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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

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I took our tree down yesterday and packed up all the decorations for another year. It is nice to have my home back in order. Not that it ever is in order. It is usually pretty messy. During my time off I have implemented some new ideas to get the kids doing more for themselves. I posted these on the wall because I am tired of saying the same thing over and over and over...
Being the tyrant that I am I have my kids (8 & 9) make their own school lunches but I discovered that they will just fill their lunch box with granola bars.
Is there anything that you have implemented in your home that make s life easier? I am open to suggestions!


Blogger Richard said...

Cool! I love those lists.

Of course, mine are too young to follow such a thing (4 and 6).

Though I do try and get them to do as much independently as they can (whilst the missus insists that they are too young).

10:02 a.m.  
Blogger Tee said...

It felt good to clean up the Christmas messes here too.

We used lists here - now the rules are memorized and I don't have to have them posted. The boys, from a young age, have had to make their beds (or atleast straighten the blanket a bit and set the stuffed animals up - depending on ability.) They have to put away toys they take out, put dirty laundry in the hamper in their room (not on the floor) and they love to help with other random things. Get them while they're young!

11:02 a.m.  
Blogger Bella said...

Actually Barb, I'm thinking about ripping your lists off! LOL Those are pretty good. Maybe I should implement something like that so that I don't ahve to yell all the time. ;)

11:18 a.m.  
Blogger Muddy, said...

Wow -- I think you are doing better than me! Our tree is still up -- I like to do the 12 Days of Christmas and it is only the 10th Day of Christmas right now .... lol ... still looking for the Lords a Leaping.

1:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Lujza said...

Barbara, I absolute love those lists!! And you actually let your kids make their own lunches??? I have a 12 and almost 9 year've inspired me!

3:55 p.m.  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Our Christmas stuff is down too. I love having it up but I'm always ready when it's time to take it down. A month is long enough!

My kids make their own lunches too. Actually, I make the sandwiches and they add the rest. Well okay...I'm still not being truthful. My daughter is 16 and doesn't NEED TO EAT LUNCH MOM so I don't know how she lives.

5:37 p.m.  
Blogger happyandblue2 said...

The lists made me laugh. Except the lunch one which is really sensible.
I guess they are all sensible really. But they made me laugh anyways.
I don't have any special things I do to make things run smooth in my house. Which probably explains why we are always running around like maniacs all the time,ha,ha..

5:58 p.m.  
Blogger ddddddddddddddddddddd said...

what a great idea.

I love those lists.

By the way, don't know if you do those meme thingys, but I tagged you with one, if you do. If not, don't worry about it.

8:09 p.m.  
Anonymous Leslie said...

It's usually a tradition for me to take everything down on New Year's Day, but since we didn't put anything up this year, it was a breeze.

The bucketful of granola bars is prob'ly something I'd do now so I've got nothin' for helpful tips ;)

5:17 a.m.  
Blogger wanda said...

" Is there anything that you have implemented in your home that make s life easier?"

If you eat, you either cook or clean up.
If you mess it up, clean it up.
If I'm asleep, BE QUIET!

11:56 a.m.  
Blogger ldjay said...

Barbara ... your lists are awesome!
My boys are 16 & 17 they do their own laundry, they cook if they are hungry (and don't want what I've fixed), they vaccum, and take out trash. Now ... I mostly have to tell them 100 times, but it does get done, and mostly in a timely manner. Now their rooms on the other hand .... (very scary) :)

I was really glad to get the Christmas decorations down too. Even though it is only the 4th, it feels like it was months ago ...

Happy day!

4:35 p.m.  

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