Sunday’s Best Linkup – #142

Sunday's Best Linkup - #140

 

Welcome to Week 142 of Mother 2 Mother Sunday’s Best Linkup.  We’re continuing our Hello Fall theme.  We’re looking for fall crafts, recipes, decorating, tailgating, mantel displays and more.

We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard hot dog roasts, and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and share those on our linkup too. They’re are great for inspiration.
Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like.  Be sure to tell your friends, they will want to join the party too.

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on our linkup post the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best Featured Blogger.  All Featured Bloggers will have their posts pinned to Rhonda’s Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board and Kim M. pins the weekly featured bloggers to her Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board too!
The Reader’s Choice post(s) will be determined by the post(s) with the most clicks. We will be adding the winner to our Sunday’s Best Linkup featured bloggers.

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best Linkup will be promoted on Twitter.  In addition to the Post With the Most Clicks, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best Linkup host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts.

Your Sunday’s Best Linkup Hosts Are:

Sunday's Best Linkup

 

Rhonda at Mother 2 Mother   Brittany at A Mama Tale    Kim at Life in a House of Testosterone 

Here are the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe to/follow our blogs:

Mother 2 Mother: Please like Rhonda’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter;, Google+, Pinterest, BlogLovin, or subscribe/join her blog on the right sidebar before you leave.

Kim from Life In A House:  Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter;, Google+;, Pinterest;, Bloglovin;, or Instagram; before you leave.

Brittany from A Mama’s Tale:  Please like Brittany’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, or Pinterest before you leave.

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Rhonda selected Kids’s Pirate Book Covers from Dazzle While Frazzled

 

Halloween Costume Ideas

 

Kim selected Braided Cinnamon Bread from Trick and Treat              

 bread recipe

 

Brittany selected Easy Apple Craft from Burlap and Blue  

 

apple crafts


The Post with the Most Clicks


Dressing My Pumpkin from Penny’s Treasures 

 fall decorating ideas

and

Our Favorite Theme Post(s)  – Hello Fall

 

 Easy DIY Felt Pumpkins from My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies
 fall craft ideas

 and

Pallet Pumpkins from The Apple Street Cottage 
 fall craft ideas
Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and we deeply appreciate each of you participating on Sunday’s Best Linkup.  We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. Finally, your hosts would like to invite all of you back to link up your post(s) again; you could be selected next week! While you’re here, take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love and be sure to connect with others on social media!


Spa Day Ideas and Party Favors

spa day ideas

As mothers and grandmothers, we’re always busy.  Fixing meals, being a chauffer, planning activities for the kids, laundry, and homeschooling.  Furthermore, we can’t leave out the husbands and significant others, we must make time for them too.  As a result of our busy life, we often neglect ourselves.

I have the perfect solution, plan a spa day.  Invite 2 or 3 friends over, and enjoy the day laughing, sipping wine and pampering yourself.  Not in the mood for friends or your time is limited.  No need to feel guilty, pick a few ideas for yourself. Here’s a list of spa day ideas that you can implement:

Foot Massage – First, if you have a portable foot massager/bath, pull it out and pour yourself a glass of wine.  Roll up those leggings, and soak those tootsies.  If various friends will be using the foot massage, be sure to sanitize it between uses.

Give Yourself a Manicure  – Second, remove old polish, shape your nails and soak your fingers in a simple solution of your favorite liquid bath soap.  Better yet, have a friend remove the excess cuticle around your nail and give you a fresh coat of polish.

Facial – Next, a facial is always good.  So, use your favorite facial products and have your friends bring theirs.  You can provide warm water for rinsing and a towel as well as olive oil to use as a moisturizer.

Eye Treatment – Furthermore, slice a few cool cucumbers and place them over your eyes.  Turn on a relaxing DVD, and let the cucumbers do their job.

