Gift Ideas for Pets: Holiday Edition

 

 

gift ideas for pets

If only you could ask your four-legged family members exactly what’s on their holiday wish list. Luckily, there’s a good amount of empirical evidence that they’re partial to treats.  Furthermore, cozy places to snooze and games that channel their sense of fun. We’ve compiled a few gift ideas for pets that will help you show them your love:

Give your cat a spa treatment

With this facial massage roller.  It’s specially-designed for kitties.

A pet-loving pinch-hitter for when you’re not around 

Also known as a Rover.com pet sitter. Hate leaving your four-legged friend at home alone during the day? Hire a Rover sitter to take your pup for a walk, provide daycare, or even take them in for a weekend. There’s nothing your little love digs as much as attention.  Well, maybe treats, but we’ll get to that later.  So, during the times when you won’t be available, treat them to some extra love, exercise, and care from the experienced, thoroughly-vetted pet sitters at Rover.

A cozy new bed or blanket

Additional gift ideas for pets is to make a customized bed or blanket.  You can match it to your decor, the season, or whatever pattern or color your heart desires.  Purchase super soft fleece from your local craft or fabric store.  Cut two pieces the size you’d like the bed or blanket to be.  Next, cut fringe-like slits all around the border.  To make it into a bed, insert a pillow between the two pieces, then tie corresponding fringe pieces from each fabric piece together. To make it a blanket, simply tie together without the stuffing.

Catnip bubbles

Sounds too good to be true when it comes to kitty entertainment, but these bubbles combine the irresistible combination of catnip scent with the fun of bubbles, meaning you get to drive your cat crazy as they bat away at the smell of their favorite treats.

We hope you enjoyed our gift ideas for pets suggestions, and you will choose 1 or 2 ideas your pet or as a gift.

Top 3 Remote Control Cars to Play With Your Children

 

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They are smart, fast and always looking for new adventures. I’m talking about our children, of course! Their energy and constant desire to explore and to learn new things is amazing. So, we become their teachers and partners.  Furthermore, we show them the way and we have lots of fun discovering the world again, but through their eyes.

I loved playing all sorts of games with my kids, mostly invented ones. The presence of the remote control cars in our house allowed me to help them develop useful skills while playing.  These cool toys are perfect for getting good eye coordination and improving the spatial sense of direction.  Additionally,  recognizing colors and making the child think fast and make quick decisions. When you’re looking for the best one for your kid don’t just consider the price. Also check out the manufacturer and how the features helps them learn new things.  ­I put together this short list of remote control cars, which you should try alongside your children.  You will have the time of your life!

Remote Control Cars for Toddlers

If your child is 2 to 3 years old, the perfect remote control car for them is the Squeezable Remote Control Fire Truck.  It’s a cool car which won the Oppenheim Platinum Award for the best toy this year. It is adorable, it spins, and it is also effortless to handle, even for a toddler. Your child can easily operate the remote without any help once you’ve learned together how to use it. While playing, you can teach them about the important role of the firefighter.  Also, how to be safe in case of a fire.

remote control truck tipsRemote Control Cars for Preschoolers

When your child is over three years old, you could go for the Fisher-Price My Easy Remote Control vehicle.  It’s a smart choice for many reasons.  It doesn’t have any unsafe small components, sharp edges, it’s simple to control, and it turns off by itself if not being used.  A bonus is that it rides smoothly on carpets.  So, if it rains your child can keep busy with this one. Or, if you want something awesome, see the Fast Lane Ford F-150.  It has huge off-road tires and a bumper that could take any shock. It’s perfect to use when you want to do some gardening.  You can concentrate on the yard, while your child concentrates on the monster truck.

 

Remote Control Cars for Children 8 to 10

There are a lot of fantastic choices for this age! One would be the award-winner Traxxas RTR Slash.  It’s an enduring, fast truck which your child will love.  My advice is to check the Best Remote Control Trucks for Sale – Top 10 Reviews for more accurate information. But, let me mention the SZJJX Wall Climber, too. This car drives on the ceiling, for real! Just make sure there’s no one standing under it when climbing the ceiling. The best car reviews Remote Control Rank advices that the vehicle may fall if its mechanism isn’t working properly. Good to know!

 

remote control carsI hope you will enjoy spending time playing with your children and their favorite remote control cars. It was a great ride for me, for sure!

 

 

Homework Tips: 5 Ways To Help Your Child With Their Homework

 

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There are plenty of parts of being a parent that are harder than others. One thing that is particularly difficult is to get your child to do their homework.  Most likely, they have had a long day at school.  As a result, the last thing they want to do is more school work.

