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All Blog Posts Tagged 'chores' (35)

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

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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

Beat the clock

A few days ago my husband watched me compile my to-do list for the weekend. When I paused for a moment, he commented, "That's a lot of stuff to do in one weekend." I had three immediate thoughts:…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 4, 2014 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Things I've Learned This Week

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** Winter is officially "over" -- and I'll believe it when I see it.



** The Tooth Fairy's gonna have to start leaving IOU's if my twins don't go to bed earlier at night.…



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Added by Jennifer Marshall on March 21, 2014 at 10:14am — No Comments

#ASKAWAYFriday with Beth from Structured in an Unstructured Life

I started participating in #ASKAWAYFriday and I have enjoyed it. I love connecting with other bloggers and learning more about them. I wanted to participate in this blog hop because I don’t always share a ton of information about myself. I thought #ASKAWAYFriday was the perfect way for everyone to get to know me on a personal basis. For those who don’t know what #ASKAWAYFriday is, you exchange a set of 10 questions for another blogger to answer. Below are 10 questions that Beth asked me and…

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Added by Christy Garrett on February 17, 2014 at 8:16pm — No Comments

Why It’s Important To Teach Your Teen How To Manage Money

Our children look to us as their first roles models so it is our job as their parents to lead by example. To simply say “don’t do what I do” is not enough, you will have more influence in a positive way if you share how you budget for your family. This will not only teach them to be responsible it will boost their self –esteem and self confidence.…

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Added by Marie Summers on November 25, 2013 at 2:42pm — No Comments

Learn a New Way to Get Your Kids to Help With the Laundry

Do you have a laundry basket full of clothes?  If so, grab your toddler or young child’s hand and take them into the laundry room with you.  Did you know that  you can teach them how to help with the laundry?  Most children are eager and willing to help their parents with new things.  Have your child take the sorted laundry from the laundry basket and they can…

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Added by Christy Garrett on September 25, 2013 at 4:06pm — No Comments

How to Turn Laundry Into a Learning Opportunity

As a mom, I know how quickly laundry can pile up especially if you have children in your house.  This morning I asked toddler to help me pick up the laundry so that I could start a load of laundry today.  After we completed got the laundry sorted and a load of laundry started, I had a fantastic idea popped into my head and I wanted to share my…

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Added by Christy Garrett on September 11, 2013 at 10:47pm — No Comments

Should Children Be Given An Allowance For Doing Household Chores?

After I shared yesterday’s post, 5 Ways to Get Children To Help With the Household Chores on several of my social media platforms.  I was asked to share my opinion on whether or…

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Added by Christy Garrett on July 9, 2013 at 5:10pm — No Comments

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