Finally, prepare a light lunch or finger foods and catch up on what’s been happening with everyone.  If you decide to go it alone, prepare a salad or sandwich and chill a bottle of your favorite wine.

spa day party favors

 

Last, create a spa day party favor for your guests. It doesn’t have to be expensive.  Just show your appreciation.  I grabbed these items from the dollar store.  A wine glass, a loofah and a facial brush are perfect.  Also, you can replace the facial brush with a disposal razor.  Create the spa day sundae above.  It’s simple, you can add bath salt to the bottom of the glass as well.  Add your razor or facial brush and than the loofah.  I think a solid color with white gives the sundae the perfect touch.  The white is reminiscent of a dollop of whipped cream.

Grab a cute gift bag, and you’re set.  Hand them to your guests as they’re leaving to show a token of appreciation for helping to make the day a success.  Last, we hope you enjoyed our spa day ideas.  You may also like: 17 Ways Moms Can Refuel and Relax.

 

Sunday’s Best Linkup – #141

Sunday's Best Linkup - #140

 

Welcome to Week 141 of Mother 2 Mother Sunday’s Best Linkup.  We’re continuing our Hello Fall theme.  We’re looking for fall crafts, recipes, decorating, tailgating, mantel displays and more.

We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard hot dog roasts, and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and share those on our linkup too. They’re are great for inspiration.
Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like.  Be sure to tell your friends, they will want to join the party too.

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on our linkup post the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best Featured Blogger.  All Featured Bloggers will have their posts pinned to Rhonda’s Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board and Kim M. pins the weekly featured bloggers to her Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board too!
The Reader’s Choice post(s) will be determined by the post(s) with the most clicks. We will be adding the winner to our Sunday’s Best Linkup featured bloggers.

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best Linkup will be promoted on Twitter.  In addition to the Post With the Most Clicks, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best Linkup host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts.

Your Sunday’s Best Linkup Hosts Are:

Sunday's Best Linkup

 

Rhonda at Mother 2 Mother   Brittany at A Mama Tale    Kim at Life in a House of Testosterone 

Here are the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe to/follow our blogs:

Mother 2 Mother: Please like Rhonda’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter;, Google+, Pinterest, BlogLovin, or subscribe/join her blog on the right sidebar before you leave.

Kim from Life In A House:  Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter;, Google+;, Pinterest;, Bloglovin;, or Instagram; before you leave.

Brittany from A Mama’s Tale:  Please like Brittany’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, or Pinterest before you leave.

Snag a Button!

Last, please help us grow by placing our button on your sidebar. Please let your readers and followers know by placing the Featured Blogger banner on your site.

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Rhonda selected Neapolitan Checkerboard Cake from The Sweet Sensation

 

cake ideas

 

Kim selected 8 Game Day Recipes from The Frugal Sisters             

 gameday recipes

 

Brittany selected DIY Teacher’s Survival Kit from Dazzled While Frazzled 

 teacher gift ideas

 

The Post with the Most Clicks


Halloween Vampire Chocolate Bark from Bird’s Party 

 Halloween food ideas

and

Our Favorite Theme Post(s)  – Hello Fall

 

 Faking a Fall Vignette from The Boondocks Blog
 fall decorating ideas

 and

 

Fall Home Decorating Tour from Oh My Heartsie Girl
fall decorating ideas
and
9 Super Fun Halloween Crafts from Making Your Life Matter
Halloween crafts
Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and we deeply appreciate each of you participating on Sunday’s Best Linkup.  We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. Finally, your hosts would like to invite all of you back to link up your post(s) again; you could be selected next week! While you’re here, take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love and be sure to connect with others on social media!

 


Prepping Your Kids for The World Of Preschool

 

Preschool Preparation

 

Preschool is a major milestone not just for the child, but the entire family.  If this is your first child heading to preschool, the process can be overwhelming.  There’s a combination of happiness and concern. Take into consideration that your child may be feeling the same.  For example, they may be concerned about being separated from the family for the first time. The good news is that now we live in a time where there are more resources and info than ever to help you make a smooth transition. Here are a few to keep in mind: 

What Do I Need To Know?

