Age-Appropriate Chores for Kids

One or our responsibilities as parents is to raise our children to be responsible, successful adults. Part of that responsibility is teaching our kids how to do household chores.  I’ve thought about the things I am trying to teach my boys (yes “trying”, it’s not always easy!) and here is my list of age-appropriate chores for kids. Age-Appropriate Chores For Kids Before I am ready, my boys will be packing their bags and heading out to face the world on their own. And while I can’t even think about it right now without wanting to cry, I know that part of our responsibility as parents is to get them ready to leave the house.  In order to be ready to leave, they have to know how to DO THINGS!  My boys still see chores as torture, but really, they are learning valuable life skills that will help them to be succesful.  I start my boys with chores when they are really young doing simple things, and add to those responsibilities as they get older.  My list of age-appropriate chores for kids is below. […]

Teaching Boys Personal Hygiene, So They Won’t STINK!

Let’s be honest for a minute.  If you are raising boys, you know about “boy funk” – that nasty odor that emanates from your boys the second they leave the shower (or so it seems.) If my boys walk outside, I know I can expect smelly kids when they return.  But, there is hope. If we teach our boys personal hygiene, and make sure they are actually listening and taking action, then we won’t have to plug our noses when they come in for a hug. Teaching Boys Personal Hygiene It seems as though personal hygiene should be pretty common sense.  You wash your hands, you brush your teeth, you take a bath…etc.  But to a boy, who has time for that?  My boys have boundless energy and they don’t always want to take time to clean up.  Here are some things we need to be teaching our boys about personal hygiene so they don’t STINK! […]

6 Tips to Get Kids to Brush Their Teeth

We have a lot of mouths to brush in my house and these tips to get kids to brush their teeth have helped make teeth brushing less of a struggle. Tips to Get Kids to Brush Their Teeth Getting kids to brush their teeth can be a battle!  The last thing my boys want to do is stop playing to brush their teeth.  My youngest boys are always busy  and getting them to wind down and hold still while they brush their teeth is sometimes a fight.  Plus, brushing their teeth isn’t high up there on the priority list of kids.  Here are some tips to get kids to brush their teeth that have helped my 4 boys. […]

Tips to Get Boys Excited About Learning How to Cook

My boys love helping me plan meals and cook.  They are excited to try new recipes and love learning new ways of doing things.   Here are a few tips to get boys excited about learning how to cook. Cooking With Boys Knowing how to cook is one of the life skills that everyone should have before leaving the house, but sadly a lot of children are never taught how to do more than open a box, boil some pasta and make a sauce out of powdered cheese (If they even learn that).  There are a lot of activities competing for my boys’ attention , but here are a few simple things that I have done to get my boys excited about learning how to cook different foods.   Hopefully I’m preparing them now so when they leave home they will know how to prepare basic meals. […]

10 Tips To Help You Deal With Bedwetting

Bedwetting is normal in kids but it can be frustrating and even embarrassing.  Here are 10 Tips To Help You Deal with Bedwetting. 10Tips To Help You Deal With Bedwetting As I’ve mentioned in the past, we have had our fair share of night-time bathroom issues.  One of those issues is bedwetting.   Bedwetting can be very frustrating, because just when you think you are done with diapers, you have a whole new type of mess to clean up.  And, boys are up to 3Xs more likely to have problems with bedwetting than girls are so I was bound to have at least one with a problem. […]

Toy Storage Solutions – My Top Tips for Storing Toy Sets

Over the years of raising four boys, we have acquired quite a bit of toys.  Here are some of my toy storage solutions as well as some great ideas from some of my favorite bloggers.   Toy Storage Solutions LEGO, Hot Wheels, Train Tracks, Duplo, Balls, Dinosaurs, Pirate Play Sets, Super Hero Action Figures….the list goes on and on of toys that I am constantly stepping on or kicking out of my way.  Can you relate?  I have a couple of easy toy storage solutions that I think you will like. Both ideas involve recycled materials so you won’t have to pay hardly anything at all out-of-pocket if you have them on hand. […]

DIY Toy Storage Containers

If you have kids, then it’s safe to say that you have toys.  These DIY Toy Storage Containers are a fun way to keep all of those toys organized and stored away. DIY Toy Storage Containers Having little boys in the home means having lots of cars, planes, trucks, dinosaurs, blocks and lots more lying around the home.  Sure you can just throw them into a basket and wait for them to be dumped out all over the floor or you can store them in style.  […]

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