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3 Mistakes Parents Make with Technology

Happy Friday (and St. Patrick’s Day) Kansas City! Our Tech expert, Burton Kelso is back with another tech savvy post, helping parents to fix some mistakes we tend to make with our kiddos and technology. So, if you feel overwhelmed by technology and kids, take some advice from Mr. Kelso to get the family back on track. Take a look…

3 Mistakes Parents Make with Technology

3 Mistakes Parents Make with Technology

 

Everywhere you look, kids are spending more time with their technology devices. While technology has allowed us to access vast amounts of information and has become a great source of entertainment, it has become the number one source of conflict between parents and their children at home. The problem with technology is it doesn’t turn itself off. Also, many parents are guilty of using technology as a babysitter. I get it. It’s easier to give your kid some form of electronic simulation. It keeps them distracted and allows you to ‘adult’. You get stuff done if they are engaged in tech and it helps them become more tech saavy … right? Wrong! Setting limits on bad behaviors is a very important part of being a good parent. Technology is good, but it will never replace that parent to kid time they need. Setting limits on technology will make you the bad parent, but it is key to preventing problems with technology use in your home. So what mistakes are you making? Here is a list of the most common mistakes parents make and how to fix them.

 

#1 Failure to Set Limits on Technology Usage.

How much time you allow them to spend with their tech is up to you, but for the love of God don’t allow them to use it all day everyday. Two hours a day everyday is the suggested amount, but you don’t have to stick with that.  Just set limits on how much screen time they have daily. Screen time includes TV, video games, iPods.  If your kids spend too much time in front of a screen, it can lead to obesity, sleep problems, and behavior problems.  Be sure to give your kids the freedom to decide how they will spend their time away from the screen. I suggest giving them some leeway for times like rainy days, cold weather, and long car rides, rather than having rigid, all-or-nothing schedule, but always remember, having no rules will lead to big problems down the road.

#2 Not Having Enough Family Activities without Technology.

Families are spending more time in front of their screens. Immediately posting photos to social media, logging on to your favorite streaming service to watch movies, the list goes on. Be sure to create activities that don’t involve a screen. So what do you do?  Give them ideas for what to do instead. Also, it would be a good idea for your family to plan a day of unplugging from technology or having a No Tech zone in certain areas of your home such as the dining room. Plan a game night for your family. Show your kids how they should experience the world by planning non tech family activities.

 

#3 Parents are also Tech Addicts  

Parents, you have to set the example with your technology use. Kids will mimic your actions. If they see you using technology on a consistent basis, they will think it’s ok for them to do it too. When you stop and realize that most adults spend more than seven hours a day interacting with some form of technology, it’s not hard to imagine why your kids are doing it too. Just like you set limits with your kids, you need to learn to set limits with yourself. You can wait to send that work e-mail. With most shows on being accessible from a streaming service, you don’t have worry about missing your favorite show. Your kids need you to pay attention to them, not to the device in your hand.

 

The bottom line is you must control technology or technology will control your kids. Too much technology not healthy for any young person. Find the right balance for technology in your home and eliminate tech addiction in your kid’s future.

 

Burton Kelso is the Owner and Chief Technology Expert at Integral, an on-site and remote technology repair company for consumers and businesses. He regularly appears as a guest tech correspondent on ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS on shows such as Better Kansas City, Kansas City Live, and the FOX 4 morning show, offering viewers easy tips on technology, Internet lifestyle, and gadgets. He can be reached at 888-256-0829 or email at burton@integralcomputerconsultants.com

 


25 Activities to Keep Your Kids Engaged this Winter Break

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25 Activities to Keep Your Kids Engaged this
Winter Break

 

Winter break to parents mean one thing NO SCHOOL! And if you don’t have a plans, cabin fever can kick in pretty early. So, this winter break, keep the kiddos entertained, save some money and have a great break.

 

Here are a few things you can do anywhere!

 

#1 Build a snowman

Most of the time there is snow on the ground so why not play in it!? Get all bundled up and head out side to build your own Olaf or snowman. No snow? No problem! Make your own indoor snow with baking soda and white hair conditioner!

 

#2 Have a family talent show

If it’s TOO cold to go outside, have a family talent show. My kids love, love, love America’s Got Talent so they are always up to show what they can do! Let the kids practice during the day and after dinner let the show begin!

 

#3 Have a movie marathon

If I could, I would watch Netflix all day! There are so many different movies and shows available it would probably take years to watch everything! So make a list of the ones you want to see, grab some snacks and enjoy!

