big-kid responsibilities

How To Get Kids to Help Around the House: 21 Hacks

Does your child help around the house? No matter what their age, there are things you can do to raise willing and capable helpers, as these 21 hacks demonstrate.

Does your child help around the house? No matter what their age, if a kid can walk, they can help. (And even infants can “practice” things as a game.) Unless you have a maid or a cleaning service, getting help around the house from family members is essential. However, it’s also easier said than done, …

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Is My Child Ready For Sleepaway Camp?

Is my child ready for sleepaway camp? If you're asking yourself this question, this must-have checklist will help you figure out the answer.

How To Tell If Your Kid Will Do Well At Sleepaway Camp: March is here. (!) Which means that if you’ve got kids of a certain age, it’s time to start figuring out what they’ll do all summer. This may well include summer camp. Which means you may be wondering, as I was last year at …

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Three Finance Lessons All Children Should Learn

Have you taught your kids about managing money yet? The sooner you start teaching them finance lessons, the better! These three topics will get you started.

I’m thrilled to share this guest post today from fellow blogger Sarah Brumley! Sarah is one of my blogging sisters – I swear, half of what she writes makes me think, “I can hear myself saying that to my kids!” (The other half, I wish I had already thought of saying to my kids!) While …

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How I Got My Kids To Help With Cleaning

Do your kids help with cleaning? Or is getting them to pitch in a constant chore? My new secret weapon has finally got my kids happy to help with weekly housecleaning!

Do your school-age kids help with cleaning at home? Or is this a constant battle in your house, as it was in ours until recently? I don’t like all the regular upkeep that goes with maintaining a house with a family. And my husband does his fair share, including lots of jobs he knows I …

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Clothespin Chore Chart: How-To’s, Inspiration, and Tips for Success

Do your kids need a morning-routine reboot? Or help remembering after-school chores? This clothespin chore chart tutorial has tips and examples to help them create their own!

Are your kids starting to get squirrely for the end of the school year and the start of summer break? Do you find their school-year routines and ability to self-regulate breaking down? Those skills have long since flown the coop around here, so we tried something new this morning: a brand-new set of clothespin chore …

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How To Teach Your Kids Gratitude

Kids not quite as grateful as you'd hoped? With these tips on how to teach your kids gratitude, your kids can become more grateful too!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating in the United States (as well as expats overseas) today! In honor of this national day of giving thanks, I’m thrilled to share a guest post written by a blogging friend of mine, Michele Tripple. If ever there were a Supermom, this amazing mama is definitely one in my eyes! …

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When Should You Teach Your Kid To Budget?

When’s the right time to teach your kid to budget? I vaguely recall my parents mentioning budgeting before college, which is when I became responsible for handing over a check each month at the bursar’s office. Nothing drives home the importance of budgeting like making sure your earnings will cover next month’s tuition payment. We’ve all heard of – and …

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Kimmie’s New Year Resolutions and Goals

Kimmie made a Happy New Year card for her homeroom teacher, Mr. Hellag.

Happy New Year! I’m in the middle of several weeks of enjoying holiday and vacation time with my family. Hence, in lieu of a longer post, I thought I’d share seven-year-old Kimmie’s resolutions and goals for the new year. Kimmie’s New Year Resolutions Kimmie actually volunteered some personal new year resolutions to my mother a …

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Responsible Kids On the Road: My Top Tips for Travel

Do you have responsible kids on the road? Maybe you’re thinking, Hah, I can’t even get my kids to be responsible for their own stuff at home, let alone when we’re traveling. (I hear ya; it’s an ongoing struggle.) But take heart. Being away from home is a great time to mold responsible kids. You’re …

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Teach Your Kids Responsibility: Ten Super Hacks

Do you always feel overburdened? As if you’ve got too much on your plate, because responsibility for the entire world somehow landed on your shoulders? Would you like to free up a few brain cells for something else? If so, then it’s high time you turn over some of that responsibility to your kiddos. Experts …

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On (Not) Being Responsible for Everything

If you’re a mama who’s continued to hold down a high-powered position post-parenthood, without dropping balls on the job or at home too often, my hat is off to you. Parenthood has a way of thrusting a whole new level of being responsible onto unsuspecting grownups (holy cow, did they just let us walk out …

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Why Mama’s Crazy Rules Matter

Kimmie starts kindergarten this week. She can’t wait. She is soooo ready. Her first day of preschool, she marched right into the building without a backward glance. Kindergarten will be the same way. That is, as long as she survives the bus ride. Don’t get me wrong; she can’t wait to ride the school bus, …

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When Your Preschooler Won’t Cooperate: Big Kid + Big Privileges = Big Responsibilities

Awhile back, before I published my post about letting Kimmie watch movies, I sent a draft of it to my friend Liz, who blogs over at Everyday Ecologist. In a subsequent phone conference, as we chatted about the slippery slope of kids and screen time, Liz said something to the effect of, “I can’t wait …

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