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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2/3 cup 99% rubbing alcohol (isopropyl


  • 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
  • 8-10 drops essential oil, optional (such as

     lavender, vanilla, peppermint, grapefruit)

  • bowl and spoon
  • funnel
  • (4) 2 oz plastic bottles with screw caps or (1)

     8 oz plastic bottle 


You can find the rubbing alcohol and aloe vera gel at your local drugstore. Your local drugstore is also a great place to find the plastic bottles for your hand sanitizer. Look for small, travel size plastic containers. The essential oils are not necessary, but I personally love creating my very own signature scent.



  1. Simply mix the ingredients together in the bowl.
  2. Use the funnel to pour solution into the 4 bottles.
  3. Screw the top back onto the bottle and you’re ready to go.
  4. Extend the activity by creating a label for your bottle.
  5. Address labels work best, but paper and tape will work well too.


Be available for your children
  • Notice times when your kids are most likely to talk--for example, at bedtime, before dinner, in the car--and be available.
  • Find time each week for a one-on-one activity with each child, and avoid scheduling other activities during that time.

  • Learn about your children's interests--for example, favorite music and activities--and show interest in them.

  • Initiate conversations by sharing what you have been thinking about rather than beginning a conversation with a question.

  • Let your children know your listening

  • When your children are talking about concerns, stop whatever you are doing and listen.

  • Express interest in what they are saying without being intrusive.

  • Listen to their point of view, even if it's difficult to hear.

  • Let them complete their point before you respond.

  • Repeat what you heard them say to ensure that you understand them correctly.

Respond in a way your children will hear
  • Soften strong reactions; kids will tune you out if you appear angry or defensive.

  • Express your opinion without putting down theirs; acknowledge that it's okay to disagree.

  • Resist arguing about who is right. Instead say, "I know you disagree with me, but this is what I think."

  • Focus on your child's feelings rather than your own during your conversation.

  • Ask your children what they may want or need from you in a conversation, such as advice, simply listening, help in dealing with feelings, or help solving a problem.

  • Kids learn by imitating. Most often, they will follow your lead in how they deal with anger, solve problems, and work through difficult feelings.

  • Talk to your children--don't lecture, criticize, threaten, or say hurtful things.

  • Kids learn from their own choices. As long as the consequences are not dangerous, don't feel you have to step in.

  • Realize your children may test you by telling you a small part of what is bothering them. Listen carefully to what they say, encourage them to talk, and they may share the rest of the story.

Parenting is hard work