Mom, I Need Help!

I thought I’d share a great idea a fellow homeschool mom in my local group gave me! It’s my helper for when the kids need my help, but need to wait for me for whatever reason (I’m helping a sibling, on the phone, talking to Daddy, etc).

Because I know you’ll ask: The little people clips are from Lakeshore Learning, but I’ve also seen them places like Wal-mart.

So, I taught my kids that when they need help, but can see I’m busy, they can go to this chart on the wall (It’s just a pocket folder cut in half) and take their clip and put it on me. This way they know that their request has been noticed, and I won’t forget to go help them when I’m done! (This is particularly helpful after having 4 kids, as it would appear that I’ve lost most of my braincells and can barely remember my own name!)

Each child get’s their own colored clip with their name on it to use. This way I can see who needed me. There are also ideas for them to keep busy while waiting, though I have to say they rarely do these things, but good to have just in-case.

We actually use this all day, not just while in school. It comes in particularly handy for when I’m on the phone. Instead of constant interruptions, they’ll come put a clip on me, then go do something else until I’m finished.

Hope this idea can help you as it has our family!


  1. That is a very, very clever idea!

  2. THANK YOU! I have a little one who wants to talk to me all day and everything is important. We tried Lisa Wecheal's idea of placing a hand on the parent but very soon he is tapping on us. This drives me crazy. I can't wait to start this!

  3. love it can see my 5 yo getting it but also can picture my 3 yo further interrupting me by clipping ME like a game of crocodiles or crabs LOLDefinately worth a try though much better than escalting MUUUUUMMMMIIESS and constant tapping and tugging

  4. Your blog is such an inspiration for my!As I way of saying "thank you", I have an award for you.Please visit again, thank you,Ramona

  5. What a wonderful idea!

  6. Great idea! This would be wonderful for when I'm on the phone, I may have to give this a try.

  7. Ha! I love it! We have a "wait" box of activities that we use during school time, for if one child needs help while I am helping another, but this is great for the phone and such. We have a "don't interrupt with your voice, but put your hand on Mommy" rule, but that turns into constant tapping and tapping and harder tapping! Thanks for the idea!

  8. It's like you read my mind. Actually, now that you say it, I do remember seeing those somewhere.

  9. What a great idea!!

  10. What a fabulous idea!!!

  11. LOVE this idea!

  12. LOVE this idea!

  13. I really like this idea. (How many times have I forgotten!) I so need to do this. Thanks, Erica!

  14. This is a great idea! For me the phone is mostly an issue, and this is a good, quiet solution!

  15. Great idea, thanks for sharing

  16. AS a mom of three, I hear you about lost brain cells, lol!! This is a great idea, thank you so much for posting it. I'm going to try it out for sure 🙂

  17. OK this is the coolest idea!I'm gonna have to find some of those clips! Thanks for the inspiration!

  18. LOOOOOOOVE IT!! Thanks! :o)

  19. I just made my I Need Help Chart. Wait until the kids return from Grandma's house and see it. I used a photo of the kids glued to a clothespin instead of the Little People clips. Cute idea! Thanks.

  20. I just made mine. I only have a clip for DS for now, but I'll add DD as she gets a bit older. DS loves this idea and picked out a green lizard clip at the educational supply store. Thanks so much.

  21. Great idea!

  22. What a great idea! I am off to let the kids decorate clothespins… since we already have those around the house 😀

  23. that is genius!! i am going to target right now to find some clips!

  24. I like this idea, especially for when I'm on the phone.

  25. I couldn't find these little clips on the Lakeshore Learning website ( I probably not guessing the right name they use for them. LOL) however, I did find them at an office supple store online. They are 6.29 for a pkg. of four plus shipping. Amazon has them too but their price starts at 10 something. Hope this helps! :)And a BIG thank you to Confessions of a Homeschooler for sharing ALL your WONDERFUL ideas!!!!Big Hugs, Ashlyn

  26. I LOVE this idea! Just may have to *steal* it, too:)) Thanks for sharing!

  27. You have AWESOME ideas!

  28. I just came across this post and I simply LOVE this idea! I have 5 little ones (aged 1-7) with number 6 on the way. The amount of interruption is, um, trying 😉 Thanks for sharing this great idea.

  29. Hi Erica! I love this idea!! I am homeschooling my growing family as well, and this would help my kids so much! THANKS!!!

  30. That is brilliant! So simple and effective! Thank you!

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