks

Far better than crayons or markers, the Gel Glide Sticks will keep kids coloring for hours without making a mess of your home. These are bright, vibrant, and won’t bleed through pages. Since they can draw on paper, canvas, glass, or wood, your kids will find countless ways to express their creativity with them.

Kids E-Z Travel Lap Tray

With kids out of school, they’re coming with you on those errands you usually were able to squeeze in between school bells. Great for car rides or for packing things along on the go, the E-Z Travel Lap Tray helps your kids keep things organized and together while giving them a solid surface for coloring, snacking, or games.

My Brick Case

Keeping control of messes in the house, especially where the kids play, is one of summer’s greatest challenges. The My Brick Case will save your sanity and the arches of your feet as it helps keep all those toy bricks neatly stored in one place.

Little Nook Child Play Tent

At certain times, you just need to get those kids out of the house, and the Little Nook Child Play Tent is a favorite for active families. Always great for hot days when kids need a little bit of shade or for breezy days where a little shelter is nice to have, the Little Nook sets up quickly and easily anywhere. Excellent for creating space for imagination anywhere or a cozy spot for a quick nap, the Little Nook is one of our most popular products for summer.

We have plenty more to help you get through summer, including products for the kitchen or to pack snacks along for those fun picnics and road trips. Head on over to the store and see what might help you make summer a more enjoyable time with your family.

Staying on Track with your 2018 Resolutions

January is nearly behind us, but all those resolutions we made are still fresh on our minds. Whether we chose to eat better foods, work out more, spend more time with our kids, reduce clutter in our homes, read more books, pick up a new hobby, or whatever it might be, by  now we’re starting to realize that there’s one huge challenge to overcome: time. No matter the resolution, time is our biggest limiting factor when it comes to being successful. As parents, time is very limited, so finding ways to create extra time or maximize the time we do have is critical.

ModFamily was created to simplify everyday life for parents and provide them with more time to spend with their loved ones, to relax, and to work on self-improvement. If you can save a few minutes in the kitchen, a few minutes at nap time, a few during play time, and a few more while running errands, you’ll be amazed at how quickly those minutes add up.

Saving Time in the Kitchen

Few things that are so simple as our Stretch-N-Seal Silicone Stretch Lids can save someone so much time. Eliminate the frustration of digging around a messy cabinet to find matching lids for plastic containers by quickly stretching a lid across any container instead. Save leftovers in the dish they are served in, which will reduce cleanup times as well. These silicone stretch lids are dishwasher safe, durable, and easy to use. Cut down on frustration and save some time.

One of our newer products, the Slide N Save Reusable Bags, are a fantastic product that saves time and money while cutting down on waste. These silicone bags are excellent for storing a wide range of foods or ingredients, for marinading meats and vegetables, for taking leftovers on the go, and even for cooking foods right in the bag with a microwave or boiling water.

Saving Time on the Go

Many of our products are designed to be taken on the go, especially when you’re bringing your kids along. We have several products that help you pack along snacks, drinks, and even books and activities for the kids to keep your kids happy and comfortable while outside the home. Save the extra stops you usually need to make to keep kids from melting down, and you’ll be surprised at how long trips to get errands done can be cut down dramatically.

modFamily Kids E-Z Travel Tray

Save Time During Quiet Time

Quiet and focused time for kids is critical for them to expand their imaginations and creativity. Far too often, however, it feels like we spend more time getting our kids to settle down and play quietly than they actually spend playing. Whether it’s time for art, toys, books, or even a quick nap, the Little Nook Child Play Tent is a true time saver. Quick and easy to set up, kids are drawn to the tent immediately, whether you set it up inside or outside. Given their own little space in the world, kids will quickly focus and settle in to play or create.

indoor play tent

With all the time and frustration you can save getting through the daily routine, you’ll find that you have better focus, energy, and willingness to work on your resolutions.

Lego on the Go: My Brick Case

Few things calm down kids and get them to play as quietly and focused as well as building blocks. Kids can spend hours putting their imagination to work as they create buildings, vehicles, and all sorts of other creations. As great as building blocks and bricks are, they’re about the least portable toy out there. To allow your little ones to be able to bring their creations on the go, we’re offering the My Brick Case.

The My Brick Case allows for easy storage of any brand of building bricks, including Lego. More than just a travel case, the interior of the My Brick Case has studded plates on the sides, allowing you to build right into the case and keeping everything secure while on the go. Kids can build in the car, on an airplane, or anywhere else you might travel without the fear of losing bricks. If your hands have felt the pain of trying to jam your fingers deep under the seats to retrieve that ever-so-valuable fallen brick for your upset child, you know how much of a lifesaver the My Brick Case can be.

As an added bonus, the My Brick Case comes with 50 building bricks included adding to your current stash of bricks. The My Brick Case is a great present for kids this holiday season or a fantastic pickup, for now, to make your holiday travels a little more enjoyable.

To see more details on the My Brick Case or to order now, head on over to the product page: https://modfamily.com/product/my-brick-case/