Tag Archives: child

Bubble Gum Math

31 May

Who says math is boring! See who can blow the biggest bubble or try this bubble gum fun.

Glowing Bubble Bath

30 May

Fill a tub with bubbles, then add some glow sticks. Turn out the lights for a unique bath time!

Bubble Wands

29 May

Click here for some other items to use as bubble wands. You probably already have them in your house.

Bubble Stuff

28 May

I love this idea for a bubble refill station. There are so many cute jugs and dispensers out there now. For the bubble recipe, click on the picture.

*Once recipe calls for glycerin and the other for corn syrup. Both are added to give the bubble a stronger outside so it will last longer. We recommend the glycerin recipe, however be prepared because a small bottle costs about $5. The corn syrup recipe works but leaves a sticky film on hands. It’s much cheaper though.

Making Chores Fun

18 May

  • Work together.
  • Fill a squirt gun with water and a drop of dish soap. Have them shoot at the baseboards.
  • Clean or pick up items by color.
  • Play basketball with the laundry. Set up three baskets; lights, whites, and darks. Have the children shoot the clothes into the correct basket. This works for toys too.
  • Give them the tools. Little kids like kid-sized tools and can use them easier. Older kids can use adult size cleaning tools. What kid doesn’t love a Swiffer?
  • Blast the dance music.
  • Create a special name for your cleaning crew.
  • Allow your child to be the “inspector”. They can look at your work and give you a pointer or two.
  • Put socks on little hands for dusting and wiping windows. You can even decorate them to be “dust monsters”.
  • 10 minute clean ups are great for the end of the day. Set a timer for 10 minutes and see how much you can get done before it rings.
  • Take a “coffee” break after completing some chores.
  • Use pretend play. If you want your child to help with dishes, play restaurant. If you want your child to deliver things to different rooms, play post office.

Don’t forget to have a special treat for a job well done!

Chores vs. Responsibilities

17 May

There are chores and then there are responsibilities. Kids need both to keep the family running smoothly. Click on the picture above to visit Smart Mom University for a list of age appropriate chores and responsibilities.

Allowance

16 May

Allowance is always a tricky subject for families. We’ve included two different articles that you may find helpful about the topic of allowance. There are lots of view points on allowance and you need to decide what works for your family.

You can click on the picture to find out more information about this chore chart.

Dave Ramsey

National PTA

Chore Charts

15 May

Does your child need a reminder about what their chores are and when they should be done? We’ve found a site that has 73 different chore charts that you can download for free; you do have to “Like” them on Facebook before you can download. There are tons of styles and designs to choose from.

We recommend putting the printed chore chart in a clear page protector or laminating it so you don’t have to keep printing them off. You can write on it with a Vis-a-vis or dry erase marker.

Click on the chore chart above to see the various styles.

Why Have Chores?

14 May

Do you want to be cleaning your kids’ dorm rooms or apartments when they leave the house? Teaching kids age appropriate chores is teaching your child lifelong skills.

Click on the picture to read the article about the importance of chores.

What Mom Really Wants

11 May

On my first Mother’s Day, I couldn’t wait to get away from my baby. I know that sounds terrible, but you just might be surprised to find that there are lots of moms who feel this way. I was working full-time, teaching, so I was surrounded by kids all of the time. Not only that, I had no idea what I was doing as a parent and I felt like I was drowning. Fortunately, my husband was very in tune with what I was feeling and planned a very special day just for the two of us.

Over the years, my family has grown and we have celebrated Mother’s Day in a variety of ways but we still have many traditions. My kids always bring me breakfast in bed and as they’ve gotten older, the breakfast has gotten better! We go to church together, as a family and during the day, I take some time for myself. My favorite treat is to lay in the hammock, covered with a blanket and I read until I fall asleep. In the evening we go out to dinner so I don’t have to cook. These are such special gifts my family gives to me each year.

Do you know how the mom in your family likes to celebrate her special day? Ask her what she would like to do. Here’s what some of our moms would like to do.

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