Over-Parenting: Am I doing too much for my child?

Over-Parenting: Are You Doing Too Much for Your Child?

This is a somewhat uncomfortable subject, but there seems to be a concern these days over parents who “do too much.”

The problem of “learned helplessness” has reared its head lately, as children struggle to be independent after having everything done for them.

Are you over-parenting? Are you doing too much for your child? How can you tell?

First of all, be easy on yourself. Don’t allow yourself to feel guilty or condemned. Just take a look at your parenting and check out these tips, and make adjustments where you see fit.

1. “It’s Just Easier to Do It Myself”

Yes, in the short term, it is. Who has the time to listen to their seven-year-old gripe about tying his or her shoes – and act like he “can’t” by doing it wrong on purpose – when you need to get out the door or be late? In some cases, it’s better to be late…or anticipate this delay and allow time for it. Likely, it will only happen a few times before your child gets the hint that s/he better just tie their shoes.

Please note, though, that this will only work if your child knows how to do the task you’re expecting, whether it’s tying shoes or getting dressed or making the bed. If your child really doesn’t know how to do something, take the time to teach him/her first so that you both don’t end up frustrated. That brings us to the next point…

2. Give Your Kids Tools

Parents can err in two extremes – on the one hand, we do too much and don’t let them do anything on their own; but on the other hand, we can’t expect our kids to do things they don’t know how to do. The middle ground is giving kids the tools they need and then getting out of the way.

“Tools” come in the form of life skills, from preparing food to school projects to job interviews. If you step aside too soon, your child may not have the tools s/he needs to go forward with the task at hand and may give up. If you step in too often or too soon, your child may presume s/he can’t do it (or not care to bother since you’re doing it) and also give up. So a good idea is to teach your kids the skills involved and then step aside once you know that they know.

Sometimes, that means giving how-to details that can seem ridiculous to an adult but are necessary for a child.

3. Are You Fostering Internal Motivation?

Ultimately, motivation must come from within for true independence, say experts. Broad requests like “do your homework” or “clean your room” can seem overwhelming (think “clean your house” if you’re an adult! It’s a huge task when you phrase it that way).

Coaching and encouragement are fine, experts note; that’s not the same as doing the task for your child. Try making a checklist so s/he can see the steps involved in the chore or task at hand. Instead of “do your homework,” for example, you could make a list like this:

* Find comfy place to set up books
* Get a drink and a snack
* Write out spelling words and study list
* Do math worksheet
* Read chapter of book and write paragraph summary

You can break it down further, too, into sub-steps – whatever works for your child. Also, a list (preferably one your child helps write out) keeps you from having to tell him/her what to do over and over.

How do you teach your children things to do for themselves, that you normally did for them, around the house?

Let me know in the comments.

I hope you have a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving.

I am so thankful that you took the time to read my post and I hope it helps you in some way.

 

 

How to keep it clean while traveling with toddlers

clean while traveling with toddlers
Guest Post by Sophia Evans who just loves to travel. She has plenty of experience when it comes to traveling with kids. To keep it clean is her passion and it is something that she strives for.
clean while traveling with toddlers

How to keep it clean while traveling with toddlers

Why traveling with toddlers is almost always linked with hassle? It does not have to be this way anymore. We are here to offer you some ideas which will make the traveling way much easier and…cleaner. No doubt, the most comfortable way of reaching from A to B, especially in the presence of small kids, is by car. Choosing this way of travel means that you do not have to conform with timetables and other strangers, that, let’s be honest, can turn every family holiday into a nightmare.

So in order the traveling to run on wheels, you need to make sure that everything is taken care of and it is well organized. Let’s make a start with lay the beginnings of keeping your car clean during the journey. Having small children most frequently means that your vehicle is littered with various toys, shoes, socks, wrappers and only God knows what else. Even though you clean and vacuum it on a regular basis, somehow it always ends up littered over and over again, before even you notice. We want to help you and make this cycle stop. Hopefully, you will find our ideas inspiring.

As you are set to leave for a longer time, you always need to be prepared. Keep bottled waters in the back of the car, they will always come in handy. Keep the backspace cleaned out so it can be the perfect place for changing a diaper, for example. When the child is done with this, you can put a travel potty there.

