The Truth About Kids Getting Paid for Doing Chores

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions on should kids get paid to do chores and otherwise are my own. The other day we went to the grocery store and my 6-year-old daughter Alison brought her purse with her. As I'm loading up the vehicle to go home, she pulled out a $1 bill and offered it to me, to help pay for the groceries. While the offer was extremely sweet and kind, I didn't take my daughter's money. As the parent, I don't think it's my child's obligation or responsibility to help me pay for food for her and the rest of our family. That's my and my husband's job to provide. This same daughter has also been known to ...

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How to Assemble Blessing Bags for Homeless People as a Group

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Great group service project idea - Blessing Bags - Homeless Gift - Giving to Homeless - Charity

This post is sponsored by Mormon.org. All opinions expressed are my own. This year as part of our homeschool, we participate in a local Christian Exploring Co-Op. We take turns planning field trips for our kids. In addition to the field trips we schedule a Moms Night Out, a Teen Night, and a Service Project each quarter too.  Our last service project was a few weeks ago and we collaborated as a homeschool group to make blessing bags for homeless people. I know many of us (myself included) are never quite sure what to do when confronted with a homeless person. Should we ignore them, look the other way, gesture that we don't have ...

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5 Tips for Getting Your Children Stoked to Go to Church

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Great Christian parenting tip for keeping children going to church week after week! You really need to explain the why.

It doesn't matter how awesome your church is: someday your child won't want to go. Keeping children going to church week after week, year after year is a daunting task if your child hates it or would rather do something else on Sunday mornings. It takes work to teach kids about church and why it is important in their life and their salvation. Simply attending church every week with your children will not magically teach them to like it, value it, or to even one day want to go on their own. As parents, we need to help our children going to church by explaining the “why.”  The "Whys?" Children Having About Going to ...

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Leopard Print with Tie Dye – Why I Don’t Care What My Kids Wear (Most of the Time)

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Kids Clashing Outfits

When my twins were toddlers I spent a very long time trying to convince them both that clothes were worth keeping on for the duration of an entire day, especially during nap time, along with their diapers. But, they were unconvinced. They knew clothes were overrated and that going pantless, shirtless, diaper-less, and certainly shoeless was definitely the way to go. Consequently, I picked up random pieces of clothing all over my house for a very long time. When they finally mastered dressing themselves, and also keeping their clothes on for an entire day, I was ecstatic!  I no longer had to wrestle twins into pajamas, shirts, ...

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The Problem with Entitlement Is that it Begins With Us

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Wow! This is an eye-opener about my entitled attitude as a parent! I didn't even realize I was showing entitlement and ingratitude.

One of the almost constant struggles of 21st century parenting is the battle against children's entitled attitudes. Article after article discusses how kids are more entitled than ever today, doing less around the home, being padded from failure, and given awards for just showing up.  How children think they somehow deserve a free college education (paid for by mom and dad or the State), to get paid $15/hr to take someone's food order, and to have the latest gadgets and toys free of limitations and monitoring. When children don't get what they think they deserve, they cry it's unfair, unjust, and plain wrong. Most sensible ...

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What an Introverted Mom Really Needs

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If you are an introverted mom, this is a great post for you! Introverted mothers really need to start this habit in order to be happier and better parents.

It’s almost as if a revolution is starting. There are several articles going around the web these days about introverted mothers. You likely saw them on Quitrev and Scary Mommy. And all of a sudden, every single in introverted mom on the planet is out of the closet to affirm, “Yes, I need alone time to recharge and feel happy as a person.” By the time you read this post, those articles will probably far surpass a bazillion likes on Facebook.It’s pretty exciting actually. I am one of those introverted mothers championing those posts, giving them each a like, comment and share. I can’t help it. The articles describe me ...

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How Kids Can Unload the Dishwasher Without Breaking Anything

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Great tips on having kids unload dishwasher, but without (hopefully) breaking anything! Really want my child to do this chore but I've always been hesitant for this reason!

I am all for cleaning with awake kids, instilling the value of work, and having my children do chores. One of my five year old twins' chores is to unload the dishwasher first thing in the morning. Unfortunately, by having my young children unload the dishes by themselves, they have, on several occasions, broken cups, bowls, and plates. We've since established some ground rules on the proper way to unload the dishwasher, as well as few reminders on actually loading it. How Kids Can Unload the Dishwasher Without Breaking Anything 1. Have a Clean Counter When I ask my daughters to unload the dishwasher, I really need to first make ...

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Physical Fitness for Kids: How to Build Endurance in Toddlers and Preschoolers

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Great parenting tips to help build physical endurance in kids, especially younger kids. I totally want my toddler and preschooler to last longer walking around when we are out!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stride Rite for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Running, playing, jumping, skipping. They are the hallmarks of childhood. Most children seem hardwired to want to do them as soon as possible, and as often as possible, after birth. You don’t really need to teach children how to run and play, generally. However, you may have to teach them how to build endurance! A big part of physical fitness for kids is helping them push through physically hard tasks and encouraging them to keep going when they want to stop! Because, we all want children who can go longer without ...

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8 Reasons You Should Go Camping With Kids

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This is a great reminder of the benefits of camping with kids! I know that camping as a family can be difficult, but it sure is fun!

As parents in the 21st century, we want to introduce our children to a wide variety of experiences so they can learn and grow and explore, get ahead, be smart and well-rounded. And one of the best ways to do this is by taking your child camping. I really think taking kids camping is one of the best things you can do with your kids, even, and especially, while they are very young. My husband and I are not frequent campers. We went camping together once before we had kids, once when our twins were five months old, the third time summer 2014, when we had three children ages 4,4,1, and the last time we went as a family was a few ...

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Improve Your Family Life with a Basic Kids Chore Chart {Free Printable}

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Get your young kids cleaning and helping with this easy, simple chore chart - FREE Printable.

Five months ago now, I posted a picture on Instagram of our first official basic kids chore chart that I crudely made by hand, laminated, and stuck on the fridge with a magnet. One of my main goals for homeschooling for preschool this year was establishing good chore and habits in my children along with life skills. And this simple, basic chore chart was the culmination of that effort, as we had already taught them how to help and do these things, but now they would be rewarded periodically for doing chores. Finally doing a real #chorechart for my kids. The rewards will be trips out. Just hoping it will help with overall ...

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The Art of Family Storytelling and Why It’s Important

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Family Storytelling - Both sharing family history stories and telling fun bedtime stories - are SO great for your kids! Love all of these ideas and research as to why and how to do it.

Lately there has been something pressing on my mind, something that I feel I need to do for my children. I feel this way because I am understanding more and more the importance of family storytelling, both good bedtime storytelling and the telling of family history stories. There is power is in stories, especially true stories, and magic in their telling. The thing about stories are that they are memorable. You can read a textbook all day, but won't remember much of the facts, because they aren't particularly remarkable or engaging. Just as doing something physically, hands-on, is more memorable than reading about or seeing ...

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What Your Kids’ Messes Really Say about Your Life

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Having kids is such a Beautiful Mess!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SweepTheMess #CollectiveBias One thing is for certain when you become a parent: life is going to get much messier. Despite any clean-freak tendencies, amazing organization, or constant hovering over your child, your kids are going to make messes. Often. But, I know that if I choose, I can see my children, my self, and my parenting as a beautiful mess. Because even though my home may be messy almost immediately after cleaning, these messes say something about my life, and that something is quiet beautiful. The ways children ...

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