This article assumes you have chosen a preschool that you want to visit. Be sure to do your homework and pick a place that meets the needs of your child.  Also, although everything looks good on paper, there is still going to be an unfamiliarity factor with your child.  As a result, visit the preschool with your child before it actually starts. Speak with the facility, and ask if it is possible for you to do a tour together.  Meet the teacher and tour the playground for a bit. Some preschools do a “preview visit” where parents and children in the incoming classes can meet.

Also, talk to your child during the preparatory process about what they are feeling. This doesn’t mean brushing aside their concerns with general statements like “don’t worry, you’ll love it.” Instead, actually hear what’s worrying them and use information to try and alleviate their concerns. Simply saying that you’re going to be there to pick them up or that their teacher will be nice is not enough.  Furthermore, let them know that other children have the same feelings they have. Even adults have concerns. By verbalizing this, you can also come up with suggestions to help them avoid feelings of worry. Additionally, these feelings may be nonverbal.  So, you need to be attentive to see if your child is clinging or becoming withdrawn as preschool approaches.

What Do I Need To Do

Along with talking to your child, there are also more things you can do to get ready for the new environment of preschool. While there may not be a full academic curriculum for preschool the way you may expect for other school levels, there are going to be a lot of different learning experiences and stimuli for your child.  As a result, one of the best things you can do to prepare them is give them an idea of what to expect.  One of the best options is reading children’s books about preschool, that cover potential situations in ways they understand.

Another thing you don’t want to forget is there will be a new social dynamic. This is likely the first time that your child is going to be around a large number of other children.  As a result, try to add in more children for your play dates.  This may help your child to get used to this type of interaction.  Also, if being away from you is a concern, consider having them sleep over at a place where they feel safe.  For example, their grandparents or an aunt or uncle.

Of course, there is also the logistical piece of preparation as well. Part of going to preschool means your child having a regular routine.  So, you will want to start putting the foundation together as soon as possible. This may mean getting your child ready for a bedtime earlier, practicing washing their hands before eating, addressing toileting needs, and eating at the table. As a result, set out clothes and prep breakfasts the night before.  These steps will save you a headache on those busy mornings. Be sure to check with the preschool about what your child will need to bring.  Discuss possibly bringing a transitional item from home to help them feel at ease if you feel they need it.

Preschool can seem like a daunting change for your entire family.  However, it is a time where your child begins to take the steps that will guide them into formative years. So, the best thing you can do as a parent is stay informed.  Most importantly,  prepare.  A good plan means less worries and more fun for everyone.

6 Amazing Ideas to Transform Your Garden

ideas to transform your garden

 

Are you tired of the same bushes and pots of plants in your garden? There are a few things that you can do to improve this green area and transform it into a magnificent recreation place.

After many years of planning and saving, you finally have your own house. Or maybe after years of cramming inside a tiny flat, you can have your own little place to play and relax. Your new home has some very useful rooms, a very nice kitchen, and a beautiful front yard. Keeping your garden beautiful is a fun and exciting experience. Pay attention to the following tips, and you’ll see how your garden starts to glow.

  1. Water your plants

It may sound obvious, but it has to be the first on your list. Plants vary according to how much and how often they need to be watered. The different plants need different amount of water, and thus you need to plan accordingly. You can build a smart water system that can use the unused water or rainwater. A good water system in the garden can make your garden blossom with flowers and fruits.

  1. Decorate with a hammock

If you have two big trees and they are reasonably close to each other, you can try hanging a hammock between them to add an extra chill look to your garden. You can take a quick nap while enjoying the beauty of your garden.