So we are done with the backspace which toddlers actually stay away from. So let’s roll up sleeves and move to the next territories. Make a rule for your kids to avoid drinks other than water. We are well experienced and we know how hard it is to get rid of milk or smoothie stains. Inevitably accidents happen just like spillages. You do not want to ruin your vacation, do you?

Most toddlers have the habit of bringing toys in the car, as many as possible. They do not want to get bored, right? At least they will stay focused during the travel and will not cause any troubles. If you do not want your car to get stuffed with numerous toys, remember that everything which comes in must come out. Your toddlers bring a toy in the car, then they need to learn to take it out as well. Before anything else, your car is not a playground.

Teach your toddlers to hand you forward all the trash including wrappers, handkerchiefs, plastic cups. They need to learn to give it to you so you can put it in one bag and then throw it away all at once when you stop to fill up the car with gas, let’s say. Having one space to clean out will surely make the traveling way much easier and cleaner.

The golden rule for a clean car is to vacuum it at least once per week. When you take your time to vacuum on a regular basis, you are more likely to keep it good looking. Seeing your car tidy and clean will surely get you breathe a sigh of relief.

You see that it is not that hard to keep your car clean when traveling with toddlers, don’t you? Your children will even notice the difference. You only need to teach them some rules and they will follow.

So, are you prepared for traveling?

My Favorite Inspiring Internet things in October

I absolutely love social media (minus the negativity), there are so many people who build each other up and just talk about their daily lives in hopes to convey a sense of normalcy for people who feel as if they are alone in their struggles.

I can tell you from experience that no matter what you are going through as a mother or how alone you feel in a situation, you are not alone. We as mothers need to stick together and build each other up not tear each other down when we don’t agree with the decisions we make for our own families.

Here are the uplifting social media posts I have enjoyed in the month of October.

TWITTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INSTAGRAM

 

 

Remember: YOU are everything they need and more!!! ❤

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Strength grows in the moments you think you can’t go on but you keep going anyway. . Over the past couple of years we have walked through the fires of hell. . Injustice. Deceit. Betrayal. Character Assassination. . There were moments where I just wanted to give up. Run away. There is nothing worse than when someone accuses you of something that isn’t true. It was in these moments, I found out who I was and how strong I was created to be. . I knew that I had two choices. 1) To Get Bitter or 2) To Get Better. It’s that simple. You either take what has been dealt to you and allow it to make you better or you allow it to tear you down. The choice belonged to me, not my circumstances. . You can feel like the flames of the fires are engulfing you and that there is no escape. I PROMISE you, truth always wins and justice always prevails. It may take longer than you would like, but those flames are refining you, they are not destroying you. They are a part of your story in becoming all you were created to be. . This week was a beautiful and life breathing week for our family. A close of one chapter and an exciting beginning of the next. It hasn’t been easy, but we made it and we are stronger for it. Believe when I say, when I look into a fire, I smile. The flames inside of me burn stronger than any fire around me. . Friends, there is going to be very painful moments in your life that will change your entire world in the matter of minutes. Let them make you stronger, kinder and smarter. But don’t you dare go and become someone you are not. . You are stronger than you know.

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.. especially after a night of tricks and treats & sugar highs 😳 . Tag a Mom who gets it!

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Especially with #twoundertwo!

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FACEBOOK

Truth Bomb Mom: Perfect Mom

**NEW VIDEO!** This might be one of the most important videos I've made.The three women featured are all real moms and these are their real stories.

Posted by Kristina Kuzmic on Thursday, August 17, 2017

 

https://www.facebook.com/mythoughtsaboutstuff/

 

PINTEREST

A Little Pinch of Perfect

Mom Encouragement

Organized Motherhood

just Andrea

 

BLOGS

Healing Mama Remedies

Mom Advice

Cool Mom Picks

Mom Spark

Our Kids Mom

Thrifty Nifty Mommy

Mommifried

That’s Inappropriate (this is my favorite site right now!)  I am linking all of her socials because I think every mom needs her in their lives.

