Tuesday, July 15, 2008

My solution for children's manicures and pedicures

Forget about the diapers, teething, breastfeeding, toys underfoot...you know how overwhelmed I am with keeping three kids' fingernails and toenails properly trimmed, right? Well, I've hit upon a solution that makes it a little easier.

I trim their nails outside on the lawn!

Since I started doing this, I don't have to keep track of where the little pieces of nail fly when I trim them in the house. Perhaps everyone else is doing this already, and it took me four years and three children to figure it out, but I thought I'd share in case there's even only one person out there who might benefit.

When I finish with one kid, I can call the next kid over to trim his/her nails, while still watching all the kids play. And I have been known to do my own nails outside, too.

It works for me! See Shannon's site for other bloggers' eureka moments.

11 comments:

Carol said...

If I lived to be a million, I never would have thought of that. Brilliant!

The Momster said...

That is a great idea - I am going to tell the hubs :) He always fusses about 'nail clippings'.

Kelsey S said...

That is an awesome idea! I seriously never thought about that!

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Mrs. Querido said...

Well, I for one wasn't one who was doing that...lol! Great post, thanks for the tip!

Veggiemomof2 said...

Great idea!

Kelli said...

Genius!!! The only other idea I've seen was on Jon & Kate Plus 8 - she had a little plasic container she held underneath their fingers, but I don't know how she kept it in place. I would think you'd need a 3rd hand! Clipping nails is such a battle with my 2 year old, I'll try anything at this point! haha!

craftymom said...

That is a great idea. Nail clippings tend to gross me out!

When my kids were little and it was a battle to trim their nails, I'd often do it while they were sleeping, but had to keep track of where the nails fell.

A&EMom said...

We clip in the bathroom sink. The girl's happy because she gets to perch up there looking in the mirror and I don't have to chase down little nail shards!

The Apron Queen said...

I have been sighted giving myelf pedicures on the front porch steps for this very reason. Plus, I like to give the neighbors something to talk about. :)

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Karen said...

Good idea. I never thought of that one! When my daughter was a baby, I used to trim her nails while she slept so I didn't have to deal with a bunch of squirming around.

Audra Krell said...

This is a great idea! I hate trying to keep everything on a kleenex...there are always escapees. Thanks for sharing because I never thought of this!