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Kids on Wednesday: helping out around the yard

Hi friends,

Summertime and the chore list for your kids can get outside!

Here are a list of things that your kids can do to help you outside these days – make it fun by having an outside job jar or bingo sheet to cross off.

– Clean up dog poop

– Water the garden/trees

– Sweep off the porches/decks

– Pull weeds

– Hose off the house/decks/porches

– Clean up the shed/garage

– Cut the grass

Have fun with it!
Amy

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Kids on Wednesday: Double chores for double money summer

Hi friends,

It’s summertime for real, and in this house, that means double chores for double money.

DOUBLE CHORES FOR DOUBLE MONEY – SUMMER 2015

For allowance on a regular month, the boys have regular chores and they are paid their usual amount.  For example, Max is 11, and his regular chores are: cleaning the bathroom once a week, cleaning the yard of dog poop once a week, swiffering the floor once a week, doing his laundry once a week, feeding the dog in the morning every day and letting him outside, and setting the dinner table daily.  Then, I pay him his age ($11) bi-weekly.

In the summer, I offer them a chance to earn double chores for double money.  So, then, Max has to agree to do the additional chores on the pic attached plus his regular chores, in exchange for being paid each week.  The catch is that he has to choose a goal to save for in advance and that the money he earns each week has to be saved until the end of the summer, when he can buy his goal item(s).

It’s a fun project, this is our fourth summer of double chores, and this year Max is saving for roller blades and Nick for a scooter.  The added lesson to this is that the boys really cherish and care for the items that they work so hard to save for.

Amy

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Kids on Wednesday: Sleepover plan

Hi friends,

One of the best parts of summer is the freedom to let your kids have a sleepover.

Discuss with them who they would like to invite for a sleepover, and plan a date.  Whether it’s with a friend, cousin, grandparent, your child will love to make a plan.

It will be so fun and planning in advance will take the last minute pressure off of you!
Amy

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Kids on Wednesday: Summer bedtime

Hi friends,

It’s pretty much summertime and we all love it.

It’s time to review your child’s bedtime for the longer and  lighter days.  Putting them  to bed another 15-30 minutes later than usual will probably help your routine run much more smoothly.

For older kids, discuss a revised summer bedtime with them and come up with an agreement on what you would like to do.

Amy

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Kids on Wednesday: Celebrate end of school year accomplishments

Hi friends,

Whew, fellow parents, we’ve almost made it to the end of another school year, thank goodness.

The school year is a long period of time, especially for our kids, sometimes things that happened in October can seem like a million years ago to them.

Take a minute this week or next to make a list of their school accomplishments this year and to tell them how proud you are of them.  It can be anything from improving their reading, to do doing well on exams, learning better penmanship, getting on the honour roll, achievement awards, all kinds of things.

Then, reward them with a fun day out, or a surprise gift.  It doesn’t have to be a lot of money to give them a really nice celebration.

Have fun with it!
Amy

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Kids on Wednesday: Helping your kids prepare for exams

Hi friends,

It’s almost that time of year for end of school year tests and exams, which can really stress kids out if they don’t have a plan.

Here are some strategies that have been helpful for my kids to help them be ready for their exams:

– Pop quiz your child from their study notes or textbook

– Have your child write up study note bullet points on index cards

– Have your child do mini research projects (10-15 minutes online) for more background to understand their exam subject

– Print practice tests from an appropriate website to try out at home

– Teach your child how to deep breathe, breathe in for a 4 count and out for a 4 count with their hand over their belly, and feel their belly moving in and out while breathing, to help manage stress while the test is in session

– Prepare the night before to make sure your child has every tool they need to do well; pencils, textbook, paper, etc.

Good luck!
Amy

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Kids on Wednesday: Battling the greedy gimmes

Hi friends,

Raising children presents us with a multitude of challenges, and each of them will come back to visit from time to time, just when we think they’re beat.  Time for a reinforcement lesson.  I’ve blogged before about teaching your child an attitude of gratitude, and that thankfulness will teach them to appreciate what they have.

Lately, even with that thankfulness and appreciation, Max has gotten the gimmes.  He has repeatedly asked for many things, some very expensive, and many times, to the point that it seems like all he talks about is what he wants.

At first, we just brushed it off and ignored it, agreeing to a few reasonable requests, but that didn’t stop it from escalating.  So, then we started saying no to everything, explaining to Max that since he was asking for everything without considering the consequences, we wouldn’t consider his requests.  After the greediness continued to slow, now we are talking to him about gratitude again.  Since he’s 11, he is old enough to analyze.  I’ve asked him to look through his room to really see all of his belongings, and I’ve also offered to take away some items that he cherishes to teach him more appreciation for them.  So far, I haven’t needed to, but it is clearly and calmly on the table for future use if necessary.

A calm conversation goes a long way, and if you have any ideas to add, I would love to hear them.

Amy

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