However, doing homework is incredibly important.  So, how can you encourage and help your child with their homework? Here are 5 homework tips that you can try out for yourself:

Don’t Try to Multi-task

When you are helping your child with their homework focus  on that particular task. There are plenty of parents who will try and help while they are cooking, making tea or  ironing clothes.  However, this may take your focus away from the homework and lead to confusion for both of you.

Google If  You Don’t Know

It can be a little embarrassing if you simply don’t know how to help your child.  So, rather than muddling through and frustrating your child,  utilize the tools that you have at hand.  For example, Google. It isn’t cheating, it is making sure that you get to the right answer.

Know When to Get Them Extra Help

It can be hard to admit, but sometimes it becomes apparent that your child needs more help with their homework that you can’t give. This means that you may need to speak to a tutor or your child’s teacher for additional help. This is a much better idea than trying to pretend that everything is going okay.

Pick the Right Place To Do Homework

There is no point trying to get your child to focus on their homework with the rest of the family around and the TV on. Instead, you need to head to a place where the distractions are at a minimum. Bedrooms with desks, at the dining room table, even out in the garden if the weather is nice. The main thing is that your child give 100% to their homework and not be distracted.

Be Patient

There is nothing more frustrating than knowing the answer to something only to find that your child doesn’t. This is particularly true if the answer is obvious or it is simple to work out. The thing to remember is that you have to stay calm. They are still learning and it can take them some time to come to grips with some aspects of their education. They will appreciate your patience and it will help to keep them calm too.

No-one wants to have to force their children to do their homework. So, if there are ways that you can make things easier, then it makes sense to try these homework tips out for yourself.

 

 

School Lunch Ideas for Picky Eaters

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School is back in session, and creating healthy school lunches can be daunting.  Especially, if you have a picky eater.  My grandchildren are both picky eaters.  When I’m visiting my grandchildren, I fix breakfast and lunches.  As a result, I have become a master at creating school lunch ideas for picky eaters.  My grandson has given me 5 years experience.  My granddaughter is just entering the first grade, and she is even more of a picky eater than her brother.  But, I’m no longer intimidated by “I don’t want that” or “I don’t like that.”

Also, I have found that if you involve your children in creating the lunches you can eliminate a lot of stress.  For example, take the kids to the groceries store with you.  Be sure to stay within your budget though.  The goal is to have them tell you want they want.  As a parent purchase what is healthy, but purchase a few items that they like too.  Most importantly, take a look at our school lunch ideas before you head to the grocery store.  Make a list of the school lunch ideas that you plan to purchase for your picky eater.

Becoming an expert required me to listen and pay attention.  For example, make a note of what’s left in your picky eater’s lunch bag.  Find out why they didn’t eat it.  There are times, the item wasn’t eaten because they were full from the other items.  The leftover items become an afterschool snack. Furthermore, you can eliminate an item from the menu the next time so they will eat everything.

So, for a week I had my grandson pack his own lunch.  I monitored what he was selecting, so I could make sure there was plenty on hand in the future.  I also monitored what wasn’t eaten. Most of the time, the fruit ended up being the left over. He does love bananas, so I make this particular fruit the go to for him.  But, my granddaughter loves bananas, oranges, apples and pears.

 

Main Meal Items 

  • Pepperoni Rolls
  • Bagel with Cream Cheese
  • Bagel with Peanut Butter
  • Lunchable Pizza Box
  • Ham and Cheese Rollup
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches
  • Pepperoni/Salami Slices and Cheese
  • Tuna Sandwich
  • Ham & Cheese Sandwich
  • Turkey Sandwich
  • Pasta

Fruit and Vegetables

  • Celery with Ranch Dip
  • Peeled Clementines
  • Seedless Grapes
  • Celery with Peanut Butter
  • Apples with Peanut Butter
  • Banana and Strawberry Kabobs
  • Banana
  • Apple and Cheese Kabobs
  • Peach Slices
  • Carrot Sticks with Ranch Dip

Snacks

  • Pretzels and Cheese
  • Go-gurt
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese Sticks
  • Chips/Popcorn
  • Cookies/Brownies
  • Trail Mix

Water

  • Flavored Water
  • Capri Sun
  • Sunny D

school lunch ideasFurthermore, invest in a well insulated lunch bag.  Having a well insulated bag is key to implementing school lunch ideas successfully.  Nobody wants to eat foods that are supposed to be warm and they end up cold and vice versa.  Most importantly, this includes your picky eater.  That will be a perfect reason for your picky eater not to eat their lunch.

Last, you can download our School Lunch Ideas for Picky Eaters printable here.   You may also like 12 Picky Eater Tips.

 

 

Fall First Grade Activities for Kids

 

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Fall is around the corner.  Hot dog roast, making S’mores, pumpkin patches and gathering around the fireplace with the family will begin.  Also, it’s a great time to start gathering cold weather for everyone.  My granddaughter started first grade last month. So, I’ll be putting together lots of worksheets for her and you will get the benefit of being able to print and use them.  Be sure to subscribe if you’re interested in printables.

