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Spend A Little Time Daily At Their Level

Now the older girls are back at school, the younger girls are getting more Mommy time! My kids and I are far from perfect but they honestly do pretty well and they are really good kids. It is not that I am some amazing Mother or just lucked out with even tempered kids but that I have committed to spend time with them and prioritize them each day. Like I said I am not perfect at it and I want to do better. But I can honestly say when I commit to spend time with them, really be present with them and do the activity they want to do, even when it is small for at least 15-20 min a day, they reciprocate and help me out more by listening to me better throughout the day.

It makes a huge difference when I have put in the time to build our relationship. Sometimes it’s not enjoyable at all, I get that. I have been there. But it works. Spend time with them. BE PRESENT at their level. I want to be better at this and commit to do more. Reading is the best and most convenient although it takes a little bit of effort to get them to focus in the beginning  but by bringing it to their level, reading what they like and making it really exciting with your voice inflection, it will make a big difference in their behavior. 🙂 Look at those cute happy faces.

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Personalizing Checklists

I thought I had tried everything, encouraging kids, nagging, bribery to get my kids to help out… but I think I have now finally found the key!!!!!

Personal Checklists!!!!  In order to make their responsiblites feel more personalized and give them ownership, I needed to somehow hand them off to them. Let them take more responsibility.  Right? So I went to the dollar store and purchased frames, sequence ribbon, fancy stickers, and alphabet beads to let them decorate and label with their name on each their own framed checklist chart.

Each kid has the same checklist.  With Dresden, the three year old, I don’t expect as much from her but she still has the same checklist and eventually I will hold her accountable at the same level. The main difference now is instead of practicing the piano she gets a check for using the potty each day and not having any accidents since this a fairly newly learned skill.

The “extra” chore on the checklist means some extra chore I asked them to do within the course of the day like “pick up the living room” or “sweep the kitchen floor”. They are not perfectly great at it but as long as I see they are giving an effort it counts.

Once they decorated their frames, I put their checklist inside and glued on four magnets so that it can hang up easily accessible to their height on the fridge. They will then use dry erase markers to check off their checks each day right on the glass of the frame.  It easily comes off with a paper towel and works just like a dry erase board. At the end of the week they will tally up their points and put their grand total in the upper right hand corner and then erase the checks to start over.

Point 2 that is making this successful is that now Grandma is on board to help. Bless her! She loves for the kids to Face time her. Now during her conversations with them she will ask them how they are doing with their checks. Not only do they not want to disappoint their Grandma but she offered to give them a cash reward each week for a certain number of checks like an allowance.

Suddenly the girls were a quite a bit more enthusiastic about these checks. They were asking what they could do to help and the whining was subdued immensely! I will have to report back but this is looking good. I am excited to see how things will pan out these next couple of weeks before school starts.

It is not only teaching them responsibility and self reliance that they will need in adulthood but the importance of consistent diligence. We all need this. Speaking of which,  I need to fine tune my own checklist. 🙂 Whoohoo, I am excited to see how things pan out! DSC_4317 DSC_4318 DSC_4320


Learning Geography with our Homemade Map Tablecloth!

We’ve been using this tablecloth a lot lately and we’ve had a lot of fun with it. These girls are characters!

Update: We love doing World Wide Wednesday Dinners!

We are trying this slowly but surely and are finding it is really wonderful for our family. Things that are making it successful for our family are:

  1. Keeping the actual meal pretty simple, nothing too extravagant unless I really feel like it. Last night we had Curry Chicken, something that I was going to make anyways. (Whatever you are making find out where it originates from if you don’t already know and have that country be what you talk about.)
  2. We explained to the kids where it originated from… Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh and had them find these countries on the map.
  3.  We watched a little 1 1/2 min video on youtube of people eating curry in India and then one more 2 min video to show what it is like walking the streets of Delhi, India.  It was great!
  4. This spurred conversation and questions. For instance we noticed typically this dish is eaten without forks or knives! Also, the kids wanted to know about the street vendors and the carriage bikes.
  5. Also, I haven’t done this yet but I want to go online and buy a Children’s World Atlas so we can look up the country while we are eating and read a few facts about the country each time. I want to just get one used so if it ends up getting a little food on it, it is okay. 😉

Also, If you repeat a country, no prob.  Just see who can remember what you learned about this country last time and build on that to learn more.

Keep in mind, it doesn’t have to be anything extravagant at all. If you make it too extravagant you are probably missing the point that it is mainly about just having fun learning and communicating with your family.  Make it simple and fun enough that its something you look forward to and enjoy. We are loving it!

Ending result was it was inspiring and enjoyable.  Once again opening our eyes to the expansive world beyond what we think is the norm. There are so many different amazing cultures, places, and people we can learn and be enriched from! We are excited to continue this!

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Easy Peel-n-Stick Chalkboard Wall

Renters and Non-renters check this out! For only $25 I covered my entire dining room wall in this easy peel-and-stick vinyl.  It comes off so easily when we eventually move or if we ever get tired of it, is not a big deal to take down. It also didn’t take very long to put up! The kids LOVE it and additionally, it looks so cute and modern!

I found it at a Walmart Super center for $4.97 a roll.  It cover 12 feet so I got 5 for a grand total of $25.

Duck Brand Adhesive Peel and Stick Laminate, 20" x 12', Chalkboard

My kids even helped put it up! When I asked my older daughter what was her favorite, most memorable thing about this past week with all we’ve done for New Years and meeting up with friends, she said making the chalkboard wall. It has been really special and fun for all of them.


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Contact Paper Butterfly Craft!

These were so cute and easy! You can hang them from your ceiling over a crib, place them in a window, or hang them in a child’s room with a piece of thread and pushpin from the ceiling. The best part was that the kids themselves can make them.
All you need is a the outline of a butterfly cut out on some construction paper. In this case, we used black. Then you place the butterfly outline on a roughly 8×11 section of contact paper after having pulled back the backside. Next, you place little squares of colored tissue paper inside of the butter fly wings. You don’t need glue or any thing because you are sticking them right on the sticky contact paper. When you have covered the inside of the wings place a top sheet of contact paper with the backing removed to close it off. Lastly, cut around the butter fly and hang it from your child’s ceiling for decor!DSC_9221


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