My boys are each incredible in their own way, but each also has a tendency to be very lazy. I confess, I’ve inadvertently encouraged this behaviour by doing everything myself. The truth is that I’m literally too sick and tired to keep going this way. My Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis causes all my internal systems to operate at a very sluggish level. To counter this, I use caffeine during the day and melamine at night – not a healthy way to force my body to do what needs to be done. So I came up with this:
It’s a list of chores I want the boys to do today, with points and the max time it should take to complete each task. Once they’ve finished a task, they sign it as K1,2 or 3. Then I check the job and score them on quality and completion. If they work together on a task they each get that allotted points. I’m hoping they figure out that this will go faster if they work together. There will be a first, second and third prize – a prize or each of my boys. We’ll see how this goes…😉
As a private home daycare worker, I normally work all but Stat Hollidays, whether I’m sick or not, but today was different. I’ve got a head cold that just keeps getting worse – so bad in fact that I’m taking Buckley’s cough syrup to combat it. I actually wasn’t looking forward to daycare today, but last night both moms told me that their little ones wouldn’t be coming today. What are the odds?!
So I’ve taken today off as a sick day, which moms tend to be denied. I spent the morning curled up on the couch in my house coat, while Kianna played quietly on the floor, or nuzzled in with me and watched Paw Patrol.
I intend to get the minimum amount of my tasks done, but for the most part I just need to rest 😊
Childcare has been a part of my life for years – I thoroughly enjoy it, and am honoured to be able to bless other parents with my service. The first little boy I did childcare for actually has his own baby now, which makes me feel so old, but also very nostalgic.
The hardest part of my job is actually when the little ones start school, and no longer need me. Next to that, the most challenging task would probably be potty training. Recently, my full timer’s mom switched from disposable diapers to cloth. Rinsing out the diapers with 2 toddlers and a preschooler under foot can sometimes prove to be quite interesting, so before her ir st birthday I put little Miss H on my daughter’s potty schedule – mainly to be able to keep an eye on her, but I quickly realized that it was also cutting back on the amount of diapers I was needing to wash. BONUS!!! Today set my alarm so that they go for potty breaks every hour around their nap. My goal is to have my daughter potty trained before she turns 2 in exactly three weeks, and since Miss H’s mom is keeping her on the same schedule at home, she may be trained soon to Our! The race is on! 😀
Is anyone else starting Spring Break this way? Must caffeinate before attempting to tackle Mount Laundry!
Too many parents dread Spring Break, because we as a western society have been lulled into this “me first” way of thinking, which sadly means we no longer prioritize our own children above ourselves, and that sucks! I’m not anywhere near being a perfect parent, but I wake up each morning and try again.
Today we have a full day planned, and I’m really excited about it! First we’re going to clean the little boys’ room, and then we’re going to decorate it with a superhero theme!
I love doing special things to make my kids feel important and treasured. It doesn’t take a whole lots of money to bring my kids joy, but they can sure tell when I put effort in and when I don’t. More than anything, it’s my attention they crave, so when they can be involved in projects like this with me, it brings us so much closer.
For so long my 6 year old has started every school day in neutral, and I have to push him so hard to get each task done in order to get to the bus on time. I recently put him on a strict alarm system, which seems to be exactly what he needs. I set an alarm to begin each of his morning tasks, and since he can read, he knows exactly what to do when the alarm goes. There’s no pushing required 😊
– Lovin’ life! 😀
This morning, I announced to the kids that we will be leaving for Walt Disney World in exactly one year! As expected, they were so excited, especially our 3-year old 😀
My plan was to make some 2-ingredient Mickey cupcakes, but after realizing we have no pop in the house, I whipped out my plan B, and made some quick and easy Mickey Oreos 😀. Even my 12-year old thought they were pretty neat 😊. My little guy asked if we could have a Mickey Mouse party everyday until the trip. I shot that idea down pretty quick 😊. I comprehend by suggesting a monthly party, to which he agreed 😀
I have so many sewing projects on my to-do list, but I don’t actually own a sewing machine – silliness, I know😀. I’m currently borrowing my friend’s machine, but am in the process of getting my own, which will be so wonderful! Kailer is also very creative, so part of our curriculum this year will be sewing. I’ve already found a great go-video (http://youtu.be/D1cKW8dz2Yo ) for him. It’s gonna be a ton of fun!😀
This is my first to-do list:
- Onesie dress
- Square Circle Skirt
- Infinity Scarf Bib
- Ruffle Butt Diaper Cover
- Leggings Skirt
- Tot Tie
- Tutu-Style Skirt
- Baby Leggings
- Kiddo Toque
- Adding Length
I’m so eager to get started😀. And looking forward to posting pics of my adventures!
If you have low vision like I do, this site may be helpful: http://www.magnifyingaids.com/Sewing