  1. Paint some rocks

Rocks are the natural decorative elements of a garden. They are everywhere. Find a medium-sized rock and then paint it with a bright colour. It will transform your garden into a perfect eye-catcher. However, don’t paint them all as huge pink rocks all over the place would have the complete opposite effect. Another practical décor idea is to have artistic paints on the surface of the rocks,

  1. Choose a theme for your garden

Who says gardens are boring? You can choose a topic or theme and plan your garden following that idea. Jungle, beach, or the forest are some of the vegetation types that you could use to give your garden a touch of the foreign world right there in your house. These plants have a special treatment, and you should also pay attention to your lawn care. If your lawn does not follow the same style of the theme you have chosen, it will definitively look odd.

  1. Ask a gardener

Sometimes an expert advice is the best way to start. If your garden has some problems, such as water supply, tricky areas for lights or maybe a fungus is attacking your plants; the best option would be to call a professional. It is nice to have somebody monitoring the place once in a while.

  1. Glass bottle border

If you want to divide your garden into areas, you can use some glass bottles. First, you will need to decide on the size and shape of the bottles, the medium-size ones work best if you want to delimit a path. Then, you can try painting the bottles and aligning them following a color pattern you have selected. If you don’t like it, you can easily remove the bottles and start all over again.

Hope these ideas to transform your garden will help you find the perfect balance to improve your garden. It can be difficult at the beginning to find the rhythm and energy to maintain an area as green as you want. But, it is surely worth trying.

About the Author: Jane Anderson loves to write on various topics such as health, gardening, and lawn care.  For more information visit yardday.com

 

 

7 Ideas To Decorate Outdoor Space for Fall

outdoor space for fall

 

Fall is in the air.  The air is getting crisp, and soon the leaves will changing from green to shades of red, brown, yellow, orange and burgundy.  As a result, most people are thinking about how they can decorate outdoor space for fall. It’s the perfect time to change up your décor and give your backyard and porch a makeover.

First, the changes don’t have to be extravagant.  You can go from summer to fall without breaking the bank.  Check out our tips on how to decorate outdoor space for fall below:

1. Add a Bench or Baskets So, benches are great for sitting on or displaying fall flowers, and pumpkins. And baskets filled with gourds and Indian corn are a sign of fall for sure. If you’re able to locate apple baskets, they would be perfect for displays.  

2. Build/Add a Fire Pit  – Next, add a fire pit to your deck or backyard.  They’re great for making s’mores or warming up while sipping a glass of cider or wine.  Don’t forget the hot dog roasts.  Open fires make a perfect venue for roasting them.  

3. Change Cushions and Pillows – Furthermore, switch your summer pillows to a fall theme.  Shades of orange, brown, yellow and burgundy are great ways to bring fall into your outdoor space. Just scatter a few here and there.  

4. Add a Rug  – Your deck is part of your outdoor space tool.  As a result, add a rug to your deck.  It will bring the space together.  An outdoor rug is just as affective as an area rug indoors.  Most importantly, it makes the outdoor living space cozy and comfortable. 

5.  Add Plants and Flowers – Additionally, fall is the perfect time to add mums and pansies to your yard.  And don’t forget your containers.  They will both last well into fall. If you decide to plant mums in the ground, mulch them well.  They will return year after year.  Mums can be found in white, yellow, orange and burgundy.  

6.  Add Cornstalks to Corners – Cornstalks give height and interest to an area.  So, stop by your local farmer’s market and pick up a bundle.  Or, if you know a farmer close to you, stop by and see if they will give you a few stalks from their fall harvest. 

7.  Add Pumpkins  – Last, pumpkins can be used in many areas of your yard.  The front porch, in baskets, on benches, in wagons and the list goes on.  Use large or small pumpkins, and don’t forget to get a variety in both orange and white.  Paint them black or gold, get creative.  

Finally, we hope that you enjoyed our tips on how to decorate outdoor space for fall.  Implement a few of our ideas, and you will be able to transform your outdoor space from summer to fall without breaking the bank.  Also, you may  like:  How to Throw an Epic Fall BBQ.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday’s Best Linkup – #140

Sunday's Best Linkup - #140

 

 

Welcome to Week 140 of Mother 2 Mother Sunday’s Best Linkup.  This is the first week of our Hello Fall theme.  We’re looking for fall crafts, recipes, decorating, tailgating, mantel displays and more.

