Tag: MOTHERHOOD

THE DOUBLE OF ME | THE ORDINARY MOMENTS

THE DOUBLE OF ME | THE ORDINARY MOMENTS

When people see G and I together, they often say, “She looks just like you.” She is literally the double of me and as she gets older, the more I see it. I was never able to see the resemblance. But now on occasions she will walk […]

A WINTERS BEACH DAY | THE ORDINARY MOMENTS

A WINTERS BEACH DAY | THE ORDINARY MOMENTS

Who said you can’t go to the beach in the Winter? Since we got Fleur and since we have always wanted to take her to the beach. We wanted her to be let of the lead and for her to enjoy the fresh sea air, […]

AGE APPROPRIATE CHORES FOR YOUR CHILDREN

AGE APPROPRIATE CHORES FOR YOUR CHILDREN

Assigning chores for your children to do is very important and it will serve them well later in life. There are two main reasons why parents should assign chores to their kids- one is to prepare them for life, for when they grow up and start living apart from their families, and the other is to keep them busy while still little and teach them responsibility and respect. Both reasons, however, are rather relevant and aim to accomplish the same thing- learning responsibilities, avoiding laziness, being less dependent on their parents and learning to do things on their own.
One of the biggest mistakes parents make is think their children are way too young to do cleaning chores, but unless your child is basically still a baby(0-1 year, year and a half), this statement is completely false. By not letting your child do chores you are doing more harm than good. You might be surprised by your child’s capabilities from a young age. They are not at all incapable of helping around the house and being a productive member of the family from a young age.
We will be combining personal chores with family chores as it doesn’t really matter. From a young age, whom or what they benefit, as long as they do.
(Age 2-5)
From such a young age children do not grasp the full context behind chores and why are they important, the fact is they are happy to be part of the activity. Tidy Cleaners London suggests to make them do something simple like- make their own bed, take all the pillows from the floor and put them on the sofa,bed. Most of the chores that you assign your child, at such a young age, should be under parental supervision. The older they get the list grow. You can have your child move laundry from one place to another, help with the cleaning(dusting, wiping, sweeping). You can also get them to help care for a pet by refilling their bowl of water.
What you need to remember is that at this age your child is most likely to do a sloppy job, the point is that you should not have high expectations of the end results. While they are still too young it is the effort that counts, more than the successful outcome.
(Age 6-11)
As your child’s age advances you can start outsourcing more important tasks for them. Adding a to-do check-list for age appropriate children. It is when you can start building their sense of responsibility and teach them personal manners. As long as personal chores go, they should make their own beds, clean their rooms and take care of their own personal hygiene. They may even be able wake up on their own with the help of an alarm clock etc.
The list of family chores you can outsource to your child grows even longer. Some of them are still recommended under supervision, but most of them they are free to do on their own. Your child could help set  the table, empty indoor trash cans, answer the phone. They could also prepare easy meals such as lunch by themselves. Letting them also help wash the dishes under supervision and assist in washing the car.
From age 12 to 15 and above your child is practically capable of doing most of the housework. It depends on you how much you want to outsource to them. Keeping in mind that leaving your child unburden, without chores is usually the wrong way to go. Keep them busy with personal and family chores so that they can start preparing for the outside world and learn to deal with it on their own- step by step.
THESE TWO | NOVEMBER

THESE TWO | NOVEMBER

Every month I have decided to pop up a post all about my two. It only seems fitting considering this is a parenting blog. It’s rare that I blog about G and H specifically. I blog about how hard I find parenting and the struggles […]

THE LAST YEAR OF SINGLE FIGURES

THE LAST YEAR OF SINGLE FIGURES

Today my baby girl is nine. I cannot believe that we are in the last year of singe figures. Its scary at how fast those none years have passed. She was such a beautiful bundle of joy. She made me a mummy and gave me […]

THESE TWO | OCTOBER

THESE TWO | OCTOBER

Every month I have decided to pop up a post all about my two. It only seems fitting considering this is a parenting blog. It’s rare that I blog about G and H specifically. I blog about how hard I find parenting and the struggles that come along with it, but not individually on how they are doing. I used to do updates every few months on how each were doing but I’ve decided to do it slightly different with how I go about the blog post. Monthly posts I feel will work better, and it’s a prompt for me to take more photos. Which is what I am lacking lately!

