Chores For Kids – From A Mom of Six

Doing chores

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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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…..

 

 

Cheryl

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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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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Make A Toddler Smile

Today, I did an experiment with my boys. I had a theory that if a child is crying every 5 minutes for no reason what-so-ever, then they must be tired and in need of a nap. If said child has a nap, it can only be concluded that a well rested child will smile upon waking.

Sound like a good theory?

I thought so too.

Dayn found every little situation unbearable today and made sure that we all knew how miserable his morning had been. His feelings of negativity spread to his twin brother Lyan and soon they were both crying in unison. Why? They couldn’t tell me. It’s not because their language is still limited but rather, it was because they too had no idea what was triggering their states of unhappiness. And so, as Mommy, I came to the rescue and saved them from their misery.

They weren’t happy with my idea of putting them down for a nap. In fact, I think they would have preferred to continue on crying to each other about their sorrows than have a rest, but Mommy won. They were both tucked into bed, given a stuffy to cuddle and told to have a nice little nap.

How much rest they actually got is up for debate, but they at least got some quite time with a possible 10 minute nap mixed in. One thing I do know is, my theory was correct.

They are now smiling.

Cheryl

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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Dandelions: The Gift of Love

The weather has warmed up here (at least it is trying to), and the dandelions are starting to blossom on our front lawn. The bright yellow flowers stick out against the somewhat green grass and my boys are instantly drawn to them. Read more

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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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