Monday, February 25, 2008

10 Ways the kids can help take some of the load off, giving you more time to relax.

Having your children help you will give them a sense of responsibility & maturity. It will teach them how to clean and show them the importance of keeping it clean. I know first hand how frustrating it can be when you want things done a certain way, and those little hands just don’t give you that result. That’s why I think you should limit their duties to very simple yet time consuming tasks.

1.Let them empty the dryer for you, putting all the clothes in a basket for you to fold. My girls pretend they are dump trucks and take little bits in the basket and dump them on the couch for me.
2.Give them easy things to put away after folding Ex; socks, underwear ect..
3.Leave them a pile of hangers and have them put the clothes on them. Then you’re only left to hang them in the proper place.
4.Dusting is very simple for young ones. Rag with spray and their good to go. Those little fingers can get in places you never knew dust even existed.
5.Have them help you carry in groceries.
6.After grocery shopping leave everything that goes in the fridge for them to do.
7.Make their beds but leave the pillows and stuffed animals .
8.When empting the dishwasher leave all the silverware for them.
9.After supper let them scrape off dishes and put back all fridge items.
10.Have them pick up all their dirty clothes and put in the basket.
Letting them do these little things from time to time will better their lives and yours. Yes, they are small but five minutes here and there adds up fast. If you’re like me by the time you sit down in the evening it’s 9 pm and you can barely keep your eyes open from exhaustion. I don’t know about you but I think it’s worth paying a quarter here and there for some free time.
When using these concepts do expect your child to experience these phases at any given time:
Excitement Phase- The first time they are getting to do grownup stuff with Mommy. They’ll grin form ear to ear and can’t wait to hear the next step.
Complaining Phase- The whining begins as to “why do they have to”,”Do I have to?”, “How long” “why? Why? Why?
Toughing it out Phase- They’ll pout and walking around. Maybe crying for sympathy, mumble stuff behind your back...
Eager to please Phase- “Did I do a good job?”, “what else can I do?”, “Come look!”
Trained Phase- They do it regardless of anything.

In the end you’ll be surprised when they begin to do things without you asking.

With all the extra time this will save you can then use it to pamper yourself.

Homemade Bubble Bath Recipe

5 drops of fragrance
4 cups distilled water
1 cup Castille soap (or unscented shampoo)
1 ½ oz liquid glycerin (skin moisturizer) found in health food stores

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