He who pursues righteousness and loyalty Finds life, righteousness and honor.

(Proverbs 21:21 NASB)

Simplifying Laundry for Children — Chores

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A guest post about helping children learn laundry chores.

While browsing around for the right prepaid phone plans and finishing two loads of laundry, it occurred to me how extremely challenging it’s been lately to get six kids, a husband, and my own laundry done. It’s always a horrible week when weekends turn into laundry marathon days. So I decided do some diligent research on ways to make laundry less of a struggle.

My goal was to also find ways to get the kids involved without them fighting or arguing. laundry-basket-md

So after consulting various parenting sites, it became pretty clear that it’s so important to identify appropriate tasks for children to do based on their social development and age. It is also just as important to make clean clothing available to them at eye level. This way those children that can put on their own clothes do not struggle reaching various clothes.

I have since compiled seven great tips for simplifying laundry and organizing clothing for parents with multiple kids:

1. Have the oldest children separate mother and father’s clothing into dark and lights. A third pile should contain all socks (I’ll explain the sock thing later). This way either parent does not have to worry about spending unnecessary time separating their clothing; therefore, they can get the laundry done much faster.

2. For those children old enough to, have them separate their own laundry into lights, dark, and socks. It’s easy to mark bins with the terms lights, dark, and socks. Each child could have a different color container so that clothing does not get misidentified.

3. When folding clothing for the children, roll the clothing instead of folding the clothing into neat folds. The rolling technique is something even a toddler can accomplish easily. And when mommy has to get involved, rolling takes up less time than folding. Also, folding allows the clothing to become more visible for children to pick-out daily.

4. When storing rolled clothing into drawers, choose drawers at the eye-level of each child.

5. When selling old clothing to resale shops, consider using the money to restock laundry supplies. This helps take the financial stress of constantly purchasing detergent, softener, bleach, etc, all of the time (out of pocket).

6. On Sunday’s when doing the adult laundry, have the children take part in reorganizing and stocking the laundry supply closet, if they are old enough.

7. Outgrown clothing should be stored in containers divided by gender and size to hand over to other children in the house. Allow the children to choose clothing they like.

This takes us to the sock thing and the days to complete all the laundry. If you begin to separate all the socks from the rest of the laundry, the socks can all be completed in one or two loads. What could work the best are completing all the children clothing on Monday through Friday, mommies and daddy’s clothing on Saturday, and leave Sunday for the socks. By selecting one style of socks for each child such as crew, bobby, or balled ones, each child should be able to recognize their socks.

The most important thing to remember is to include your children in the laundry and organizing as appropriate to their age and social development. Make it fun for the children to get involved and you can save so much time and even a little money.

This is a guest post by Susan Daniels.

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My Crazy Family & How to Keep from Killing My MIL

Honestly, by the grace of God is the only real explanation I can put to it. I would sadly have to add my own mother to the list. I have a very difficult time understanding the way these people think. What motivates people to attempt to destroy others. Or for that matter, to be indifferent to others? Have you ever wondered why someone would intentionally hurt or injure another person? I have always held the idea of "Do Unto Others as You Would have Them Do to You".

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Entitlement or Privileged?

This kid is amazing! If he had a job he could have fixed up the truck or put his money with his parents, if that was agreeable to the parents, to purchase something more to his liking.

I find the "entitlement" that these kids think they have to be disgusting.

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10 Things That I Know for Fact are the Truth

It's not too late to teach something or to learn something. Giving up is the only thing that stands in the way of trying. 

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Planning a Baby Shower? You’ve Got to See This!

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I LOVE Babies!

They are so innocent, cuddly little bundles of joy. Being a mom is my greatest accomplishment. Some day I hope to be the grandma I wanted my kids to have. One of the best things will be planning the baby showers for those grandbabies. I've always been a sentimental type, I've got the baby shoes from each child's baptism, the standard hospital cap, newspaper announcements and cards. There is really a lot of these things that I've kept back for them. Ribbon and baby ring, Growth Chart, so many things.

When I saw the Myador baby shower kit my mind started racing! How much fun it would be to send the guests home with a keepsake and the little wardrobe box! Oh my! It would be perfect for the keepsakes! What a wonderful gift for the child to have when they are older.

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Each set comes in a beautifully designed hardcover box

which includes; Calypso Baby Girl or Boy wooden box,

miniature baby girl dresses in pink and white,

miniature baby boy jumpsuits in blue and white,

Hershey Kisses (“It's a Girl” or "It's a Boy" chocolates),

invitation/Thank you cards with envelopes for guests,

personal note tags, and cute wooden hangers for hanging baby clothes.

*Please note that the Calypso Baby Shower favor set is available as a 20, 30 or 40 piece set. The number of pieces refers to the number of jumpsuits, note tags, cards, hangers and chocolates.

I'm not ready for our oldest to start a family yet, but I am keeping this on my list of must have items.