We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard hot dog roasts, and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and share those on our linkup too. They’re are great for inspiration.
Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like.  Be sure to tell your friends, they will want to join the party too.

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on our linkup post the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best Featured Blogger.  All Featured Bloggers will have their posts pinned to Rhonda’s Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board and Kim M. pins the weekly featured bloggers to her Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board too!
The Reader’s Choice post(s) will be determined by the post(s) with the most clicks. We will be adding the winner to our Sunday’s Best Linkup featured bloggers.

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best Linkup will be promoted on Twitter.  In addition to the Post With the Most Clicks, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best Linkup host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts.

Your Sunday’s Best Linkup Hosts Are:

Sunday's Best Linkup

Rhonda at Mother 2 Mother                           Kim at Life in a House of Testosterone 
Jennifer at Making Our Life Matter            Brittany at A Mama Tale

Here are the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe to/follow our blogs:

Mother 2 Mother: Please like Rhonda’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter;, Google+, Pinterest, BlogLovin, or subscribe/join her blog on the right sidebar before you leave.

Kim from Life In A House:  Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter;, Google+;, Pinterest;, Bloglovin;, or Instagram; before you leave.

Brittany from A Mama’s Tale:  Please like Brittany’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, or Pinterest before you leave.

Jennifer from Making Our Life Matter:  Please like Jennifer’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, or Pinterest before you leave.

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Rhonda selected How to Make Picture Ledges from Just Measuring Up   

Picture decor ideas

 

 

Kim selected Spiced Mexican Cheese Dip from Birds Party            

Dip Recipe


Brittany selected 15 Fun School Lunch Ideas from The Organized Dream

 school lunch ideas

 

Jennifer selected Dry Rub for Ribs from Burlap and Blue  

 

Dry Rub Recipes



The Post with the Most Clicks


Five Tips for the First Day of School from Army Wife With Daughters

 back to school tips

 

and

Our Favorite Theme Post(s)  – Back to School

 

10 Shopping Tips for Saving on Back to School Clothes from The Frugal Sisters    

back to school shopping tips
 Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and we deeply appreciate each of you participating on Sunday’s Best Linkup.  We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. Finally, your hosts would like to invite all of you back to link up your post(s) again; you could be selected next week! While you’re here, take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love and be sure to connect with others on social media!


45 Chore Ideas For Kids of All Ages

chore ideas for kids

 

Getting kids to do chores can be a challenge.  Mostly because kids find them boring or there’s no incentive to do them.  Children need to understand that as a family unit, they need to contribute to the functioning of the household.  They also need to learn responsibility and accountability.  Chores are a great way for children to learn both and to contribute to the family home.  In addition to learning responsibility and accountability, earning an allowance for doing chores is a great way for them to learn money management.

Additionally, we have chore ideas for kids of various ages.  We suggest that you choose several of our chore ideas for kids that you think are age appropriate for your children.  Here’s our list:

  1. Take out the trash
  2. Manage recyclable items
  3. Sweep the floors
  4. Mow the grass
  5. Water the garden or flowers
  6. Walk the dog
  7. Feed the dog
  8. Bath the dog
  9. Load and unload the dishwater
  10. Pick up toys/Clean snack area
  11. Place crayons, books, and other items in designated area
  12. Place clothes in hamper
  13. Do family laundry
  14. Fold clothes in place in drawers
  15. Wash dishes in the sink
  16. Clean the bathtub and toilet
  17. Retrieve mail or newspaper
  18. Empty bedroom and bathroom trash cans
  19. Set the dinner table
  20. Clear the dinner table
  21. Vacuum floors
  22. Wash and vacuum the car
  23. Make snacks for siblings
  24. Pack school lunch for siblings
  25. Assist siblings with homework
  26. Babysit siblings when needed
  27. Drop off and pickup siblings from their activities
  28. Read siblings a bedtime story
  29. Take younger siblings to the park
  30. Rake leaves
  31. Bag leaves
  32. Wash windows
  33. Mop floors
  34. Clean garage
  35. Paint yard furniture, picnic table or fence
  36. Gather and stack firewood
  37. Sweep porch or sidewalk
  38. Run errands
  39. Trim shrubbery
  40. Weed garden/shrubbery beds
  41. Organize and maintain kitchen cabinets/pantry
  42. Take family’s folded laundry to bedrooms
  43. Make bed
  44. Strip bed for laundry day
  45. Iron clothing