 

All of these that I’ve listed so far are very inspiring and help me to realize even on my worst days, that I am not alone.

I hope that this post has helped you in some way to motivate and inspire you to keep going no matter how hard it may seem at the time.

Here are a few quotes and pretty images for an extra boost 🙂

            

  It has been proven that even just the action of smiling (when you don’t feel happy) can greatly improve your mood.

Take some time to live in the moment without rushing around trying to get everything done.

October went by in a hurry because we had so much to do. It can get so hectic and we forget to savor the moments we can never get back.

So, this November, be thankful that you are able to rush the kids all over the place but also take the time and be thankful that you can spend it with those you love.

Have a happy and healthy week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Absolute Best Christmas Gifts for Kids

(There are affiliate links in this post. If you click them and choose to make a purchase I could make a commission at no extra cost to you.)

Every year when the time to start shopping for Christmas gifts rolls around, I am at a loss. I seem to always be the last in the know.

Firstly, I never know what is the “It” toy for that year. I didn’t find out about the egg “hatchimal” thing until about a week before Christmas last year.Everyone and their uncle

Everyone and their uncle was losing their minds trying to find that thing. Most of the reviews I read were somewhat negative and the majority said it took way to long to “hatch”.

This year I’ve done a little research and looked up the Amazon Hot Toy list to get a jump on the “it” toys for this year.

THE ABSOLUTE BEST CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR KIDS 

This first one jumped out at me and I really want to get it for Allie. It is really nostalgic for me 🙂

Teddy Ruxpin is back!!!

This guy was a staple during my childhood. Until he started to lose his battery and sounded like a devil bear. But, I’m sure they fixed that freaky feature.

1- Teddy Ruxpin – Official Return of the Storytime and Magical Bear

This next one is pretty cool.

Great for a child who is a logical thinker.

2- ALEX Toys Future Coders Poppin’ Pictures Coding Skills Kit

I think this one would be great for the young child who loves building models.

3- Kids First Automobile Engineer Kit

This is such a cute little playset for the My Little Pony Lover in your life.

4- My Little Pony: The Movie Seashell Lagoon Playset

Allie is a Paw Patrol lover so this would be a great gift this year.

5- Paw Patrol – My Size Lookout Tower with Exclusive Vehicle, Rotating Periscope and Lights, and Sounds

Uh-Oh this is another one Allie would really love from the Paw Patrol

6- Paw Patrol Sea Patroller Transforming Vehicle with Lights and Sounds

We might be in trouble, Allie also loves the PJ Masks.

Do you have a Cat Boy lover in your family? This would be a great gift for them.

7- PJ Masks Cat Boy Car

More PJ Masks!!!

8- Just Play PJ Masks Headquarters Playset

This would be great for your learning little one on the move.

9- Fisher-Price Think & Learn Teach ‘N Tag Movi

Allie’s Daddy loves buying our family members children Nerf guns almost every year. So, I had to have a Nerf option on my list 🙂

10- Nerf Nitro Flash Fury Chaos

I just had to include this one because I think it is just so cute and fun!

11- Zoomer – Show Pony with Lights, Sounds and Interactive Movement

 

12- Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit

Design and build amazing moving machines!!!

This one is so cool I might even play with it on my own!

13- K’NEX Kid K`Nex Budding Builders Tub Building Kit

This one is pretty cool and you can’t go wrong with a race car and a track

14- Lionel Mega Tracks – Corkscrew Chaos Green Engine

Having a toy with colors, shapes, and ways to make different sounds is a great teaching tool for young children. So, this is a great choice for a gift this year

15- Hape Pound & Tap Bench / Educo Early Melodies Pound and Tap Bench

I chose this because it looks like it would be a great, fun choice for the family game night.

16- Soggy Doggy Board Game

This one is a bit on the expensive side but if you have the money to spare and more than one child I think this would be a great little set.

17- Melissa & Doug Deluxe Star Diner Restaurant

This one is just fun. Play Mat and all Plastic Components React in the Dark with the UV LED Glasses or UV Pen Light. Make Cars, Run Them into Each Other, or into the Walls, Watch Them Crash and Fall Apart

18- Sands Alive Glow Sand Car Crashers Kit

I think this one is a great choice for your little one to learn colors, how to play a structured game, and the different animals.

