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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Chores

Surprise, surprise, 4 kids make a lot of mess. Not that they are extraordinarily messy kids, but just in *being* there is a lot to do.

And well, as much as I'd like to pretend to have it all together and be super mom, I'm just not. Plus, all of that cleaning severely cuts into my knitting and sewing time. Not happening.

So lately, we've been working a lot with the kids on chores, especially with Anthony on crutches for the last 4 weeks, and 2 more to go, I need all of the help I can get. I thought I'd make a list of all of the things my kids can, and do help out with around the house. It might help some other moms struggling to keep up like myself, and on one of those days I feel like I've lost all of my brain cells, I can come back here and remember all of the great things my kids are capable of helping with!

I'll break them up into age categories, and obviously the older kids can do all of their jobs, plus the younger sibling jobs as well.















Maddie (3 months)
  • Nap
  • Eat
  • Smile
  • Roll over
  • "Talk"
*yes these are important jobs too! They give us some free time to get stuff done, or entertain us while finishing our chores. Who doesn't want to do the dishes with a chatty baby strapped to their back?

Elise (2.5, these jobs are pretty appropriate from 18 months-3, some younger kids might not be able to do all of them, but could help, and work towards doing them alone. Elise can do all of these at 2.5)
  • Pick up toys
  • Put dirty laundry in laundry basket
  • Put away folded clean laundry in correct drawers
  • Put books on the bookshelf
  • Put shoes on the shoe shelf
  • Wash windows
  • Sort clean laundry
  • Clear dishes from table
  • Put away plastic/kids dishes (we keep these on a lower shelf all of the kids can reach)
  • Put away groceries

Nathan and Noah (4-6)
  • Make beds
  • Sweep
  • Vacuum
  • Put clean clothes on hangers
  • Fold towels
  • Match socks
  • Wash baseboards
  • Wash walls (at leas the lower half)
  • Wipe table
  • Put away silverware
  • Spot clean kitchen floor


The boys LOVE hanging up clothes
I know it sounds like a lot, but really, if done promptly and not stalling and playing when they should be getting chores done, none of this really takes more than 15 minutes a day. And most things are not done every single day.

We also try to make chores fun, we have races to see who can finish first and the first person done has their book read first at bedtime. We try to beat a timer, or a recent favorite is cleaning dance parties. We put on some music and try and see if we can finish whatever job we are doing in 1-2 songs (depending on what it is), we take random dance breaks in the middle and it keeps everyone moving instead of getting distracted. It seems to be working well since early this week I turned on some dance music and Elise started cleaning up without me even saying anything!

Our house still isn't perfect, but it's taken a lot of the pressure off of me to teach the kids that we are all responsible for our belongings and taking care of our home!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Glasses

Or as Elise says "flasses"

As I'm sure 99.9% of the people reading this saw on facebook, Elise got glasses!


She LOVES them.

It took about 2.5 weeks from the time we found out she would need them until they came in, so I started researching. I read a lot about tricks to keeping glasses on kids, how to take breaks from wearing glasses because of eye strain, how you should maybe take them off in the car at first so kids wouldn't throw and break them, how they would probably need to be replaced or fixed over and over again from breaking.

And in the end, I didn't need any of that information. We put them on on August 27th, and she hasn't taken them off (except for sleeping and bath time) since!

It's crazy how quickly she adjusted to wearing them, and how much she loves them. We didn't even know she had a vision issue until her eye started turning in, but I am shocked looking through her lenses that she could even see at all before them.


It's fun each day when she puts them on and just laughs because she is so excited with what she sees, it's like she forgets when she wakes up that she has them, and just goes about her business like nothing is wrong. Then I put her glasses on and she giggles with excitement and tells me she can see my leg, or my foot or that baby doll sitting on the floor, her smile gets huge as everything comes into focus.

I've heard a lot of parents talk about how sad they are that their young child has to wear glasses, and sure, it would be nice if she had perfect vision and we just didn't need to worry about it, but for me so far, I just have so much joy watching her explore the world with them on, looking closely at all of the things she has just never noticed before, I can hardly imagine her without them already. And it's only been 2 weeks.

I'm sure we'll have struggles in the future, maybe with patching, or deciding she doesn't like them, or want to wear them at some point. But for now, we're all loving her new look.
 




Nathan 6

1. What is your favorite color? Well I have 3 favorite colors, orange, red and yellow, sun colors.
2. What is your favorite toy? My favorite thing to play with is my legos
3. What is your favorite fruit? All of them
4. What is your favorite tv show? All of the Lego ones
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Macaroni and cheese or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and cheese sticks
6. What is your favorite outfit? My Lego shirt
7. What is your favorite game? All of my Lego games
8. What is your favorite snack? Pirate Booty
9. What is your favorite animal? Giraffe, because they're so big
10. What is your favorite song? My "santa song" (one that he made up)
11. What is your favorite book? My 2 Lego books
12. Who is your best friend? Noah and Elise
13. What is your favorite cereal? That Rainbow kind that I see on TV sometimes
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Making forts with chairs and the wagon
15. What is your favorite drink? Lemonade
16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas because then we get all the presents
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? My chipmunk and my elephant and my bear and my frog and my other bear that Nana made me
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Oatmeal and cereal
19. What is your favorite thing to eat for dinner? French fries and chicken nuggets and hot dogs
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? An Engineer like Dad