3 simple Ideas to Encourage Children to Help with Chores

3 simple Ideas to Encourage Children to Help with Chores

Alternatives to Punishment, Family Communication, Help By Age & Stage
Children often enjoy doing household tasks because it gives them a sense of belonging and a feeling of capability. Yet, many families feel that chores lead to power struggles and are a hassle to deal with. The problem with chores very often has to do with how we parents approach the whole idea of chores and house hold tasks.   I often find that a simple, encouraging, non reward based approach is not only easier on us parents (no points or stickers to keep track of) it also instills in children a sense that sharing household jobs is simply a regular and expected part of family life. So here are three simple ideas for encouraging children to help out with chores: *Work Together: Instead of giving children a list of…
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Science & Art: 2 Fun Experiments For Young Children

Science & Art: 2 Fun Experiments For Young Children

Play and Learning
Science experiments can be a wonderful way for children to learn, not only about science but also about working as a team, developing patience and following directions. Science experiments are also wonderful for boosting cognitive flexibility, focus and curiosity.The following two experiments are fairly simple but full fun and learning: Science & art experiment 1 Droplets of Color = Why Do Oil and Water not mix?  Materials: vegetable oil  food coloring in small containers water pipettes or eye droppers white plates Place one to two table spoons of oil onto a plate to create an oil "canvas". Using pipettes drop food coloring onto the oil and watch as droplets form.  Drop a few drop of just water or water mixed with food coloring to observe the ways in which the water, oil…
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I Choose: A Book Review

I Choose: A Book Review

Parenting
Children feel all sorts of emotions and make so many choices in any given day. Guiding  our children and talking to them about  making choices is a really important part of parenting. Recently, I had a chance to read a really nice book called I Choose. The book was a great spring board for talking to my children about making good and not so good choices (safe vs. unsafe, how choices affect ourselves and others), feelings and emotions. The book is written by Suzin Helen Carr and sweetly illustrated by the authors son, Chandler. The text is simple but captivating with a really powerful overall message "We choose what comes out of our mouth, what stays in our head, and what lives in our heart." Choose well. All three of…
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Help! My Tot Will Not Let Me Brush Her Teeth!

Help! My Tot Will Not Let Me Brush Her Teeth!

Parenting, Toddlers 12- 36 months
Welcome to the April 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Kids and Personal Care Does your toddler like or dislike brushing teeth? This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories, tips, and struggles relating to their children's personal care choices. *** Somewhere around eighteen to twenty months, my children get into this sudden habit of clenching their mouths shut at the mere sight of a tooth brush. With my first I blamed myself, of course, as a new mama I was probably doing something wrong. With my second, I blamed teething, everything is teething’s fault:  no sleep, no appetite, slimy diapers…best answer: teething.  With my third, I finally figured it out. …
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The Language Switch

Family Communication, Parenting, Preschoolers 3-5 yrs
This post was written as a submission to the June edition of  Blogging Carnival on Bilingualism hosted by Bilingual Russian and Bilingue per Gioco. The Carnival starts on June 30th. The Switch As I walk into the playroom I find my two favorite dudes and all their Playmobil dudes hanging out in a city built with blocks and boxes.  The firefighters are to the left and the police officers to the right, some knights mixed with pirates and Vikings are gathered by a box. This box is the knights’ “Castello” I am informed – a newly learned Italian word (meaning “castle”) from playschool earlier in the day.  I am given the grand tour of this city; part of the tour is in German, the part about firefighters and Vikings. On…
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