Posts Tagged ‘chores’

A Day In The Life Of A Family of 11

“Are you done yet?” After a cordial hello how are you, greeting, we’re then met with that direct and curious question my family hears quite often. Who in this day and age has a family with 9 children?! Sure, you could watch the amazing families on TV who are famous for their multiple children and the lives they lead, but what about the families in your own home town? We’re just like the neighbors next door, but we happen to celebrate more birthdays, more chairs around the dining room table, and believe it or not… more love and compassion to feel for each other.

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Cleaning House With Kids Underfoot

Have you heard this before?

Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.  – Phyllis Diller

Or how about this one?

Cleaning with kids in the house is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos.

While entertaining (and a bit true), these quotes make cleaning with small children (or big ones) underfoot seem absolutely pointless. Does this mean that you are relegated to a messy house until your kids leave for college? Absolutely not! Your house may not be perfect 100% of the time, but following these 7 tips will help you keep your sanity as you attempt to keep a tidy home that is still filled with children.

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31 Day Organization Challenge: Life Edition: Week 4

 

We’ve arrived at the last week of our 31 Day Organization Challenge: Life Edition. Hopefully you are already experiencing the positive changes in your life as a result of the last 3 weeks. Week 4 is packed full of simple changes that will have a big impact on your life. Push through and finish out strong!

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Making Chores Fun with Chore Charts

We know that our kids would rather do anything other than their chores. Hey, we as adults usually feel the same way! You’d think they would have made the definition of chores more uplifting and positive, instead of “an unpleasant, but necessary task.” Instead of, or at least in addition to forcing these unpleasant tasks upon our kids, let’s try to add a little bit of fun and motivation into the mix. Not only for their sake, but also for ours.

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10 Chores for Big Kids

10 Chores for Big Kids

As parents one of the things we want to teach our children is responsibility. But how can we do this? Well, doing chores is a start! Kids, just like adults, want to feel needed and to feel like they’ve made a contribution to the family and chores can help in this arena.  But, you might be wondering what are some things your kids can help out with around the house. And what age is appropriate for them to start chores? Read on for some chores your kids can start as young as 3 –with help! — and continue to do as they get older.

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Prepping Dinner for the Week Ahead

Prepping Dinner for the Week Ahead

What are we going to make for dinner?  Your stomach may be rumbling, you hear this question in your head, and then maybe from your husband or child.  You have worked hard all day long and DINNER is the last thing you want to think about.  You are not alone in this thinking and we have been there!  Instead of worrying about your weekly meals, use the following suggestions and take the stress out of planning dinner throughout the week!  

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Toddler Tasks: Chores that Teach Responsibility

Toddler Tasks

“Me help?  Me help?” If you’re a mother to a toddler, you are all-too-familiar with this question and your child’s desire to help you with every single task you do each day.  Toddlers are innately curious and extremely altruistic – they genuinely get a great deal of joy out of helping others, especially their parents.  The trouble arises when toddlers want to help with chores or projects that are not developmentally appropriate for them, usually meaning the chore is dangerous for toddlers, or requires fine/gross motor skills that they simply haven’t mastered yet.

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Spring Cleaning: Frequently Forgotten Items

Spring is slipping away from us. As we enter the hot, sweaty days of summer we are less likely to do some of the tough cleaning jobs around the house. We have your how-to check list for a few of the items you may have forgotten to clean up this year. Hurry and finish cleaning, it’s almost time to enjoy drinks by the pool!

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FUNctional Family System by Erin Condren

Keeping a household running smoothly is not an easy task. There are many dates to remember, meals to plan, chores to complete and information to remember. How do we do it all? Everyone develops their own system but it is not always easy, or pretty either. We have just discovered a really FUN new way for you to keep it all together and get your family in on the planning too. It’s the FUNctional Family system by Erin Condren!

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Get Your Kids To Do Chores and Enjoy it

photo credit: Little Miss Eclectic Photography

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s Moms, one of our biggest struggles can be maintaining our households and keeping things clean and tidy. Nothing hinders this task more than a house full of children who like to follow you around and UNDO everything you accomplish. Getting kids involved in chores can be a smart remedy to this issue- and getting them to really have fun doing it can take the stress out of the equation.

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Should you allow allowance?

photo credit: Little Miss Eclectic Photography

It’s important to teach kids about money. The way we learn to save, spend, and handle money as a child can play an important role in the way we manage our finances as adults. Let’s face it, in the world today more value is placed on stuff than ever before. It seems more and more that people lack the responsibility and discipline to save money before making big purchases. Instead we are jumping on the debt train and racking up the bills. If we don’t teach our children about how to manage their money, who will?

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5 Quick Changes to “Go Green” Without Changing Your Lifestyle: Home Edition

Photo Credit: The Art Of Making A Baby

There are many opportunities in your house to help save the environment.  We all know we should turn lights off that aren’t in use and washing clothes on cold saves energy and money. However, if we take the time to to look around ourselves we will see more simple ways to “go green.”  Here are 5 more of those simple changes you can make in your house every day. 

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Why You Should Use Cast Iron Cookware

Benefits

It’s nonstick! That means perfect eggs every time you cook!

Cast iron cookware is less expensive than stainless steel pots and pans and you can often find it used if you’re willing to look. Also, not only are you going to spend less money on it, cast iron is a smart investment since it has the ability to last for generations.

From a health perspective switching to cast iron rids your kitchen of PTFE, the chemical found in Teflon. Added bonus: cast iron cookware will naturally add iron to your diet! Many of us are deficient and this is an easy way to up your daily intake.

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