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All Blog Posts Tagged 'chores' (42)

Why I Don't Give My Son an Allowance

It seemed that as soon as my son entered elementary school, I was constantly being asked about my views on allowances for children. For some reason, kindergarten seems to be the time when allowance decisions get made and parents must decide what to do in their families. Other moms…

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Added by Rachael Murphey on August 7, 2017 at 5:20pm — No Comments

One way to buy happiness

Think about these chores for a few moments:

  • Mowing the lawn (including all the edging work)
  • Doing the weekly grocery shopping
  • Thoroughly cleaning all…
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Added by Lauren Markman on August 7, 2017 at 8:10am — No Comments

Chores: Skills To Last A Lifetime

People often wonder why I decided to have children, or more specifically so many children. The answer is quite simple, so that one day I could relax while someone else took care of the house. I hated doing dishes as a child, and I wanted to pass that experience along to my own kids.

Just kidding! I simply felt…

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Added by Rachel Braun on January 25, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments

Catching up with my guys

I was traveling for work last week and really missed my guys. The week before I left, I had gotten into the habit of playing card games with my son in the morning, and I missed that special time while I was away.



My son missed me, too, but he did have lots of fun with his Daddy. Which is good, because…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 19, 2016 at 6:28am — No Comments

25 Ways Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers Can Help Out Around the House

When you have young kids at home there is always more work to be done than there is time in the day. In order to get some extra help, look to your children. Even young children are able to help out. Giving kids a sense of responsibility and tasks that they can learn to successfully accomplish, can…

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Added by Words of a Mom on March 18, 2016 at 11:23am — No Comments

The ultimate breakfast wars

It is Saturday. My son and I are in the kitchen and I am teaching him how to make scrambled eggs. I watch him as he stands on a stool near the stove, mimicking the moves I showed him earlier with the spatula. "Look, Mommy! I am swooping the eggs and they are coming out fluffy."…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 18, 2016 at 6:26am — No Comments

100 minutes of me time

There is a phenomenal woman that I work with. Every day she comes into the office a half-hour early, sits in the break room and reads. She regularly encourages other people to take time to do the things that they love. And when I once asked her who she could make happier right now, she said she wanted to make herself happier by putting in the same amount of time into her interests as she invests in the people around her.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 4, 2016 at 6:32am — 2 Comments

Growing up too soon

On the days that I think about it too much, I can't believe that my son is already five. Like most parents, I think that I blinked and he went from being a gurgling baby to a chaotic, smart, loving kid.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 6, 2015 at 6:27am — No Comments

Doing nothing on a day off

I have a day off soon. I am not going on any trips or spending time with friends or traveling somewhere fun. I am not doing anything but sitting still, ignoring all chores, and enjoying the idea that no one needs me. And I am crazy excited about it.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on September 28, 2015 at 6:33am — No Comments

Ain't nobody got time for that: gettin' real with tweens and chores

"Make it fun for them", they said.

"Make it age appropriate", they said.

"Make a cute chart for them to follow", they said.

"Pay them for doing the work", they said.

"Shut up", I say to them, because I have tried all of what "they" said and it didn't work.

C'mon, you've seen all of the pretty Pinterest tutorials on how to make a chore chart with age appropriate chores, giving a sticker for each chore completed. Just…

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Added by Tiffany Benyacko on August 26, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Dance Party

dance party

It's a weekday and I don't feel like cleaning or cooking... although both of those things need to be done at some point! No, I feel the need to do something fun. Something that I don't really have to set up or tear down. Something that will make me laugh and possibly get in a little exercise at the same time. It's time for a dance party!

I have had multiple occasions when my children look at me as if to say,…

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Added by Jazelle on July 16, 2015 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Parents can't tell time anymore

It's quiet in the house. You've done your nightly sweep through the kitchen, but there are no dishes left out. The living room is cleared of enough toys that you can make your way through it without stepping on something. Somehow the laundry was done and the clean clothes are in the basket, but folded, so that counts. You baby is asleep and still tightly swaddled. A quick check of your work email indicates that there are no…

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Added by Lauren Markman on May 11, 2015 at 6:31am — 1 Comment

Free labor: The case for childhood chores

Here's why I don't like Batman: He has Alfred. Because Bruce Wayne is well off, he doesn't have to sort his own socks or cook his own meals or really do any chores. He is a horrible role model for my son.



I like Spiderman. Peter Parker has to get good grades, maintain an after-school job, save the world and…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 27, 2015 at 6:25am — No Comments

Knowing your body's clock

I am one of those dreaded morning people.



But let's start at the beginning: It's 5 am when my alarm goes off (yes, even after the daylight savings time switch). The cat is…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 9, 2015 at 6:33am — No Comments

Money talks

At about this time last year, I wanted to introduce my son to money. But it was too early for him, as evidenced by the fact he would still mix the play money in his cash register with the real thing. So, we took a step back and waited.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on March 6, 2015 at 6:16am — No Comments

Re-Thinking Kids Chores

Chores have to be done in every household. Usually the parents do them until the kids are old enough to start helping out, and then the “fun” begins. Here are some tips on how to re-think getting your kids to do chores.

Make your family a team. Kids want to be…

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Added by Tracee Ali on February 11, 2015 at 2:57pm — No Comments

The family business

My husband wears a lot of different titles: He is the love of my life, a dynamic dad for our son and my best friend. I also like to think of him as my business partner.



If you were to take a step back and look at our family as a business (romantic, I know), you would see that we have an excellent…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 3, 2015 at 6:35am — No Comments

A Chore Chart System that Actually Works!

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Added by Elizabeth Diaz on January 29, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Play the Game of Creating New Habits

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Added by Margaret Swanton on November 13, 2014 at 9:07am — No Comments

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