DIY Projects and Chores Kids Can Do Themselves

We’re wrapping up summer and getting ready to head back to school around here – how about you? There’s a few more days for free time and fun, and then we’ll get down to business and keep most of the “play” to the weekends. Even though kids will get busier when school begins again, they still need to stay active around the house with things like chores and special projects. After all, they need to know that they bring something to the table and are a contributing member of the household as well, right?

So when retired DIY expert David Glenn contacted me with the idea for this post on projects and chores that the kiddos can do on their own, well, I thought it was fantastic! See how it speaks to YOUR kids!

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Young children are often eager to help their parents with various projects and chores, but many parents are hesitant out of fear of their children getting in the way. However, children as young as three years old can do basic chores and projects, learning responsibility and independence at a young age.

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7 Fun Ideas to Keep Your Day Entertaining…at Home!

Although right now we’re in the throes of Spring (my allergies can totally attest to that) Summer will soon be upon us! I just wrote an article for the magazine I contribute to on How to Organize Your Summer Vacation, and then it dawned on me: maybe not everyone GOES on summer vacation. I mean, growing up, we always did. I guess I got used to that. But some folks would rather be at home, which is a great way to spend the summer, too! As long as you’re not hearing the words, “I’m bored!” within the first day of Summer vacation. Ugh. 

So when Katleen Brown contacted me about a post full of ways to keep a day at home entertaining, I figured it was the perfect follow-up! She’s got some fantastic ideas here! Check them out!

Sometimes, staying at home can cause boredom, especially if one is not creative enough to figure out what can make a day spent indoors FUN. For those with children, it can be unfortunate if one has no ideas on how they can make the stay at home enjoyable. 

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It is essential to learn about ways to keep the children, and yourself relaxed and entertained as you spend time indoors.

Make Finger Puppets

This is one way of letting the children have fun as they exercise their creativity.  They can remain busy for several hours, and therefore, you will not have to listen to them complaining of boredom or wanting to go out.  They do not need a lot of things for this activity. They only require having papers and paint boxes as well as some glue.  You can help them make monsters or even animals. Using these tools, you can help them to make stories. If you have one child, you can help him or her through the whole process and provide moral support. However, you can invite other kids to your house and have them work with your child. If you have two more kids in the house, you can assist them for a while and then leave them to have fun and exercise creativity on their own.

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5 Must-See Places to Take Your Kids Before They Grow Up

We’re getting ready to go on a little vacation. Just a few days in peace down in Longboat Key, Florida, which is one of my favorite places in the world. We thought we’d take the chance to get away and celebrate our anniversary and have some time for just us before the babies arrive! 

We’ve actually been talking a lot about traveling here recently, because it’s something we love to do together, and how we hope the kids will love it, too! So when Carol from Click Intelligence sent me an article regarding a variety of places to take your kids traveling to, I was interested to see what was recommended. Check it out!

Kids grow up fast; everybody knows that, especially parents. So it’s important to take some to take your kids to see some amazing and unforgettable places whenever you can. These experiences will create memories that will last a lifetime, and they’ll help your children grow into well-rounded individuals who have a true appreciation for adventure, travel, spending time with family, and culture.

With so many great places to choose from, it can be difficult to narrow down your options when you’re trying to figure out the perfect destination for your kids to see with you before they grow up. To help with this decision, check out the five must-see places below.

Las Vegas

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Believe it or not, Las Vegas, Nevada is more than just a destination for adults. In fact, it’s a great destination for a family vacation, and your kids can experience a variety of fun activities both indoors and in the great outdoors. Plus, they’ll get to experience this thriving city, filled with culture and entertainment, from a fresh perspective, without being focused on the casinos that adults focus on.

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The 4 Best Chat Apps For Families

Over the Easter weekend, we had out-of-the-country guests with us in our home for six days. They weren’t family, and they were each far away from their own families, too – which means we all spent some time chatting off and on about how they keep up with their families while they’re traveling! (Especially since we’ve entered an age where it makes sense for even our kids have smartphones.) Luckily, this technology has the capability to bring families closer together and keep you informed about your family’s safety and well-being. And I discovered that there are a number of apps that will help you keep track of all your family members through group communication platforms. Here are four of the best chat services for families that will enhance your group communication:

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Slack

Slack is a messaging app that keeps all your group communication in one place. The app is frequently used in workplaces, though is also an ideal program for family communication. The app can streamline communication between you and your loved ones, which reduces the likelihood of crossed wires or misunderstanding. The app will facilitate real-time messaging and file sharing for one-on-one and group conversations.

For example, if your child is part of a soccer team that has varying practice times and locations, you can make sure everyone is updated on the activity specifics. You can share the weekly soccer schedule with your child and partner, so you can set up a carpool or decided who will drive. The app can help store important documents — like school and medical forms — and can easily integrate with Dropbox, Asana, Google Drive, Twitter and Zendesk. It keeps everything in one place, so you and your family can stay organized and reduce the stress that comes with hectic, family life. Although some say Slack is due for some backlash, that’s in the business world — families will love it.

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Creating a Child-Friendly Floor Space

Well, I’ve talked a lot about floors here on the blog. I guess it’s because I love all things home, and floors are a HUGE part of the home! But something I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned before here in my posts is that I used to work for a daycare.

Well…kinda.

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I worked for a daycare for 2 weeks over Christmas break when I was home for college. One of the teachers wanted a nice long Christmas break, and I needed the work, so I did what I had to do! Can I just say that I have TONS of respect for those who work with littles on a daily basis! It was a great learning experience, that’s for sure!

But a space like a daycare should be full of things for kids, right? Right! And to this day, I will never forget that old ugly rug that was in my classroom. It was dull. It was grody. It looked like it belonged in an adult daycare instead of a child’s daycare. I hated that thing from the first day I went inside, and I was glad I never had to see it again when I was done with the job!

So when Georgia from The Rug Seller contacted me about an infographic of child-friendly floor spaces, I was shocked at the memories it brought back! And once I looked at the image, I knew that these suggestions were exactly what kiddos need! Check it out…

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