 

#4 Have a scavenger hunt inside

What kid doesn’t like a game where you seek hidden treasures?! Make a list of little toys, random items or shapes and let the kids explore around the house!

 

#5 Go ice skating

NEED I SAY MORE?

 

#6 Game night

Pull out the classics, make your own or play some of your kids! There are so many games out now, you can have game night often!

 

#7 DIY night

Hooray for Pinterest lol! You could lose yourself in so many different crafts it’s unreal! Pick a theme and once everyone is done, you can even put on an art show!

 

#8 Have a slumber party

Turn your front room into a fort and let your kiddos imaginations run wild! Or if you don’t want to risk losing a night of sleep, wear your pajamas during the day and make little beds in the front room.

 

#9 Redecorate rooms/home

When the kids are older, this one is definitely a go to! They can help with heavy lifting, deep cleaning and even give you a break by decorating their own space.

 

#10 Make a special brunch

Brunch is my favorite so why not make a special one during their winter break! They can invite their friends and you can invite yours! Really feeling hum drum during the break? Make it special with unique invites and dress up!

 

#11 Snowball fight

This one in my opinion is more for the kids themselves lol. Let them burn off some energy with a friendly snowball fight in the yard.

 

#12 Visit a museum

This is probably one of my favorite things to do! Most museums are free and have tons of cool stuff that will keep everyone happy. Check your closest museum for special kid activities, they are sure to have plenty during the winter time!

 

#13 Go sledding

Like having a snow ball fight, this is one activity that is sure to use up that extra energy! I mean they are basically running up hills! HAHAHA

 

#14 Bake cookies

Baking can make your day go by so fast! Plan to make a few different items, play some music and fill your home with sweet smells! Plus the littles love using cookie cutters!

 

#15 Visit distant family members

One sure way to avoid cabin fever is taking trips! Long or short, a change of scenery will keep the entire family pleased!

 

#16 Karaoke party

We love music in my family so we are always singing! So why not take it up a notch and invite some family or close friends over!

 

#17 Read your favorite childhood books

This one is more for me than the kids lol. I love reading classic books I grew up with to my kids. Plus the looks on their face when they hear a new book is always a great feeling.

 

#18 Go to a sport event

Just about every major city has some form of sports team. NFL, NBA, MLB, Arena or Semi- Pro. If you aren’t sure, just look your city up, google knows everything!

 

#19 See a musical or play

There are always special plays or musicals that come to town around this time of year so the pickins aren’t slim!

TIP: want to cut costs on those expensive play tickets, call your local box office and ask for group rates! Get the whole family or group of friends involved so you won’t have to pay as much.

 

#20 Have a dance party

Sometimes you just gotta dance! Forget the dishes, stop folding laundry or whatever chore you have and spend 10 minutes just dancing! You will feel more relaxed and the kiddos while get a break from “boredom.”

 

#21 Invite family friends over that have kids

Play dates are a win win. You can still do an activity with your kids but also have adult to talk to! Everyone is happy!

 

#22 Visit the library

Another favorite thing to do is visit the library! They always have family activities that are educational as well! Plus it’s FREE!

 

#23 Update family photos

Winter break is the perfect time to update those family photos. There are no after school activities, no homework to do and you have more time throughout the day to get the whole family picture ready. Plus, they are usually ready in time for when they go back to school!

 

#24 Go shopping

Taking the kiddos shopping is always eye opening even if it’s only window shopping. You find out what they like, dislike and can even get some ideas for birthday presents!

 

#25 Learn about other countries and what they do in winter

The world is a big place, and whatever you are doing, someone may be doing the complete opposite. Research and discover what other countries are like during winter!

 

As your kids get ready for winter break, I hope these tips give you some ideas on what you and your kiddos can do for a fantastic break!

 

From iFamily to Yours,

brigettev8

 

 

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How to Host a Mock Election for Kids

How to Host a Mock Election for Kids

 

 

How to Host a Mock Election for Kids!

 

 

The big presidential election is coming up in less than a week on November 8th, 2016. I wanted to find a way to get my daughter involved in the election and voting process so I decided to hold a mock election! She was very interested in learning about voting and about our country’s democracy! Check out what we did on our Mock Election Night!

 

First, we checked out some books at the library about voting and presidents. We picked a few pages out of each book to read. The books we chose were Political Elections, The People Pick A President, and Rightfully Ours: How Women Won the Vote. Other recommended pictures books for kids include: Grace for President, Monster Needs Your Vote, and If I Ran for President.

