Cast & CharactersThere are some recurring folks in our lives I use abbreviations for; here is a quick rundown.
F (Buggle): Oldest Son, 8 years old (b.2007)
Su (Mouse): Oldest Daughter, 7 years old (b. 2008)
W (Bull): Second Son, 5 years old (b. 2009)
J (Jack): Youngest Son, 2.5 years old (b. 2012)
Daisy: Youngest Daughter (b. May 2015)
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Category Archives: preschooler chores
He’s three and he loves to “be the kitchen helper” but what can he usefully do? Quite a bit actually. He saves me a lot of steps! He: Fetches things- most cans have pictures so he can … Continue reading
One of the reasons that Buggle and Mouse are as comfortable in the kitchen as they are is that they’ve been in the kitchen with us from the time they were tiny! Some of that is the function of the … Continue reading
Not long after I started using the timer and post-it note method to cure the dawdling habit, we woke up to a rainy Saturday and a house that desperately needed some help! Four children full of energy plus two grown-ups … Continue reading
When I was a girl I loved the Miss Piggle-Wiggle books. That spry old lady was so creative in her cures for laziness, not-wanting-to-go-to-bed-itis and other childhood ills! When faced with a persistent behavioral problem I occasionally ask myself, “What … Continue reading
One of the hardest things in a family with many littles is figuring out how to incorporate everyone into the work of the household. It’s not too hard to train the oldest ones but then the littler ones want to … Continue reading
One of the tricky things for me to balance as the children’s mother and teacher is where I should deal with attitude issues. My preference is for school not to be a time when I discipline, but if there are … Continue reading
I love having a kitchen timer or two around the house! OK, if I count the one on the oven I actually have three and have been known to use them all simultaneously! Here are a few of the ways … Continue reading
One thing that has been an ongoing struggle for us in training Mouse has been working with her tendency to dawdle or pretend that she can’t do something that we’ve asked her to do. We know she is pretending because … Continue reading
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about needing to get back into a good chore routine and in particular needing to follow up and inspect to make sure the jobs were done well. I’ve been doing that for about … Continue reading