19- Color Wooden Blocks Cartoon Stacking Game for Kids 51 pieces

Get this one for your little Mickey and the Roadster Racers fan build and refuel the car ready for Mickey Mouse’s next big race.

20- LEGO DUPLO Brand Disney Mickey Racer 10843 Building Kit (15 Piece)

A great set of tools for kids to use their imagination and “build” some fun.

21- Kids Tool Set, Construction Toys for Pretend Play-36 PCS of Repair Accessories & Tool Box for Boys and Girls

I have been wanting to get this for Allie for a few months and I think it will be a great Christmas gift this year!

22- The Original Blankie Tails Mermaid Tail Blanket (Youth Size), pink/aqua

I put these 2 games together because I believe they are a must to have when your children are young. Such fun games to play together as a family, no matter how old they get 🙂

23- Chutes and Ladders and Candy Land


24- IMDEN Magnetic Blocks, Magnetic Building Set, Magnetic Tiles, Educational Toys for Baby/Kids, 92 Piece

I don’t know any child who doesn’t love magic tricks and trying them out on their own. So, I know this is going to be a big hit this year.

25- Fantasma Toys Retro Magic Hat

 

This is my list of the Top 25 Hot Christmas Gifts for 2017.

Hopefully, you got some ideas for your children or your family members Christmas gifts this year.

Have you thought about your Christmas shopping yet this year? Are you one of the many people who wait until Black Friday or later to start shopping?

What is your plan to tackle the Christmas shopping madness this year?

Let me know in the comments.

Have a wonderful week!!!

 

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The Most Popular Family Halloween Costumes of 2017

I think that this may very well be my favorite time of year. The weather is (usually) cooler and more bearable. The trees and other parts of nature change in such vibrant ways. We all seem to get a little boost of energy with the brisk Fall air around us.

But, my very favorite part would have to be HALLOWEEN!!!

I love seeing all the decorations and the pumpkins carved into silly or scary faces, or even just painted with such artistic ability it is amazing.

The best part of Halloween, in my opinion, is all the cute costumes the kids choose every year. I just can’t get over how cute they are as little cows, pumpkins or princesses.

So, here are my choices for the most popular costumes of 2017, just in case you haven’t had a chance to get your child’s or even your own yet.

 

THE MOST POPULAR FAMILY HALLOWEEN COSTUMES OF 2017

First on my list, is this incredibly cute little cowboy costume. I love the hat and the belt buckle!!

 

I really love Mickey and Minnie costumes, this one is especially cute 🙂

This is the cutest little Superman I have ever seen 🙂

Wonder Woman is all the rage right now so I know this is going to be a very popular costume for young ladies.

This dinosaur costume seems to be very popular. It is so funny especially when the wearer tries to run 🙂

I absolutely love this cute baby-sized Supergirl Costume! I really like the headband bow and the little booties.

Here is a tasteful choice for mom… 🙂

And a silly one for dad…

 

You can even get a costume for your dog 🙂

 

 

You can get all of these Halloween costumes and more including decorations at Find Costume dot com.
Find the perfect costume at an unbelievable price. Findcostume.com

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Has your child already chosen their Halloween costume for this year?

Let me know what they are going to dress up as in the comments.

I love to hear about all the great costume ideas everyone has every year 🙂

Allie is going as Shimmer from Shimmer and Shine

Here she is trying on her costume…

Have a happy safe and fun Halloween!!!

 

 

Favorite Things in the internet world during September

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

—Dr. Seuss

This is the time of the month where I really enjoy looking back. Not really at everyday life, but at my social media history.

That seems so basic. But, a lot of the time, I get a nice little pick me up from the humor and realness of other mom’s lives.

We are not alone in this motherhood journey! We are doing a great job and we can get through it.

It is hard, but we can rely on each other when we need a little break…

Grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine (whatever you choose) and take a trip through social media with me 🙂

 

favorite things september

 

TWITTER

I really love Twitter. It took me a while to warm up to it, and I’m still learning. But, I can get lost in the “never-ending scroll” sometimes. There are so many funny posts!