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Maintaining Balance Being a Mom and Your Personal Identity

I have always been a stay at home mom. I had planned to go back to work part-time. I felt I needed it to maintain balance between me and being a mom. To keep my personal identity. Our oldest having apnea of prematurity put a stop to that. My mom hormones kicked in and there was no way I could leave her in someone else's care. Not to mention the cost of a babysitter and my paycheck. Why work to support someone else's home. It was a "no brainer".

Since I started blogging it has brought up some very important thoughts about me and who I am. I have LOVE being home with my children. I would not replace those days for anything. I did not accomplish the goals I had set for them or myself. I have tried and succeeded in some but not really #momfail either. My life took some turns I had not anticipated nor planned.

The kids getting older and all being in school had prompted me to start thinking about things I could do for work. Let's face it the economy is making it more and more difficult to make ends meet. Since I was in the car accident working outside of the home is not possible. I must have flexibility that can not be provided in the work place. I always crafted and read books. I'm a big proponent of self-improvement and growing spiritually. So these would be easy for me to pick up and do to contribute to the income needs of our family.

I've always had to do everything myself. Not because I would not ask for help, because I was told I didn't need help. So I've had a bit of an obstacle laden life. I'm making progress at getting my husband and kids to understand that I'm not the maid. They have all had this tendency, which I can't figure out why. I've never been the, "Oh, let me get that." kind of parent. I want my children to grow to be independent and confident. I know what my husbands deal is, he was brought up that way. And he travels for his job and spends too much time being waited on at restaurants and hotels. Boo!

My challenge in blogging and working on the craft businesses have been that they think I'm ignoring my responsibilities. I just want to beat my head into a brick wall. All 7 of them are perfectly capable to do their share and take part. I've read different blogs about organizing and I've never been able to figure out how "women can do it all". I'm not one to over schedule intentionally. I like a smooth order to my day and I have no desire to run to every seasonal sporting event offered to kids these days. I want to live life! And life to me is not creating athletes. Exercise is good. Sports become excessive. Sorry, to all who think otherwise, but it is my opinion.

When I saw Amanda's offer to guest post and visited her blog I felt she could give some recommend some ideas to my dilemma. She will be featured here as my guest Wednesday. She is a pastor's wife, gym manager and preparing for dental hygienist school. I asked her to write her suggestions to a SAHM planning to start an at home business. I hope you find her suggestions helpful.

What do you think is your biggest challenge as a mom trying to keep some of your personal identity?

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A Mother’s Day Letter from My Daughter

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

 

Best Mom in the World

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A Call to Prayer on Good Friday

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I received this email and feel the need to share. I have a devo­tion to the rosary and the prayers it encom­passes telling a story of the life, death and res­ur­rec­tion of our Lord.

If you are not Catholic,
A sim­ple prayer for the inten­tions listed below.
Or an Our Father would be appre­ci­ated.
( it is an “anchor” prayer of the rosary. )
3 pm is believed to be the “hour of death” also, the hour of Mercy.

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My Geneology Search

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I was born in Oklahoma, 1965.

I can remember going to my aunts house and making "mud pies" on her enormous patio garden. She was a lot older than my mom so her kids were grown and gone. My sister and I spent what seems like hours making those pies.

I also remember playing with my great-uncle's rabbits and how they smelled bad. Visiting my great-grandma always meant getting to play with those rabbits and uncle's goat ate grass close by.

Growing up I had been told we had an American Indian heritage. My great-grandma was too proud to tell anyone about her great-grandma. She was a full blood Cherokee Indian and she married an Irishman. Their daughter married a man from Germany. My dad tells me, that one of our relatives found evidence of Apache on his side. I stumbled onto an ancestor on my mom's side that was one of the first to head west and settle in Colorado. He left a wife and children behind and remarried and had more kids. This man was originally from England.

When I was younger we moved to Indiana. As I started to become interested in my heritage I found that I have  relatives that settled in this area. I moved from one "ancestral home" to another without ever planing it.

There are many very different bloodlines that make up who I am. I have ancestry of natives that protected and took care of this land we call America and immigrants that came here for a new and better life. With this amount of diversity it makes you wonder how we have all survived and flourished. I am a pretty calm person, patient, helpful and kind. It takes a lot and I mean a lot to make me angry. On the flip side, you know I'm mad if you push me.

I wrote a post last week about "visiting the birthplace of your ancestors". Yes, they probably wanted some fabulous post about your travels to Ireland, England, Germany, etc.

But truly, I do walk everyday on the land of my ancestors. America is such a "melting pot" of cultures.

What about you? Do you live in an area where your ancestors immigrated too? Or did you grow up there, move away and now visit?

If you write a post, please link it back here in a comment. I'd love to read it.

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Do You Participate in a Lenten Practice?

Yes­ter­day being Ash Wednes­day we all have talked about what to “Give Up”. Sev­eral years ago I was intro­duced to a more com­plete under­stand­ing of Lent.

Not only is it about self denial of some­thing we like or love. It is also more deeply put about improve­ment and self­less­ness. I’ve been hear­ing of other Chris­t­ian denom­i­na­tions adopt­ing a Lenten practice.

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