Am I the only one to be bored with the whole process of going grocery shopping, grabbing bags of groceries from my car to the kitchen counter, then to the the right cupboard in the pantry, preparing food, cooking dinner, serving the whole family and while eating dinner doing a mental list with 3 eligible recipes for tomorrow? Let’s talk about meal planning, guys!
As I write this it is a bright and sunny day here in Dublin and I feel sooooo energized by this beautiful Spring Season. But now that my kids spend more time outdoors, the toys everywhere is their room and in my living room can not escape my attention anymore.
So with that in mind, I started browsing Pinterest and I was drawn to smart and unexpected ideas to organize toys and games. Take a look with me!
This post is a summary of a Parents’ Talk about Kids’ Chore System I had the pleasure to give a couple of weeks ago at my kids’ school here in Dublin. If you’d like to watch the presentation, it’s over here. (14 min.)
Do you know that one woman created a list of 149 real-life skills we should teach our kids from age 2 to age 18? From “help empty dishwasher” at age 4 (“Yeah, my kids do this one!!”) to “Check and fill all car fluids” at age 16 (“OMG I didn’t think about that one!”) my enthusiasm began to melt away as the list went on and on… until I reached the end of the list and was completely overwhelmed.
I don’t know for you, but without getting this far, I think the author has a point. Beside developing real life skills – yes, “putting dirty socks in the hamper” IS a real-life skill if you ask me 😉 – I can think of a least 5 good reasons our kids should contribute more at home: Read more
When talking with my neighbors, meeting with parents at my kids’ school, sharing a good laugh with my mom-friends and listening to my clients … at some point, the conversation lands on the desire to better manage our time as parents and loosen a little bit the pressure we feel on our shoulders. Time management for parents. There’s a lot about that all around the web and if you ever googled ‘time management for parents” you may have lost your way in 42 “easy tips” to help you save some time.
Better than an overwhelming list of tips, I’d love to share the 3 top time-management tools every parent needs.