This month has flown by, it only feels like yesterday I was popping up a post about them from September! I really wish time would slow down, just so I could get a grip on whats happening and cherish those moments more. Its been a full on month.

I have to admit, some parts have been really hard. G has had nothing but trouble at school this month and we have had a few meltdowns and I’ve really struggled to process what she has been telling me. Its all been resolved but its bought quite a few tears with it. Sometimes I wish I could put both G and H in a bubble and keep them from harms way.

We are back at swimming lessons and G has improved so much. She really is doing so well and she makes me so proud. She has mastered most strokes and she has really been enjoying it. All I can ask is she attends and has fun. At the moment that’s what is happening, so it makes me a happy mummy. H has improved so much too. He managed to swim a whole width without arm bands and any kind of help. He, as was I was so impressed!

Last month I spoke about sibling rivalry and how hard I was finding it. This month it has become so much better. With a ban on technical devices in place I have seen a massive change in both G and H’s behaviour. Its amazing what a break from any kind of device does to your child. Its definitely something that has been welcomed in our house!

H has had a good month at school. He is always learning new things and is forever asking questions about things he has covered in school. He has moved up two book levels since last month, which is phenomenal. His writing is still something we need to improve on, but he is doing well and thats all I can ask of him. He is loving school and spending time with his friends.

This month has been such a wonderful month. I have really enjoyed watching both G and H grow. Its lovely to see and something I will always cherish.

SNAPSHOTS AND SCENES | SEPTEMBER

SNAPSHOTS AND SCENES | SEPTEMBER

I’m so excited to share with you my second edition of Snapshots and Scenes. I really enjoyed joining in last month and I loved seeing everyone who joined in with the hosts, videos. I am still very new to Youtube and as I said last […]

THESE TWO | SEPTEMEBER

THESE TWO | SEPTEMEBER

Every month I have decided to pop up a post all about my two. It only seems fitting considering this is a parenting blog. It’s rare that I blog about G and H specifically. I blog about how hard I find parenting and the struggles […]

THE WEEKEND BOX REVEIW WITH SNAZAROO FACE PAINTS

THE WEEKEND BOX REVEIW WITH SNAZAROO FACE PAINTS

A few weeks ago we were sent a Weekend Box and inside, were some great mini packs of Snazaroo face paints! You can never go wrong with face paints and its a fun activity for all to enjoy.

Andy founded Weekend Box after looking for gift ideas for his four nieces and nephews: nothing seemed to embody the mix of healthy living, green and creative content that he feel is so important to child development so he quit his job and launched Weekend Box – the rest is history!

 

Everything you need for a weekend of fun activities with your children is delivered directly to your door. The hard part’s done. All you need to do is enjoy time with your children.

 


The weekend box have now partnered up with Snazaroo. If you have not heard of them they are considered by many as the “world’s favourite face paint”. Snazaroo are also sellers of face painting accessories and kits, from all different styles, colours and themes.

This is the second weekend box I’ve received and I have to admit, it’s just as good as the first. This time the contents included were some samples of the new Snazaroo face painting sets.

Both G and H love face paints so they were really eager to get stuck in and use them. I have to admit, I’m a face painting novice and we very rarely have it at home. We take full advantage of it when we are out and about at fetes, carnivals, parties. We have a huge collection of face painting pictures to cherish of faces made of of butterflies, lions, tigers, cats and many more.

I tested these particular paints out on H as G would not cooperate. H wanted a dinosaur but my artistic skills would not stretch that far. So we went for the trusty tiger instead. We both really enjoyed doing this together. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the paint went on, and how easy it was. I liked the thickness of the paints. The other brands I have used at home have always been weak in colour and not vibrant but the Snazaroo paints are full of colour and went onto the skin really well. I was impressed with the final outcome and H was a very happy friendly tiger!

Snazaroo face paints are fragrance-free and specially-formulated to be gentle on the skin. They do  recommend that before you start, you swipe a small test area on the inside of the arm or elbow.

**I was sent a free weekend box for the purpose of this review**

THESE TWO | AUGUST

THESE TWO | AUGUST

Every month I have decided to pop up a post all about my two. It only seems fitting considering this is a parenting blog. It’s rare that I blog about G and H specifically. I blog about how hard I find parenting and the struggles […]