How to Host a Mock Election for Kids

 

Next, we created a simple ballot box out of a tissue box, construction paper, glitter, and stencils! My daughter was very excited about this part!

How to Host a Mock Election for Kids

 

Then, we set up a makeshift voting booth and station. Our puppet show worked perfectly for a voting booth!

How to Host a Mock Election for Kids

 

 

We found these super cute ballots, registration cards, and “I Voted” stickers to add to our fun! You can download and print these for FREE.

 

How to Host a Mock Election for Kids

 

Lastly, we cast our vote for President of the United States!

How to Host a Mock Election for Kids

 

 

She was so proud to have voted and was excited to find out the results! By a landslide victory, we declared our winner and had a little celebratory dance around the living room!

 

How to Host a Mock Election for Kids

 

One of the books we read discussed how as a high school student you can run for class president. And I am so proud to say, without missing a beat, my 7 year old daughter replied, “Or I could just run for president!”

 

There are tons of activities and resources online to get your kids involved in the voting and election process. On election night we plan on turning on the tv to see if our winner is declared the President of the United States! As an extra fun thing to do, I plan on making some fun red, white and blue fruit skewers with marshmallows, blueberries, and raspberries!

 

This is one simple way to teach your kids about the process of voting and elections in America. How have you involved your kids in the election? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

 

How to Host a Mock Election for Kids

 

From iFamily to Yours,

iFamMomSqdErinV2

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5 Tips for Encouraging Gratefulness in Kids

Happy Tuesday, Kansas City! I hope you all are recovering from Halloween last night. I can hardly believe it’s November! The great part of this month is that it often reminds us to be grateful. Sometimes, with all the hustle and bustle of life, it can be difficult to keep perspective with this. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette has some great tips to help you encourage gratefulness in your kiddos. Check it out!

5 Tips for Encouraging Gratefulness in Kids

 

5 Tips for Encouraging Gratefulness in Kids

 

As a mom of 4, I know what it’s like to go all day, all week feeling underappreciated. Even the embarrassment of apologizing for your kid’s attitude, rude comments or just being straight up ungrateful. And over the years, I have learned that raising kids is not some cookie cutter fantasy land where everyone is perfect. Let’s face it, kids will be kids! But does that mean that we just let them flow freely trying to figure out how “they” want to treat others or how “they” want to respond to certain situations? Of course not… we want our kids to be well mannered, respectful, wholesome children.

As a seasoned mom, I know that a child who is grateful, tends to ease a lot of pain in the parenting world. So, I have decided to share with you my top 5 tips on how to encourage gratefulness in children.

Be a GRATEFUL parent

Our kids are like little sponges and they soak up everything. We must lead by example at all times… and because we are human, when we know we are not showing respect or being ungrateful, we must correct ourselves. How can we expect our little ones to be appreciative if we aren’t?

Don’t give in.

No matter how cute they say “mommy/ daddy please” or how many times they flutter those lashes, we can’t always give them what they want. No matter how much they whine, cry or if they are like mine, bargain, just say no! It’s ok, look at it as character building. Which leads me to…

Allow them to “adult” i.e. work for it.

Chores and responsibilities are a major deal in our house. The more they work to earn something, the better they will take care of it and appreciate it. When they are older you can start making things even more clearly by going over a budget with them. Let them see just where everything goes and how much time and effort goes into making the whole family comfortable. Every grocery trip I tell my kids our budget and we get what we need first. Then, if we have room in the budget we can throw in a few wants too.

Remind them of all the blessings you have.

You don’t have to throw it in their face every single second of the day, but when it’s clear that they are just not getting the full picture, don’t be afraid to remind them! Let’s be honest, with kids we want to paint the world for them as sunshine and rainbows. But the reality is, it’s not and them being reminded that whatever they have, someone somewhere doesn’t is ok.

Last but not least,

Please and thank you!

I tend to go overboard with this one lol. A please and Thank you is required for just about everything! Not only does it show respect, but it shows that you are kind and grateful for what some has done for you or what they will do for you. You can honestly never say it enough.

Well there it is folks! My top 5 tips on encouraging your child to be grateful. Does it happen overnight? Nope! Will it be constant work? Yep! Will it be worth it? ABSOLUTELY!

What do you do to encourage gratefulness in your kids? Let us know in the comments!

