Chores For Kids – From A Mom of Six

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Doing choresI am often asked, “What are good chores for kids to be doing at this age?”

Amazingly, I’m asked this more often than, “How do I get my kids to do chores?” Both are very important questions and actually go hand in hand.

As a mom of six, I do have some ideas as to what chores are good for kids to be doing and how to get kids to do them.

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Cheryl lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband and six boys. She has been on YouTube since 2010 and is focused on highlighting the fun side of parenting. She is a soon to be published author and has a passion for helping others by sharing the tips and tricks she has learned along the way.

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5 Reasons Moms Don’t Like to Be Home Alone

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Being home alone sounds great doesn’t it? Are you a mom that is always home alone with the kids and dreams of having time to yourself? I think when we give so much of our energy every day to our family and our home, it gets very draining and we start to dream about the day when we finally get time to ourselves. But what happens when we finally do get to be home alone? Read more

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The Joys of Potty Training Twins

We have twin boys. They are now 3 years old and we are determined to have them potty trained by the time they reach college.

Because there are two needing to be potty trained, we have two potty chairs. We don’t usually get two of everything, but when one has to sit on the potty, the other one isn’t too far behind starting to show signs that he too should be sitting on a potty.

 

What Are The Signs?

Because I have boys, I watch for the universal sign of the tug/pinch. They will grab at themselves and bother with it until we tell them to sit on the potty. Almost immediately, they’ll empty their little bladders.

Pausing during play time is another sign. They’ll be playing with a toy or chatting with their brothers and then…freeze. They are thinking about what’s about to happen and if you don’t catch them and have them sit on the potty, bad things happen.

A common clue is when they make a quick dash for the stash of diapers. Going in a diaper is familiar and they don’t want wet underwear, wet clothes or to pee on the floor, so the diapers look very appealing.

 

What Have I Tried?

What seems to be working for them is going diaper/underwear free at first to avoid the extra step of pulling underwear off when they don’t have that much time between recognizing they have to go and peeing.

Regular reminders to the point of being annoying has also been helpful. There are so many other things they would rather be doing, such as playing games with each others that they tune out the potty signal in their brain until it’s too late.

Banning diapers during the day is another helper. They hated that! They though it was a form of kid torture to not be allowed to have a diaper. They’ve gotten used to it though.

Praise, praise and more praise! We’ve done the charts (which didn’t really work for them) and we’ve done rewards. What worked the best was simply the act of marching with them to the bathroom and doing the ceremonial flush of the toilet. They wanted the big celebration and for it to be a big deal! And because there are two of them, there has been a lot of celebrating going on within seconds because each boy must flush what they make.

 

The Twins’ Favorite?

The most recent potty training experiment I did with the twins seemed to be their favorite. It was a Potty Party. I set them up in the living room with juice, hot chocolate, chips and salsa, nearby potty chairs and all the refills they wanted while they watched a documentary on a turtle in the ocean. They had a blast placing orders for more juice as they watched their show. Soon, the juice started to go through their systems and those potty chairs were looking pretty good. It was a productive day.

 

Final Random Thoughts

Never give up.

Wait until their ready or you’ll get frustrated and so will the kids.

Find what methods they respond to stick with it for a time.

Keep it exciting, no matter how many buckets of pee you have to dump into the toilet, remember to celebrate it like it was the best pee you have ever seen.

Be creative. You never know what you can come up with, like a potty party, that will make training interesting and fun for kids.

And remember the fun memories of potty training. Something silly might happen, like potty seats getting stuck on kids’ heads…..

 

 

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Cheryl lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband and six boys. She has been on YouTube since 2010 and is focused on highlighting the fun side of parenting. She is a soon to be published author and has a passion for helping others by sharing the tips and tricks she has learned along the way.

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Zoink’d Season 2

Get ready folks, cause I’m going to be on Zoink’d! What is Zoink’d? It is a zany TV show on YTV where adults show off their crazy talents for kid judges for a chance at winning $1000. If you don’t impress the kids, well they send goo down a chute on the unsuspecting contestant!

From the episode summary for the season premiere, it looks like my episode airs TONIGHT, Saturday November 17 at 6pm. Check out your listings where you live to see what time it airs and then look for repeats!

It is a show that my older boys LOVE! They were extremely excited when they heard that the show wanted me to fly out and they are dying to find out what happened. They are going to be gathered around the TV tonight waiting for the show. I convinced Lyndan to wait until after supper since he announced yesterday that he was going to watch YTV all day long so he wouldn’t miss it.

I can’t tell you what happens on the show until after so check back here later for a behind the scenes look at my time on the show! 🙂

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Cheryl lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband and six boys. She has been on YouTube since 2010 and is focused on highlighting the fun side of parenting. She is a soon to be published author and has a passion for helping others by sharing the tips and tricks she has learned along the way.

