I want to share some of the things we're doing in this house that are working.
Not because I'm doing it all right (Truth be told, I'm doing a lot wrong.) or because I'm chock-full of good ideas (I can't take credit for most of these ideas because the bulk of them came from books or magazines or other mothers much wiser than myself.) but simply because I want to share what's working for us and because I want to gleam ideas from what's working around your house as well.
So periodically, I'm hoping to share one new thing that is working around here. I'll share why we're doing it, how we're doing it, and any other tips that I can think of that have helped us along the way.
And in return, I'm hoping you'll share with me what you're doing, why you're doing it, how you're doing it and any other tips you can think of that have helped in your success.
Get Out of Trouble Free Cards
In all fairness, I have no clue where I got this idea from and the only reason I'm even mentioning it is because I've received so many emails and questions about the Get Out of Trouble Free cards that we give to the kids each year at Christmastime, so I figured I'd share.
And the great news is that this idea doesn't require any long-winded explanation or any great parental feats.
It just requires a printer.
The cards you see my kids holding (above) are the cards I printed up for them last Christmas, but honestly, they aren't anything special to look at. (The cards, not my kids.)
So tonight, I spent a little time making some prettier cards for you all.
To use the Get Out of Trouble Free cards below:
- Double-click on the image you want to save.
- Right-click on the enlarged image and then select 'save as' to save the file to your computer.
- Using a photo editing program like Photoshop Elements, resize the image (I think 3x3's or 4x4's at 300 dpi will look best) and then add a name to it using the font of your choice like I did in the samples below or resize and print them 'as is' and add the name in your own handwriting.
- Give them to your kids on their birthday, on Christmas, or on some random Tuesday for no reason at all.
*Note that these instructions should work similarly for both Mac and PC users.
We just remind our kids that they can't use their Get Out of Trouble Free cards with their school principal or the police.
Those are the only rules.
And here's a link to the Lunch Date tickets I made too.