From iFamily to Yours,brigettev8
5 Tips for Encouraging Gratefulness in Kids

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Great Christmas Gifts Older Children Can Make

Charming Magnet Necklaces

What you’ll need:

  • 20-inch length of 1/8-inch braided elastic
  • 1-inch metal washer
  • Strong nontoxic glue such as Weldbond Universal
  • Small strong craft magnet ($3 at craft stores)
  • Clear packing tape
  • Artwork or photos on card stock
  • 1-inch-circle hole punch (or a quarter, a pencil, and scissors)
  • Metal bottle caps
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic glaze ($6 at craft stores or plaidonline.com)
  • Fine glitter (optional)

How to make it:

  1. Make the necklace base by looping the elastic cord around the washer as shown, then gluing the magnet to the washer.
  2. To prevent bleeding or fading, apply a layer of packing tape to the front and back of your artwork or photos. Next, cut the images into circles with the hole punch (or trace a quarter over the image, then trim along the line with scissors).

Squeeze a thin layer of glaze into a bottle cap and press one of the cutout images into it. Let it dry, then fill the cap the rest of the way with glaze (adding a sprinkle of glitter first, if you like). Repeat to create a set, then let them dry overnight.

Courtesy of  www.Spoonful.com and Family Fun Magazine

 

Bowling Boys

What you’ll need:

  • Grosgrain ribbon
  • 10 wooden “boy” game pieces (available at craft stores or caseyswood.com)
  • Double-sided carpet tape
  • Ultra-fine permanent marker
  • Small rubber ball
  • Small plastic bag
  • Paper

How to make it:

  1. For each bowling boy, wrap the ribbon around the body and trim it to fit. Trim a length of tape to the same size as the ribbon, then use it to secure the ribbon to the game piece. Repeat with the remaining game pieces.
  2. With the marker, draw a face and hair on each piece. Package the boys with the ball in the small plastic bag. Staple on a paper tag with instructions to set the pieces on a tabletop, then use the ball to bowl them over.                  Courtesy of  www.Spoonful.com and Family Fun Magazine

Family Story Comic Book

What you’ll need:

  • 3 to 5 sheets of 8 1/2- by 11-inch white
  • card stock
  • 9 1/2- by 6-inch piece of colored card stock
  • 3- by 2-inch piece of cardboard
  • Ruler
  • Colored pencils

How to make it:

  1. Fold a sheet of white card stock in half lengthwise, then fold it in half again, short side to short side, and cut along this fold. Repeat with the other sheets to make as many pages as you like.
  2. For the cover, fold the colored card stock in half, short side to short side. Insert the white pages between the covers and staple them along the spine.
  3. Use the cardboard to trace 2 illustration panels per page. Have your child draw in the panels, then title and decorate the front of the book.

Courtesy of  www.Spoonful.com and Family Fun Magazine

Great Christmas Gifts Older Children Can Make
Submitted by Keri Nichol

 


As the hot weather gave in, I thought it time to take a trip with the kids out to Bonner Springs for the Renaissance Festival. It has been about 10 years since I had been and I wasn’t sure I was going to like it but we had a great time. We spent about 4 hours out there doing all kinds of fun things. When we first came into the festival my youngest daughter, Jasmine, was given a Bingo sheet where she was to find different characters throughout the day and then if she got a BINGO she was to bring the sheet back to the entrance and redeem for her prize. She was absolutely convinced she was going to get an awesome knick knack to take home. So the game was on and we all played trying to search out different characters.

There were lots of things for the kids to do. You could get face art, ride a ride for $1, do some sand art in a bottle for between $6-$12, buys lots of different costumes for about $8 and up. My girls saw the elephant ride and fell in love. For $4 each they got to take a lap around the elephant area on top of a real live animal. Evidently the elephant was hungry because he kept trying to eat the trees above him but the girls were very excited anyways.

Then we took a walk through the mermaid area and read all about how the Mermaids were discovered. Then they got to see “real” one.

For lunch we sat on hay bales and ate some chicken strips and fries, which were $5 and too bad of a price for a festival. Then, Jewelia had a hair piece made with one of the characters, we watched the parade, seen some fire, bird and fighting shows and thought we’d call it a day. Unfortunately, Jasmine had one more character she needed before she could call a BINGO. It was Rapunzel. Oh my goodness, we searched out Ms. Rapunzel for at least an hour before finally finding her in the Queens Quarters. We returned Jasmines Bingo Card to the entrance and she was rewarded…….with a free ride card for one of the rides in the Children’s Realm. Although, we were all very ready to leave, Jasmine had to ride her ride so we waited in line for the Barrel Swing. After a fairly short wait Jasmine decided she didn’t actually want to ride and that we could now leave.  Don’t you love the thought process of our children…lol

 

All in all it was a GREAT day. This was such a fun activity to do with the children. You want to make it a day event since it is a fairly long trip and after all the walking and adventure you are pretty worn out afterwards. The bathrooms that we used did have changing tables for the babes which was a big relief since I didn’t know what to expect. Words of advice….don’t bring your umbrella stroller, it is very hard to maneuver in that terrain; don’t lotion up your feet and wear sandals or crocks or you will leave with very nasty feet, and do bring some cash and the whole family cause you will have a great time.

