Struggling with Your Kids at Home in the Summertime? Help Has Arrived!

Struggling with Your Kids at Home in the Summertime? Help Has Arrived!

Summer, Sweet Summer with My Kids... Yes, like you, summertime has brought my kids back home to me.  The week school ended, I don't know who was more excited for summer break - my two children, their teachers, or me!  Visions of us sleeping in, making homemade pancakes to start our lazy days, and trips to museums, parks, etc. all dancing in our heads. But, two weeks later, fruit snack wrappers littered every end table and coffee table surface, wet towels laying near the towel racks, half-filled cups in bedrooms with none available in the kitchen cabinet for me to use, and both my daughter and son's bedroom carpeting was decorated with the myriad of clothing that somehow just couldn't make it into the dirty laundry basket. Yet my kids' requests kept coming - drop me off at my friend's house, pick me up some new shorts for practice, can we go to the waterpark? I am embarrassed to admit this, but even with...
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Do More Laundry by Doing Less!

Do More Laundry by Doing Less!

Possibly the most frustrating part of being a spouse or parent is the never ending piles of laundry needing to be done, or the clean clothes that never either make it out of the dryer, or never get put away.  Who hasn’t heard the early morning calls from a family member needing a certain item of clothing for a certain event, that day!  “Why didn’t you tell me this LAST night?” reverberates around the neighborhood from each household as the morning rush is in full swing.  If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably sent your child or spouse on their way with the dirty item packed for the event or worse yet, wearing the said soiled item…In an effort to avoid this repeating scenario in my home, here are some tips to make your laundry chore a lot less daunting. Have three laundry baskets for the dirty clothes and teach each family member to sort their dirty clothes into darks,...
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The Truth About Failure

So scared, I couldn't even start...it's happened before, just didn't want to believe I was a procrastinator. It goes against all of my efficiency, planning, and organizing talents- yet here I was, doing EVERYTHING but my assigned project. Yes, I even cooked breakfast for the family, and if you know me, that was a huge red flag-I don't cook. At all. I woke up at 5:00 am today with every intention of working on the assignment, but I found the towels in the dryer needed to be folded, and wouldn't my bed look so much better if I made it now? And hey, the kids just woke up...what could I make them for breakfast? And on, and on, and on, until the school bus pulled away from my drive with my kids aboard. I was alone with myself, and I had to look at the truth in front of me...I had wasted 3 and 1/2 hours NOT doing what I intentionally...
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