This month I have also added in some nice activity posts as well. Fall is starting to become my favorite season and I can’t resist a nice craft 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is so cute!

 

 

 

 

I don’t drink wine, but I’m sure this is relatable to many of you 🙂

 

 

 

 

No thanks, I’m good without :/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INSTAGRAM

Instagram kind of goes along the same line as twitter, very easy to get lost in the scroll.

 

Dear family the kitchen and laundry do not get magically done! #momlife #momproblems #parentingtips

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FACEBOOK

Facebook is a little hit or miss for me. I usually only follow mom and cooking pages. I’m a little boring when it comes to Facebook, I must admit.

 

I cannot be the only one who has kids that get nutty without a nap ?!? #momproblems #momlife #fitmom #momof4

Posted by Fit Hiit Mama on Sunday, September 24, 2017

 

#MomProblems #MomLife #ImJustSayin

Posted by Housewife Plus on Tuesday, July 4, 2017

 

 

"Don't even ask me about showering 🤦🏻‍♀️"#momlife #parenthood #momproblemsReposted from @mayavorderstrasse

Posted by Mrs. Patel's on Wednesday, September 6, 2017

 

#Repost @mayavorderstrasse・・・So no, I don't shower often. #momproblems 🙋🏻💧😩😂😅

Posted by KCT Kinesiology Tapes on Wednesday, September 13, 2017

 

Just in case you feel like you're the only one who can't enjoy a coffee. This happened. And yes, that's Daniel Tiger in my coffee. 👶🏼🤦🏼‍♀️☕️#toddlerlife #danieltiger #momproblems

Posted by The Honorable Mom on Wednesday, September 27, 2017

 

PINTEREST

I love Pinterest! I don’t really know what else to say. It’s just so incredibly great.

Mom Problems

Trying not to be my mom, problems

Stay at Home Mom Problems

Girl Mom Problems

Moms Corner

 

Facebook Page, I Love

That’s Inappropriate  (started a new section #HotMessExpress GO CHECK IT OUT on That’s Inappropriate)

 

So, this has been what I’ve loved on the interwebs for the month of September.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post as much as I have. Share it with your mom friends who need a bit of a pick me up or a chuckle.

Leave me a comment about something online that has made you chuckle or inspired you in some way.

 

Have a wonderful day!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 Best Cleaning Tips for Busy Parents

Guest Post by John Stuart of dailypoppins.co.uk

9 Best Cleaning Tips for Busy Parents

Having one child (or more) is oftentimes a full-time job. You have to prepare three meals every day, help with homework, plan weekend activities, and run errands all the while keeping your home clean and comfortable. It seems impossible to be able to achieve all of these things and still get eight hours of sleep every day. But, in fact, it’s not impossible!

As soon as you find a routine that you are comfortable with, you will discover that things run smoother, you are more efficient, and your kids are happier. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of hand-picked, tested and tried cleaning tips. Not all of them will work for everyone, but you will definitely find a few that stand out from the crowd and suit your lifestyle, needs, and preferences.

1. Take the Time to Clean 10 Minutes a Day Every Day

Do you want to know the best way to keep your house clutter-free and make it easier to clean at the end of the week? It’s by cleaning a few minutes each day. You can easily stay on top of things if you allow ten minutes for tidying up in the morning or in the evening.

Not only will your house look impeccable and ready to receive guests at a moment’s notice, you will also have to work less on weekend cleaning sessions. To make it easier, you can use a printable home cleaning schedule that contains daily cleaning tasks for the entire house and you can assign some of them to your kids.

2. Declutter, Donate, Recycle

If you’re in the habit of keeping old items lying around the house just to gather dust, it’s high time you decluttered your house. The fewer things you have, the less time you have to spend cleaning.

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As a busy parent, you want to prioritize your tasks and spend as much time with your kids as possible. Once you have decluttered, donated or recycled the unwanted or unnecessary items in your household, you will have more room for activities, plants or new toys.