Reward your children with an allowance and lots of praise.  You can keep track of their progress with one of our 6 free chore charts below.  Download your child’s favorite chore chart here.

You an find the 45 Chore Ideas for Kids broken down my age here.  Of course, some children are more mature than others so you can delegate the chores in your home as appropriate.  Feel free to print it and share with other moms.  We hope that you found our chore ideas beneficial.

 

 

Tips for New Moms: Taking Care of Yourself After Childbirth

tips for new moms

Giving birth is a special event in a woman’s life.  Giving birth changes her role in her family from a wife or lover to that of a mother.  While you’re managing the children, the house, husband, and career, things can become overwhelming.  Moms strive to not lose themselves in the midst of all of it. Many of us, including myself, have seen our moms leave behind everything just to manage the kids and other domestic responsibilities.  They forget about themselves, their hobbies and who they are.

During my parent’s era, moms gave up a lot to give their children a better upbringing.   That was the norm. However, today we have lots of help from technology and loads of information at our fingertips that can help us keep track of our domestic chores while managing our work and self-integrity. By following these simple tips for new moms, women can prevent becoming their own worst enemy.  They can also learn to keep their passions and charm alive while being a great parent.

  1. Hire help: The first principle to implement is to hire a babysitter or a weekly maid of. Being a mother will likely take all of your time. According to Happy Worker’s Mothering fun facts, moms have to stop 210 times in a day to attend to their toddlers! So if you are in that position, you deserve to have a day off.  Learn to relax or go off with your girls for a spa day.  Furthermore have dinner or drinks.
  1. Have me time: To prevent yourself from becoming lost, you need alone time where you can be at peace.  Take the time to just contemplate on yourself and your life. This is the time where you think about your present and your future.  So, me time will allow you to realign with the person you are under all the different robes of responsibilities that you have to wear.  Furthermore, use this time to get in touch with your passions, inner desires, hobbies and interests. There may be times that you will have to say no to your boss, the nosy neighbor, your children and/or husband.  Let your husband take care of the kids. If you are happy, healthy and enthusiastic about your own life, you can be a good role model to your children.
  1. Don’t multi-task: Women often embrace the multi-tasking label. However, scientists have revealed that no matter the gender, multi-tasking is not that great. Our brain’s wiring is such that we are much happier when we see a task right up to its conclusion. Multitasking has been proven to be bad for the brain impacting productivity and is more draining as it takes more energy to get back to the initial task.
  1. Take care of your physical health: When you are physically stressed, it affects you and your family. If you don’t take care of yourself, you may become low on energy.  Also, it can grow into other complications and chronic illnesses. Find an exercise that you enjoy and one that will give you time to think.  For example, cycling or walking your dog will allow the mind to relax while you work your body. If you have gained extra weight, plan a workout to lose it in a healthy way. There are many online tools and mobile applications that will help you plan a weight loss regime according to your needs. Remember, just like you take care of your baby’s body you should also take care of your own. Have a morning pampering routine, indulge in intense exercises regularly, and rekindle any lost sexual intimacy with your partner.