– Keri Nichol: www.newfrugalmomma.wordpress.com


KC Pumpkin Patch FUN for the Whole Family!

Fall time is upon us and that means lots of fun at the pumpkin patches. This past weekend we loaded up the kids and headed out to Gardner KS to the KC Pumpkin Patch. Normal admission is $9/person with kids 2 and under free. That gets you into the patch and allows you to participate in many free activities. My kids had fun watching the shows, going through the haunted barn, having duck races and racing kids on the pedal cars. Then we dug out a little change and went to feed the goats and the pigs. They are free to pet but the feed is a quarter if you want to do that.

 

Next on the list were a couple of the activities that were a little extra. My 7 year old went in the spinning ball for $2 and my 9 year old who was super scared of the ball decided she would shoot the gourds for $1. After that little adventure we had some more of the free fun and went down the giant slide in potato sacks.

 

We were all a little worn out from all the fun and posing for pictures so we thought we would take a tractor ride out to the pumpkin patch to pick out our pumpkins. Pumpkins at the patch are .60/lb. and gourds are $1 each. The kids all picked out their own pumpkin. Bigger seemed to be better until they got tired of packing them around so they traded in for something a little more manageable. We decided not to participate in the corn maze although lots of people appeared to be having a great time. On the way back from the patch on the tractor ride we got to see the area where the Fear Farm takes place at night and boy did it look scary.

We found a wagon when we got off the tractor and loaded up our pumpkins, got some kettle corn and shopped in the country store. Then we looked at all the giant pumpkins and decided it was time to head out.  We made a day of the KC Pumpkin Patch and had a terrific time out in nature. I think we will be returning again next year to pick out our pumpkins.

 

www.kcpumpkinpatch.com

Submitted by Keri Nichols, iFamilyKC Mom Squad Member


Accelerated Reader Tools in Schools and Home

For the past couple of years my kids have been tested at school on their reading ability and comprehension. Through this special test that they are given the teachers are able to give them what is called an AR (Accelerated Reader) rating. “For example, when you see an AR rating of 4.5, that indicates that the book is considered appropriate reading level for a reader in the fourth grade at the fifth month of schooling.  Please keep in mind that these are simply guidelines.  There will be children you are capable of reading books above their level, as well as those who will only be able to tackle books below their assigned reading level.  Every child is an individual and develops at different rates” (The Reader’s Polaris, 2013). This rating can be used by the children and the parents to choose books that are appropriate for their child’s reading level. Normally the kids are tested at the beginning of the school year and then again at the end of school. There is also a website that allows the children to enter their AR rating and their book interests and the search engine will find books that meet those specific criteria. This site can be found at http://www.arbookfind.com/UserType.aspx. If you are interested in testing your own child you can find the quiz and other info here:  http://www.renlearn.com/ar/takeaquiz.aspx.

References: The Readers Polaris. Retrieved on 9/4/2013 from http://readerspolaris.wordpress.com/what-are-ar-ratings/.

– Keri Nichol www.newfrugalmomma.wordpress.com


Raising Children Who Volunteer

I have always felt that volunteering with my children is important. With a new baby it has become more difficult. However, normally my husband and I take turns volunteering with the kids and the other staying home with the baby. This time it was my husband’s turn. He took my oldest with him to Nowlin Middle School in the Independence School District and they volunteered for Project Shine 2013 this past Sat.  It gave him quality time with her and it always taught her how to contribute to society, help the community, and how good hard working people can make a difference.

“Volunteering with children is a great way to help them learn about giving back. Children learn valuable skills while “on the job.” Homeschooled students, who may have more time available for volunteering, could also enjoy the additional socialization opportunities presented through volunteering. Another benefit of volunteering is children learn about the concerns of the organization and what need it fills in the community. Consequently, the children also have an opportunity to remember what they have to be thankful for.

Work Together

It’s important to work side-by-side with your child, since leading by example has been shown to be the most effective form of teaching. Children who see their parents volunteering are much more likely to believe in the value of working to help others.