3. Don’t Feel Afraid to Ask for Help

Whether you are an employed or a stay-at-home parent, you should never be embarrassed to ask for help or reach out for professional services. We all need help from time to time. Whether you choose to book professional home cleaning services, a nanny or someone to tend to the pool and the lawn, always do what’s in your family’s best interest.

4. Get Your Children Involved

As a child yourself you might have had specific household chores you had to fulfill every day or every week. You can use the same technique with your kids and get them involved in cleaning the house and keeping it tidy. Their assignments can vary according to their age. From simple tasks of gathering the toys and putting them in their place for two-year-olds, to cleaning the closets or doing the laundry for 12-year-olds.

Cleaning does not have to be seen solely as the parents’ (or mom’s) job. Children can pitch in and start contributing from early ages. Not only do they help keep their room spic and span, they also learn a valuable lesson about responsibility and tidiness. Having a printable calendar with their chores will help them stay organized, become efficient and self-sufficient.

5. Clean Green

Cleaning products like sprays, waxes, powders, and gels are not only expensive but they are also harmful to the environment and for your health. It’s a common misconception that you need a different product to clean different surfaces in your house when, in reality, you don’t.

Having a single DIY product to clean with all around the house will make cleaning faster. In addition, the kids can help without you worrying they will come in contact with chemicals that can burn their skin or irritate their eyes.

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At the same time, ditch paper towels and start using cotton towels or old shirts repurposed as rags. Paper towels are not only expensive, but they also create waste. Replace them with microfiber cloths that are multipurpose and come in handy in every room whether it’s to clean up spillages, to dust the shelves or to wipe down the kitchen counters.

6. Multitask While You’re on the Phone or Watching a TV Show

Busy parents have a rough time trying to stay on top of meal prep, play time, and cleaning the house. Once you master the art of multitasking, you will be able to kill two birds with one stone.

If you have weekly calls with family or friends (on the phone or on skype) use a pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones. This allows you to walk around the house while you’re on the phone, putting things back in their place, dusting the books or cleaning the kitchen sink. What is more, preparing breakfast or dinner and cleaning up afterward won’t seem such a tedious chore if you watch your favorite YouTuber or TV show while washing the dishes.

7. Complete a Job as Soon as You See It

If you’re a busy mom or dad you know how tempting it is to postpone certain chores. Why do the dishes now when you can do them tomorrow morning before dropping the kids off at school? Of course, when the time comes, you might find something better to do and the pile of dirty dishes will just grow higher and higher.

Getting in the habit of cleaning as you go will make your life much easier. A tidy house is more welcoming, relaxing, and healthy for you and your kids. By making an extra effort to complete a job as soon as you see it, you are helping your future self-be more relaxed and organized. A good trick is to never leave a room empty-handed. Are you getting up from the living room sofa and headed to the kitchen? Grab dirty glasses, used napkins, and food leftovers and take them with you. Are you going from your bedroom into the bathroom? Take your hand cream and body lotion and put them back in their place. Once you start abiding by this rule you will notice your house will remain tidier and more organized with less effort from your part.

8. Establish a Place for Each Item in the House

Take the time to find a dedicated home for all of your items, especially your kids’ toys. It will become much easier to have a neat home that is organized and clean at all times. This way, when you are cleaning or tidying up, you will know exactly where to put your laptop bag, the Kindle charger, your sunglasses, or your kid’s vast Lego brick collection. As a result, you will not spend any energy on moving things aimlessly from one drawer to another.

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9. Clean Your Entire House on a Friday

Most of us are in the habit of cleaning on weekend days. If you are a busy parent with a full-time job, this makes sense. But do you really want to spend your free time cleaning around the house? Wouldn’t you want to wake up on a Saturday to a clean, tidy house and indulge in the activities that you truly love?

To achieve this, try to clean the house on Friday evenings. The whole family can pitch in and the tasks can be finished in one hour if you follow the rule mentioned in the first tip of this article. To make your efforts worth it, treat yourself, your partner and your kids with take-out food like pizza or ice-cream for dinner. This can easily become a ritual that doesn’t necessarily have to be tedious and time-consuming but fun and fast.