Many mothers often end up judging themselves when they put their needs before the children. You are a caregiver, a guardian, and a parent.  However, you are entitled to take care of yourself too. So, don’t criticize yourself for being disorganized or inadequate.  You have been doing enough already, and a little self- love is not only good it is necessary.  We hope our tips for new moms have been beneficial.

About the author: James Smith is a survivalist, who loves to write about survival skills and techniques. You can follow him at @JamesSmith1609.

How To Delegate Appropriate Chores for Kids

 

chores for kids

Please note that the title of this blog does not ask if children should do chores. As members of a family unit, of course, they should contribute. We’re going to tell you how to choose appropriate chores for kids of various age groups.

Preventing Pitfalls

Perfection is an unattainable goal. So, don’t expect it. Instead, take a more casual approach to chores and the way your kids accomplish them. As long as they make an honest effort, don’t discourage them by nitpicking the job they do, as per parenting pros at WebMD.

Next, don’t put off assigning chores to the kids who live in your house. If any child is earning an allowance, they are old enough to manage at least a few simple household errands.  For example, little kids can put their toys away and place their worn clothing into the hamper.  Elementary school age kids can scoop the litter box and feed the dog.

Most parents use an allowance as a tool for their children to learn money management.  Kids do well when they’re taught the value of a job well done too.   So, don’t always rely on money as proof of their contribution.  An allowance as compensation for chores rarely works on young kids who are not money motivated.

However, lavish praise and be consistent.  Express your happiness while your kid is actually doing the chore. This builds positive momentum and keeps your kid in action. Let your children know that you notice their efforts, and be sure to tell them they’re doing a good job, suggest Mom magazine.

Be Specific

Instead of telling your child to go clean your room, tell the exactly what you want them to do.  For example, put your dirty clothes in the hamper, put away your books and toys, or place your toys in the toy box,” is a much better way to give your kid the message. These are appropriate chores for kids that are young too.  Teach them how to make a bed before telling them to make it. Show them how to do the dishes before sending them into the kitchen to clean up. Make a chore chart and don’t micromanage. You want your kids to learn the joy of a job well done. Teach them to do it right, and let them get on with it.

Assign age appropriate chores

There’s no point in telling your toddler to wash the family car or take out the trash. You can, however, kindly instruct a teenager to do the same. Adolescents are able to manage most household chores sans supervision. They may not smile throughout the process, but they’re certainly capable of doing more chores than their younger siblings.

Teens who are newly licensed to drive may actually enjoy chores like using the family car to pick up needed items at the grocery store. Assign the chore of picking up their little sister at dance class, and you may even find your teen asking for more chores, suggests Mom magazine.

Make Chores Fun For Everyone

When you tell your kid to clean the bathroom, provide them with eco-friendly, nice smelling, biodegradable products. If they are not choked by fumes, they may welcome cleaning the tub and toilet. Stock up on a sweet selection of planet pleasing cleaning items from CleanHappens.com.  Make sure these are appropriate chores for kids who will be responsible with the products.

From the age of five until they reach adolescence, most kids are able to contribute time and energy to household chores. For a third or fourth grader, assign daily chores such as making their own bed, unloading the dishwasher, and feeding the family pet.  Other appropriate chores for kids this age may include things like folding and putting away laundry, emptying trash cans and sweeping the kitchen floor.

Seasonal Chore Charts

If your family lives where leaves turn orange in autumn and spring brings April showers, you can assign seasonal chores to your kids. In the summertime, kids can wash and vacuum the car. In winter, they can shovel sidewalks, suggests VeryWell magazine.

Most importantly, show them how you want the job done and always enforce safety rules.  Aside from that, tell your kid what to do and let them do it.  Avoid nagging your teen. Offer kind and encouraging guidance, instead.

Finally, insist that your teen do their chores before they go out with friends.  Setting priorities is a good way for them to learn management skills too.

About the Author: Jack Gould is a hands-on Dad who is proud to call himself a house husband. His articles talk about parenting, raising strong, independent, healthy and happy kids.