By: Martianne Stanger As I write this, I am sitting on the couch sick. I can get up and do some things, but, each time I do, I am beset with a coughing fit. So, I am pacing myself. Meanwhile, my household is still humming. The laundry machine and dryer are turning. The dishwasher is … More Not for a Bygone Era: Saturday Morning Chores
By: Cheryl Maguire My 14-year-old daughter doesn’t put her clean clothes away. But I get it. The task requires a great deal of energy. You need a lot of muscle strength to press that pause button on Netflix. And then don’t get me started with how challenging it is to roll herself off the couch. … More Where In The Room Is My Daughter Hiding Her Laundered Clothes?
By: Sandy Churchill When you hear the term “elf shop,” do you conjure images of jingle-bell-adorned, pointy-shoe-clad wee folk who work alongside Santa? True enough—but we have another meaning at our house, a worthy companion to spring cleaning. We certainly cannot be the only family out there with a list of “to-do”s, “fix-its,” and myriad … More “Elf Workshop” Helps Year-Round
By: Cheryl Maguire In an attempt to break the deafening teen silence during breakfast, I began a conversation. “So I saw a meme . . .” Laughter erupted from my twin teens. “It’s pronounced MEEEM, not MEH-MM. You sound like Elle’s mom who said MeeMee,” my teen daughter corrected me. Just for the record—I’m not … More Mom Inspired YouTube Challenges
By: Lauren Tankle In my house, everyone has to pitch in. I have a six-year-old that likes to do certain chores around the house. I’m soaking this in while I can, because I know these days are numbered. I usually try to pick up a little bit right when I get home because I know if … More Paying Your Kids to Do Chores
By: Kathy I make my kids take out the trash….. I was with a group of moms the other day and they were talking about how they have to get the house clean, make the lunches and laundry. I stopped them for a minute and explained in our house my children are 5 and 6 and … More Childhood Responsibilities