Helping your child count to 20 before kindergarten is great, so if you have a preschooler these activities will help them too.

 

This time of year, the leaves are turning and pumpkin patches await visit First Grade Subtract the Apples.  It also starts to get chilly and rainy.  So, we created a first grade activity pack that includes math, addition, matching, and writing pages. Also, children love to color.  We included a coloring page and a page for them to draw a face on the pumpkin.  You can download the fall first grade activity sheets here.

Additionally, we have a Kindergarten Activities pack that will help kids count from 1 – 10 and than 1 – 15. We have also created an addition math sheet that encourages children to trace the sum of the numbers.   Furthermore, you can find pumpkins in the Cutest Pumpkin in the Pumpkin Patch that need to be numbered.  Also, apples from the trees in the fall.  Your little one will have to number the falling apples in another activity.  Download the fall kindergarten activity sheets here.

Be sure to subscribe so you can receive other educational printables for kids.  You may also like Fall Nature Hunt Game.  Another activity that excites littles ones in the fall is Halloween. Actually it is around the corner, and everyone is exciting about the scariest night of the year.

6 Tips to Make Homework Fun for Children

Homework Tips for Children

 

Your children may illicit moans and groans when you prod them to do homework. But focusing on reading, writing and math is important for kids academically. If you’re not up for the constant battle that comes with their studies, you may want to find a more positive approach. The following are 6 tips will make homework fun for children.

Create a Fun Environment

As you’ve probably noticed throughout your own career life, work can be mind-numbingly and boring at times. Even people with the most exciting of jobs can find it difficult to focus at times. If you’re looking to instill productivity in children after a long day of school, design a creative and fun setting for your kids to work in. Busy areas of the household may hold a variety of distractions, so you want to pick the right location.

You also want to set limits on the use of technology such as smartphones and television. Include your child in the process when you’re looking for a place. You may also want to paint the room an exciting color that instills brilliance and creativity. Prepare the environment with essentials your child will need to tackle their homework. This could include a calculator, pencils, paper, scissors, pens, crayons and a stapler. If your child is assigned books to read, find a cozy chair that is comfy enough for them to peruse the literature, but won’t promote falling asleep.

Be Productive Together

It can be challenging for your child to focus on homework when you’re busy running all over the place handling laundry and other household chores. According to a maid service out of Atlanta, you can enjoy having a germ-free and spotless home every day by leaving it in the hands of the pros and still be free to work beside your child. Whether your time is spent catching up on work, personal emails, bills or planning a vacation, this time together makes it easier for your child to concentrate.

Enrich the Senses

Fidget spinners are a popular tool that engages your child’s sense of touch. It’s also a method that can ease stress and help them focus. If you’re looking to enrich your child’s other senses through learning, stress balls and white noise machines are essentials for stimulating their sense of hearing and touch. Baking cookies or a cake is another learning tool that helps hone a child’s math skills through measuring ingredients. It also engages the sense of smell. You can make learning about the body’s senses fun by placing a silk scarf over your child’s eyes and finding objects that they can touch, taste and smell. Reward them with stickers or a treat when they guess correctly.

Designate Office Hours

Your child may need assistance with their homework. While you may want to hover as they sift through their book work, set up allotted times your children can come to you with questions. This method may sound regimented, but it can prevent you from taking over their homework. It also allows them the self-esteem children need to do their own work. You can model good academic behavior by teaching them the importance of reading a book instead of watching T.V. or listening to the radio while your child studies.

Use Visual Aids

Children are visual learners, so you want them to see their progress.  Another way to make homework fun for children is to set up bulletin boards.  Yocan display work assignments and when they are due. Place encouraging messages or posters that instill positivity. Post graded work assignments both good and bad. If the homework received a good grade, this can encourage them to keep up the good work. If they received poor marks, find ways to lift their spirits, so they will do better next time.  Silly jokes and anecdotes can ease tension if your child is stressed over a test or finals.

Prepare Smart Snacks

If your child is hungry, they may be tired, unmotivated and cranky. You can provide your child with the energy they need to focus on their homework by preparing smart snacks. Allow your child to help in the preparation and choose from a list of healthy foods. Apples with nut butters provide energy. Your child may also benefit from healthy grains such as whole-grain crackers and cheese cubes or baked tortilla chips and salsa.

After your child has spent the entire day at school, motivating them to do their homework can be a difficult feat. But don’t sweat their lack of motivation. Using the above 6 strategies, you’ll be able to transform their math or vocabulary lessons into a fun adventure.  Make homework fun for children!

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.

45 Chore Ideas For Kids of All Ages

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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

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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

 

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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.