Thursday, February 18, 2010

Cranky Cream for Kids... and It Really Works!

It has taken me awhile to realize that some of the things that worked well in my classroom would probably work well at home... duh! Why is this just now clicking? Anyways... case in point aromatherapy for kids. I am a big fan of Dr. Becky Baily's. And highly recommend this book... and this one is pretty good too... just not as good! If you live close and wanna borrow it let me know!
She really advocates creating a peaceful environment and considering the five senses from a child's prospective. She has tons of brain research on why this works... read it for yourself or trust me...
I bought these lotions at Michael's for $1... Lavender is often used to calm anxiety and Rose helps you to relax. I also had a small bottle of peppermint lotion left over from a Christmas gift and peppermint is used to help you focus and concentrate.
So made up a new name for each sent. Printed off a label and taped it over the old one. I will use packing tape to sort of laminate the labels, but have not finished that part.
The rose sent became "Ouchie Ointment" I keep this in the bathroom and when the tears and drama are bigger than the scratch, we use it to help Mike calm down.
The lavender is our "Cranky Cream"... I like this one in the diaper bag- you know for when we go on a play date and have to leave causing a code three melt down (right Erin?)
The peppermint aka "Focus Formula" stays in the car and we pull it out in traffic or if we get caught by the train.
Honestly, I am not sure if it is the distraction or really the smells that work, but it works so who cares! Really you could probably use any old lotion or body spray and call what ever you wanted.
Hummm... do you think it would work on husbands... I am thinking "Romantic Rub" or maybe "Shopping Salve" for mall trips.


  1. I love this idea! And I would love to borrow the first book if someone hasn't already borrowed it yet.

  2. good work. the catchy names make sense. i made monster spray for lesley and blake when scary things lived under their beds or in the closet. just a spritz or two banished all monsters from the room. i made my spray with water and a drop or two of food coloring. it really did the job.
    aunt h

  3. My SIL has "sassy spray" for her daughter - water and vinegar.
    I used to have a spray bottle with eucalyptus and mint in some water that I would spray around the classroom when the kids were hyped. I LOVE it!

  4. I love those ideas! Sassy spray and monster X... Thanks girls!

  5. Great ideas!!! How come know one thught of these things when I raising girls?

  6. Allison- we do "sassy juice" at my house. Jane knows that if she gets too sassy she gets a taste of sassy juice (1/8 tsp of vinegar). After a time or two it just takes the threat of sassy juice to get her to straighten up.

  7. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.............................................


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