5 Tips to help kids love work

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There’s no way mom can do everything around the house – nor should she!  Get the kids involved with these easy tips and tools.

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There comes a time in every mother’s life when she realizes that she is basically just a maid.  Eventually all the little people just start assuming mom’s gonna do everything (because she always has) and mom slowly goes insane from all laundry-dishes-toilet-scrubbing.

The trick, of course, is to get the kids to actually HELP around the house, but as any mother who’s ever passed her 6 year old a dust cloth can attest, this is easier said than done.  Read on for some tried and true tips for getting small children to not only pitch in, but LOVE doing it!

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  1.  Give them kid-friendly tools for the job.  None of my little kids can handle the vacuum by themself yet, so we pulled out these  Scotch-Brite™ 50% Stickier Lint Rollers to help pick up crumbs and junk around the house.  They handled the inside of the couch cushions and the living room rug like a breeze!  And I’m telling you, my kids were FIGHTING over using them; they thought it was the most fun ever.The rollers picked up small dirt and crumbs easily, but also grabbed bigger debris, like pumpkin seeds that my kids had dumped inside the couch.  They were even sticky enough to grab glitter on the rug from a broken Christmas ornament.  Yep, you read that right…they clean up GLITTER.  The nemesis of mothers everywhere.target-lint-rollers
    (I got mine at Target in the aisle with all the cleaning supplies)
  2. Add music and/or a reward at the end.  My kids clean up the playroom in record time when T. Swift is blasting, and they work extra hard and fast when there’s a treat or some electronics time waiting for them when they’re done.
  3. Allow them independence.  There wasn’t much instruction needed to show the kids how to use the Scotch-Brite 50% Stickier Lint Rollers, so I just handed them over and got out of their way.  If you struggle with control freakish tendencies like I do, you can be tempted to micromanage every little job, but nothing kills kids’ enthusiasm like a mom who keeps correcting them!make-jobs-for-kids

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4.  Praise the steps along the way.  My little ones mostly just want to make me happy; if I can give them positive reinforcement as they’re learning a chore, they’ll remember that chore as a fun experience.  That means they’ll be more likely to do it in the future – score!

5.  Turn it into a game.  Next time I’m going to tell each kid that it’s a race to see who can get their Scotch-Brite 50% Stickier Lint Roller to lose its stickiness the quickest.  The quicker they fill up their roller with crumbs and junk, the quicker my (er, our) job is done!  We also loved using them on our upholstered bar stools, cause those things are always covered in crud.  Then I’ll put someone on the couch downstairs, and on the Christmas tree skirt, and on the carpeted stairs…

Teaching kids to work (and enjoy it) is not always an easy thing, but I find that my younger kids always want to be involved in what mom is doing.  If we can help them learn basic skills and then get out of their way, they just might surprise us in what they can do!

Check out more inspiration for your Scotch-Brite 50% Stickier Lint Roller HERE.  And get a Target Cartwheel Offer for 15% Off Scotch-Brite 50% Stickier Lint Roller (11/27-12/3) HERE!

How to Raise a Reader

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I just LOVE to read.  I was your typical nerdy kid with, like, 1 friend in my young life but 8000 books on my shelf.  Books brought me so much excitement, curiosity, joy, pain and anticipation.  All these big grown-up feels that I just couldn’t get from my 9-year-old life in the burbs of Michigan.

I pretty much expected that my own kids would grow up with a love of reading…until I became a parent in this netflix-youtube-facebook-instagram generation and it hit me: WHY would any kid want to read today when they’ve got the entire world of entertainment at their fingertips??

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Holiday Shopping Guide: Best Wholesome Toys for Kids!

 

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Now that Black Friday’s behind us, I’ve checked off quite a few gifts for friends and family members…but still find myself with lots of shopping to do for my kids.  I always go a little overboard during the holidays because, come ON…it’s CHRISTMAS!  If you can’t spoil your kids during the holidays, when can you??

We’ve done some major Kon-Mari-ing up in this hizouse lately and so I’ve had to reevaluate our toy situation over and over again.  I find myself asking “Would I replace this if the house burned down??” And to be honest, there are only a few actual “toys” that I feel are valuable enough and get enjoyed enough to meet this criteria.

If you’re looking for wholesome, non-electric toys that will guarantee hours and hours of imaginative play, check out our favorites below!

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Roughing It

 

 

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As a rule, Luke and I generally save our fun vacations and travels for the summers when we have a 1 year old rather than a new(ish) baby.  But this year, I let him convince me to make a couple exceptions.  It’s a rather arduous ordeal packing up 7 children to go anywhere other than the park together, hence my usual hesitation.  I’m happy to say that not only did we all survive, I actually enjoyed myself!

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Keeping It Real

 

You know how everyone’s always saying that nobody’s genuine on the internet anymore?  Well, I’ve got genuine right here for you.

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This is what crazy looks like, people.

I have been completely, frantically and exhaustingly (that’s a word) overwhelmed.  Apparently homeschooling 6 small children, trying to finish a huge creative project, keeping a house clean, children fed, church obligations covered and a husband happy, all while carrying your 7th child is enough to do that to you.

Strange.

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