With all of the kids home for summer vacation, the number of cups around the kitchen have gotten out of hand. When you have to run the dishwasher twice a day, it's time to get crafty.
I took a few minutes and thought about what was most important (to me) to have the kids accomplish on a daily basis. Of course, chores was on the top of my list, but I also wanted the kids to read, do something healthy, help cook, etc.
My younger boys shower in my bathroom, where the towel racks are adult-sized. Naturally, the towels end up on the floor. Oh yes.... the floor, my kids can reach.
When my husband didn't pick up "my" mental and physical load, I felt like he was telling me that these tasks were beneath him. I didn't get a free night out; I only postponed the work I would have had to do anyway. As a "bonus", it's my fault because I didn't tell
In all honesty, if you want peaceful mornings (on most days), then you have to take responsibility for them. Any good coach will tell you that you can't expect greatness from your players if you don't do tough work yourself. This is what we do to survive mornings...
Keeping any surface in our house clean for any length of time is a challenge. It's like the newly cleaned counters and table tops scream: "Look! There's a space to put your junk here! Oh, the floor? Sure, throw some things on the floor, but put something sticky on me too!!"
While good dental hygiene is important to me, I mainly take the kids so someone else can shame them into brushing their teeth. I enjoy when my kids have to hear the same lecture I've given a million times from their snarky hygienist.
Achieving any goal means going in with the right game plan. So use the tips in this post to forge your strategy for single-parenting success. You'll appreciate the edge these ideas can give you, and for that matter, so will your kids.
My friends and family thought with so many kids, I needed to relax. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to take a luxurious bubble bath.
My parenting fails have included the usual mishaps, but my largest parenting fails have mostly indicated that it's tricky to keep track of so many kids. In the fall, five or six years ago, we went on a family picnic. It was a nice area with trees and room to let the kids run
I like my fashion like I like my kids' homework: Quick and Easy! It feels good to know I'm dressed like an adult with some fashion sense. It makes me look and feel like I have my sh*t together. The thing is, I don't have time or patience to shop, and I can't tell if
With a couple of birthdays (plus the odd potluck), October is a good time for us to make Halloween Treats!
It's time to buy school supplies! Here is my worksheet that I use to add up all of the pencils, etc. that we are responsible for each year:
We needed to get on the same page by sitting down together as a family in order to stabilize our Domestic Church.
Filling out school registration forms is monotonous, gives me writer's cramp, and is incredibly time consuming. I streamline the process with pre-printed shipping labels.
Now that smart phones store credit card/ reward card information, business contacts, as well as photos, I have extra slots in my wallet for my children's "Birth Stats".
I would love to watch my boys play in high school games someday... but for now, unorganized sports is as good as it gets.
Unfortunately, the more children I had, the less time I had for reading.
When you are a parent out-numbered by your kids, it is necessary to enlist help from the troops, especially where chores are involved.
Our kids are numbered, but not because we've forgotten what we named them...