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Parents Should Take A Vacation

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I am surprised by the people who think it isn’t right for parents to leave their kids behind with their grandparents while their parents go on a vacation together. People are of the belief that once you have kids, you shouldn’t do anything away from your children, or at least don’t do anything big without them. But is that right?

We just went away on a 1 week vacation to Panama. It felt awkward for me to be away from my kids as we do pretty much everything with them, but we felt we needed some alone time as a couple. We had so much life change that has happened in our family in the last 2-5 years that we needed to take a timeout, create a vision for our family and then re-enter reality again. Because we knew we were going on a vacation without our kids, we wanted to make sure we did something that they wouldn’t necessarily want to do. A boring vacation for kids. That meant Disneyland was out, but that’s ok because we took them for a day at Disney this Summer (try affording more days with 6 kids) and we didn’t want to be around large crowds anyways.

On our trip we visited historical sites, went kayaking and hiking in the rainforest. Had we taken our children, then would have been whining about being bored or that the mosquitos were biting them. Rather than expose them to what they would perceive to be torture-like conditions, we let Grandma and Grandpa do what they do best with their Grandkids and the boys had a great time with them. The boys had fun spending quality time with their Grandparents and we had good quality connection time.

For us, we hadn’t been away without our kids on trips that weren’t work related for 12 years. This was our first child-free vacation where there wasn’t another agenda of fitting in free time between meetings. Anniversary weekends away were typically once every 5 years and that meant dropping the kids off with family late on a Friday evening and picking them up by noon on Sunday. One day to ourselves and it always felt rushed.

We need to take better care of ourselves as parents and if it means getting away with each other once in a while, then do it. As long as you also plan family trips, then why should people criticize you for spending time with your spouse? Make sure it’s balanced and that your kids are well cared for. You will be a better parent if you take care yourself and your other half.

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Cheryl lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband and six boys. She has been on YouTube since 2010 and is focused on highlighting the fun side of parenting. She is a soon to be published author and has a passion for helping others by sharing the tips and tricks she has learned along the way.

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Baby Photos

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Today I needed to gather a couple of pictures together for Dannan to take to kindergarten. His teacher had sent home a paper bag along with a note that read how his class was doing a project called “Uniquely Me” which required pictures of them as a baby, toddler and today.

I quickly realized that all my pictures of Dannan were online and I started to dig through my facebook photo album when I came across a photo that was actually from is passport. We had taken him to get his picture taken multiple times and each time, the passport office rejected it. They complained about his skin being too shiny, eyes weren’t open enough or he had a smile. Smiles are forbidden in passport photos. Finally, we were able to capture an image and this image was accepted by the passport office. His passport was issued and we were off on our family trip to Florida.

 

Imagine being the border patrol officer looking at this photo. Many weren’t able to keep a straight face when they saw this.

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Cheryl lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband and six boys. She has been on YouTube since 2010 and is focused on highlighting the fun side of parenting. She is a soon to be published author and has a passion for helping others by sharing the tips and tricks she has learned along the way.

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Learning to Count

Our twin boys, Dayn and Lyan, are quickly approaching 3 years old and they are really interested in learning how to count. They are trying it out with toys, cows in the fields, trees outside and food on their plate. They don’t always get it right though.

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Cheryl lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband and six boys. She has been on YouTube since 2010 and is focused on highlighting the fun side of parenting. She is a soon to be published author and has a passion for helping others by sharing the tips and tricks she has learned along the way.

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Bedtime Routines for Kids

After posting about putting the kids to bed early so parents can have some quiet time in the evening, I was approached about commenting on bedtime routines for kids. Well, here it is.

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Cheryl lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband and six boys. She has been on YouTube since 2010 and is focused on highlighting the fun side of parenting. She is a soon to be published author and has a passion for helping others by sharing the tips and tricks she has learned along the way.

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Quiet Time Without The Kids

For the longest time, we as parents just let our kids dictate their bedtime or would put them to bed when we were tired. This meant bedtime for kids around 10pm every night and we were exhausted. It was taking a toll on us and a friend finally challenged us on the whole late bedtime routine.

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Cheryl lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband and six boys. She has been on YouTube since 2010 and is focused on highlighting the fun side of parenting. She is a soon to be published author and has a passion for helping others by sharing the tips and tricks she has learned along the way.

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Mommy, What Time Is It?

It is guaranteed in our house that every day I will be asked a question. I have six boys and they are naturally curious. Because of their different ages, I will change how I answer their questions so they can better understand. That doesn’t mean I always get it right. I just try.

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Cheryl lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband and six boys. She has been on YouTube since 2010 and is focused on highlighting the fun side of parenting. She is a soon to be published author and has a passion for helping others by sharing the tips and tricks she has learned along the way.

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