Naturally, working side-by-side with your child will allow you to assist him/her when necessary, ensuring the child’s presence is a help, not a hindrance to the organization’s staff and other volunteers.

An additional benefit of working with your child as a volunteer is the bonding that occurs when people work together as a team. Also, when people are focused on a task, it sometimes fosters deep conversations that may not have occurred with more direct eye contact.” (Palmatier, Kelly. Retrieved on 7/16/2013 from http://www.compassionatekids.com/volunteering.shtml.)

Our next adventure together will be at the Harvesters. I want the kids to see how much Harvesters helps our community with their Backsnack Program. Therefore, we will be helping to pack the Backsnack bags and learning a lot doing it.

Below are some links to just a few of the volunteer opportunities in the Kansas City area:

American Red Cross, Greater Kansas City Chapter
211 W. Armour Blvd., Kansas City
(816) 931-8400 or http://www.kcredcross.org/
Help in a variety of programs.
Big Brothers Big Sisters program. You can make a difference for a kid.
Call Scott at 816-561-5269 if interested in more details or filling out a BIG application.

Christmas In October
info@christmasinoctober.org
816-531-6443
P.O.box 32108
K.C.Mo 64171
One Saturday volunteering with a crew can drastically improve the quality of life for some inner city folks on a fixed income. Be a part of this 25 yr tradition by showing up & having fun helping our own citizens.
Community Services League
300 W. Maple, Independence
http://www.communityserv.org/
Opportunities include sorting clothes and inputting data. Time commitment varies.

Habitat for Humanity Kansas City
1423 E. Linwood Blvd., Kansas City
Kate Fields: (816) 924-1096 or http://www.habitatkc.org/
Serve as construction volunteers; type of work varies. Workday is 8pm-4:30pm

Harvesters
3801 Topping, Kansas City
(816) 929-3000 or http://www.harvesters.org/
Sort food and assist at special events. (Contact: Paula Pratt, volunteer services manager.)

HELP Humane
511 Main Street, Belton, MO 64012
Must love animals! Dog walking, litter box scooping, filling food/water bowls, cleaning, laundry, and playing with the shelter animals.
Must attend orientation before volunteering. These are held on Wednesday evenings at 6pm. Please call in advance to be put on the orientation calendar.
816-318-4357; diana@helphumane.org or shannon@helphumane.org
http://www.helphumane.org/


Pampers Splashers Review

By: Keri Nichol

So Memorial weekend was just here and we headed to the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks with the family. Although the water was a little on the chilly side we couldn’t kick off the summer right without swimming. I dug out the Splashers that I had left over from my daughters when they were little and figured they would work for my 10 month old baby boy since no one at the lake would care (or see) that he had Dora the Explorer on his diaper.  After getting him all dressed in his swim suit he sat with his Papa while we got the girls ready for the day and after about 10 min. Papa said that his shirt was wet. He swore that Jacksyn, my little boy, had peed on him. But how could that be, I had just put him in a brand new Splashers so I thought maybe it was a spilling Sippy. So we get into the car and get to the dock where we swim and carrying Jacksyn on my hip I became soaking wet. He had peed through that Splashers all over my side as if he was in nothing but underwear.

 

To be fair, I chalked this up to the idea that I had used my daughters old Splashers which are girls. I assumed the idea of boy/girl Splashers were related to the design of either Dora or Diego but just maybe they were made different to. Maybe the absorbency in the girls is more in the bottom and the boys is more absorbent up in front. This is the reasoning I gave for these not working.

 

When I got home from the lake I looked it up online to see if I was right about my theory with the absorbency location thinking maybe I could get by with turning the Splashers backward to still work for my  son since I still had a large package left and didn’t want to waste them. I was super surprised by what statements I found online from the company.

If you go their website and read the customer reviews you see that there were several issues with sizing and also people complaining about the absorbency (and yes they were using the correct sex diaper). The part that shocked me was that they say the diapers were designed to help children in the pool and not to swell like ordinary diapers when wet. They are not to be worn like ordinary disposable diapers. However, what is the point in putting a diaper on a child if they are going to have urine running down their leg the first time they potty. Doesn’t that mean that that urine is getting into our swimming pools? I could save myself $10 and just let my baby go in the nude.  And, just for the record, nothing I found distinguished anything different between the girl/boy Splashers other than the printed design. It doesn’t appear to be made different at all. I also found that many people recommended the use of Huggies swim diapers over Pampers even when they normally prefer Pampers disposable diapers on a regular basis. Maybe that will be an upcoming review as well.