Sunday, May 31, 2009

Homemaker Monday: Getting Kids to Work, Mealtime Ambience and Tear-Free Rinsing

Welcome to the 43rd weekly edition of...


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YOURS: This week's "YOURS" goes to Lydia over at Babies and Bags! She's a military wife, a mom of six and she even has a home business making and selling purses. Her post is on getting kids to help at home. If you've read my blog for more than a week or so, you know that this topic is a HUGE deal for me. It is what I spend most of my spare time thinking about (yes, fun, I know). Lydia has some great ideas on getting kids to help that I use myself, plus she has some new things I would like to try and incorporate into my housework routines. One idea is to have an empty jar and every time one of the kids does assigned chores, or any chore for that matter, without being asked, a marble will be added to the jar...


When it is full, the kids can have an ice cream party with friends. I KNOW my kids would LOVE this, so I am going to be trying something similar this week. Wish us luck! For Lydia's entire post, click HERE. Thanks you for your inspiration, Lydia. There is nothing like teaching our kids the value of work.

And now, for the "how I applied it to my life" feature...

Last week, I introduced Jen over at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam. Her post was on creating ambience during mealtime with candlelight. I have done just that all week and it has been lovely. The kids and our company all commented on how cool it was to have candles lit during dinner. I did an entire post on my experience for "Tablescape Thursday" , plus a how-to on napkin/silverware rolling, if you'd like to check it out HERE , but if you'd just like a taste of how things turned out, here's a photo the 14-year-old girl took of our Sunday dinner...


Thank you so much, Jen, for your inspiration. You made my world a better place this week!

MINE: Credit for this week's tip goes to the 14-year-old girl. Once she realized how well it worked, she even suggested that I use it for "Homemaker Monday". How cute.

She was in charge of washing the three-year-old's hair. Even after three years, he still hasn't gotten used to the idea of having water poured over his head. He opens his eyes and gets burned by shampoo and cries and really does not look forward to washing-hair time. The 14-year-old girl, the genius that she is, decided to have him wear goggles during the washing and rinsing process. Here's how it went...








(I always seem to take things a little too far and don't know when to say when with the camera. He let me know.)

If you're in the same boat we are and would like to try this, let us know how it goes! Thanks for listening.

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9 comments:

Melinda said...

I like the candle idea! It just kind of brings peace and relaxation to our dinner time. Your girl is such a thinker! What a good idea. He looks so darn cute with the goggles on. Happy Monday!

Hoosier Homemade said...

The goggles are a brillant idea! My boys are a lot older, wish I would have thought of that when they were young.
Thanks for hosting!
~Liz

NatureGirl said...

Goggles!!!! She IS a genius...why did not I think of that!

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

The goggles are a great idea!

Cheryl B. said...

What A-DOR-A-BLE pictures!!! The 12 year old girl deserves something chocolate ;-}

Amanda B. said...

Love the goggles idea- very smart! One of my two year olds cries when I wash her hair, so I will have to try it. I also plan on organizing my kids chores better this summer while they are out of school, so the jar idea is a big help!!

C said...

Those pictures of the 3-year old are so cute!!! And your 14-year old girl is a genius. I love her.

Prima Christy

JUST ME, THE MOM said...

Impressive - what a smart young cookie! How come I've never thought of that? The goggles make bath time an adventure :)

Kristin

thereallifehome said...

Love the goggles idea! Thanks so much for sharing!