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Thursday, March 12, 2009

I just knew.....

there was a legitimate reason to keep m&m's in the house....

the peanut kind, that is....

Sometimes a handful of peanut m&m's- eaten in the closet... by myself for a couple of minutes- gets me through the afternoon.

and yes, I hide them from my kids.

This weekend at my son's birthday party, good friends of ours- who I have confessed to about searching in the cabinet, in a panic, for any m&m's on a tough day- gave me a present-a 5 lb bag of my favorite peanut candy-5 lbs-that's alot of happiness and yumminess!

Now, I could have hid those yummies right away but once night came it was time for my 6 year old to take her antibiotics-a horrible, yucky tasting antibiotic. It was her second day and she still hadn't taken a full dose. We had tried juice, doritos, anything I could think of to mask the taste. I looked online for some ideas. One was a reward chart but I didn't think that would help at that moment. Another one was to put chocolate syrup on the spoon and put the medicine on top of it. I would have tried that except I didn't have any chocolate syrup. Then I spied the m&m's. I gave her a handful, promised her a handful each time she took her medicine (oh yes, I'll buy more) and we went to work. We call it "m&m ing" up her mouth and it's been working. Still not easy peasy to get her to take the medicine but at least she's getting it and not totally miserable.

So, there's a reason to keep m&m's in the house-besides just for mom's sanity-and the next time I'm at the store and think "I really don't need those" I'll remember-I do need them-you know, just in case someone doesn't want to take their medicine!!

Have a great day!

30 comments:

The Katies said...

Whatever works...right! Smiles!
Katie @ A Listmaker's Life

Sara said...

Oh I can soooo picture you hiding in the closet with a handful of m&m's...When I was teaching I too had a stash that I would go to in times of need! That's hilarious! As far as the medicine...whatever works. We've already started resorting to treats for really tough moments like this.

Dragon's Dolphin said...

Plain m&m's is what my mom used to teach me to take pill medicines as well. That way if I couldn't swallow the m&m it wasn't too bad if it melted in my mouth or I chewed it. It was also a fairly decent size replica of an aspirin tablet. It sure beat ground medicine in a teaspoon of sugar!!!
Funny you mention the hidden stash. Here at school, most all the teachers keep a stash hidden somewhere for those really tough days!
Shelly

Katie said...

Ha, I see Katie from A Listmaker's Life was working on our blog and forgot to sign out (top comment)!

Anyway, we have mini marshmallows that work to get little missy to do pretty much everything!

Kris said...

Doesn't that go along with the saying, "A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down?" Works for me!!! ;) Great idea Dawn. I have a hard time getting that stuff down sometimes with my kids. I'm going to have to remember this little trick!

poppingbubbles said...

Stopping by from SITS! I think that's a great idea. Whatever it takes to get the wee ones to take their medicine, I'm going to have to remember that trick!

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Three Prince Designs said...

Oh man! That sounds yummy right now!

sandy said...

M&Ms are the best!

I came by to welcome you to SITS! It's great to have you in the SITStahood:0)

AP said...

oh M&Ms serve many wonderful purposes. worked great in potty trianing our child!!
welcome to SITS

Mrs. Jelly Belly said...

Peanut M&M's in the closet made me laugh out loud - too funny!

Dropping by to welcome you to SITS!

Mamarazzi said...

sounds like you know a good little trick there. i hope it continues to work!!

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Julie said...

Sounds like a plan to me! Welcome to the SITS community :)

Bonnie said...

Congrats on being a featured blogger today at "Following the Footsteps." I look forward to reading your blog and getting to know you.

Amy said...

Stopping by from Jen's FFF 2009. I have to say you got to have your M&M's ready to go. I like how you use left overs. Oh a first Birthday. Boy do they grow too fast. Mine little on turned one in OCT. I enjoyed hanging out here today. Have a great Sunday.

Bethany said...

M & M's medicine and magic? This was such a cute post!

Laura said...

Hi! I'm stopping by from "Following the Footsteps" and I'm so glad she introduced me to your blog! I look forward to keeping up with it from now on! Oh and I too am a HUGE peanut m&m fan! :)

angi_b72 said...

Welcome to SITS!! You will love this bloggy community!

Joy said...

I'm all for whatever works in moments like those!

Welcome to the SITS community - it's great to have you as a SITSta!

feather k said...

i agree...whatever works...it's a means to an end :)...thanks for visiting on my sits day!

Rhea said...

Great idea! Bribery works for lots of different difficult child moments. lol I'm not ashamed to admit I've used a lot...

I've with the SITS Welcome Wagon. I've been following SITS for around nine months now, and I've read so many fun blogs, met so many amazing women, and really enjoyed the supportive female-blogger community. So, welcome SITSta, glad you've joined us!

WishTrish said...

Oh, yes. We are candy rewarders when the kids take their yuckiest medicine, too.

carma said...

Stopping by to say "hi" and welcome to SITS. I know that you will enjoy being a part of this group of vibrant women bloggers.

I enjoyed reading that you are a basketball coach who's never played basketball. That's pretty awesome!

carma :-)

K said...

Thanks - I needed another excuse to stash some chocolate in the house. I am also a closet chocolate eater.

Welcome to SITS!

Rachael said...

what a great idea! my oldest always hated taking her medicine too, and i never did find anything that really worked. m&m'ing up her mouth would have been perfect. plus, what a great excuse for you to always be stocked up :)

i am stopping by to welcome you to SITS, we are thrilled to have you join us!

Ann On and On... said...

Seems like a perfectly good reason to me... in fact it is a great idea.

Stopped by to welcome you to SITS and invite you to be a part of my giveaway. Jump over and check it out. If you have time read about my "I love being carded!" card swap. Everyone likes "good mail", right.

Lisa M said...

ah the magic of m&m's :)

welcome to SITS!

Brandy said...

My hubs hoards the M&Ms in our house!

Stopping by to welcome you to SITS!

Mandy said...

Wow, a handful? You must have been desperate! Im' glad it's been working and I hope they're on sale this week at your local grocery store.:)
I came by to say Welcome to SITS! I'm with the Welcome Wagon and we are so glad you joined us. As I'm sure you already know, it's a fabulous group of ladies!
Enjoy your day,
Mandy
www.gourmetmomonthego.com

Mama Krit said...

THANK GOD! I am not the only one who sneaks the good treats and eats them with her face half buried in the pantry. Amid prying eyes and "whatcha got mama?"'s It makes me feel better to know I'm not the only sugar fiend with a tinge of greed. But I ENJOY them more than the kids could ever understand. What with their consuming an entire bag in 25 seconds or so. One bag of m&ms can provide a weeks worth of sanity! :)

Hadley said...

too funny! thanks for coming by my blog this morning!

My grandparents used to have friends who would come visit when I was a little girl. The lady always brought m&ms for me and her to eat...she called them nerve pills! I think that is too cute!

looking forward to getting to know you!