Chores for Toddlers: If they can walk they can help

“Housework is what a woman does that nobody notices unless she hasn’t done it”

Chores for Toddlers’

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Chores for todlders are a very good idea. There is no doubt that children are messy. It seems that they always leave a path of destruction in their wake. We are constantly picking up after them. It is a never ending story of stepping on Lego’s and doll parts.

But, if they can walk, they can help! Start giving your child little things to do around the house. Depending on their age, there are a lot of things they can do to make life easier. Also, it will teach them the value of having a clean place to enjoy with the family.

There are a bunch of things toddlers can do to help around the house. I’ve chosen 12 chores that Toddlers can do with supervision. This list should help get things done faster and hopefully make it more fun.

These chores for toddlers should be a big help for you and the family.

Chores Toddlers’ can Tackle

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1- Pick up and put away their toys

to make this easier, have a cubby system at their level so they know where their toys go and it’s easy to sort them

2- Put their dirty clothes in the hamper (laundry basket)

this is easy enough just put the clothes in the basket when they take them off

3- Help sort the laundry

this one is pretty easy just dark and lights, also helps with learning colors

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4- Unload the cooled down dryer

Allie loves helping mommy take the clothes out of the dryer 🙂

5- Help get the mail

they can put outgoing mail in the mailbox and bring in the mail for the house

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6- Dust unbreakable items around the house

this is especially good for the meticulous child who likes things just so

7- Unpack and put away unbreakable groceries

Allie really enjoys putting the boxes in the pantry for mommy

8- Sweep the floor with a small broom and dust pan

they will get a kick out of pouring the dirt and dust in the trash

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9- Tear lettuce for salad

a very easy and fun task to prepare for dinner

10- Water the outside plants

having their own small water pitcher makes this a fun experience

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11- Pull weeds

this is a fun chore with supervision so they don’t pull everything

12- Snap green beans

Allie loves doing this with Mommy, she  thinks  it’s silly to hear the snap each time

Including the kids in helping with the chores teaches them responsibility and takes some of the work off of your back.

Knowing how to keep things clean is a great lesson. Children also really love to help out wherever they can. They love to be included in the daily happenings.

I’m sure you can figure out a few more chores for toddlers to help  around the house.

Here is a link for a great chore chart to get you started with your toddler

Wishing you stress-free house cleaning and more fun with your children.

Are there any chores that your children love to tackle? Maybe there are some they absolutely hate? Let me know in the comments.

Have a Wonderful week!!!

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Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Random list of the things I know I don’t know

A Random list of things I just don’t know

I’m not ashamed, I’m human

“An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail”

Random list of things I don’t know.

If you don’t know… you can learn.

I have realized recently, that I have been going about this blogging thing all wrong.

I have been trying to portray a personality of knowing much more that I actually do. In doing so, I sounded fake and uninteresting,

I have decided to re-do what I shouldn’t have done in the first place.

Also, I would like to apologize to anyone who may have read my blog in the past. I know it must have been excruciating to get through. I know that you did it in order to be nice and give feedback. I greatly appreciate it.

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So, in order to make amends, I would like to explain the things I do NOT know.

First, I am doing this in the “stream of consciousness” style. While I am writing this a few days before it will be published, I will not be editing excessively. I want to show all of you the real me.

I am not in any way an expert blogger. I learn new things every day. I don’t want to act like I have it all together anymore. BecauseI most certainly do not.

This is me. I’m here for all of you. I want to help other SAHM’s like me, the best I can.

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If you are here to genuinely help me and learn with me every day, Thank you so much!

I love being a mom and a homemaker. I try very hard to do the right thing for my little family.

If you get through this post and you realize that you are like me, please subscribe. It would help me out a lot.

I have been doing this for about 8 months and I have 1 subscriber.

I have put a heck of a lot of work into this blog and I want to be able to help people with it.

Enough about what I want.

Random List of…

Things I DON’T know…. yet

1- Schedules:

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  • I do not handle schedules well.
  • I couldn’t even tell you the last time I actually followed a schedule. High school maybe.
  • Schedules with a toddler is just so funny to me.
  • How do mothers with a young child, especially those with more than one, stick to a strict schedule?
  • I just can’t.
  • It is very rare when I wake up before 8 in the morning. (and I have a 2-year-old)

2- Diet:

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  • Huh?
  • My diet is horrible
  • If you don’t believe me- ask my love handles and saddle bags (as my mom likes to point out frequently)
  • I barely have enough time/energy to cook the food let alone make fresh/organic meals
  • Don’t judge me, monkey.
  • It’s not all bad, I eat fruits and veggies on a regular basis
  • But, if you tell me I’m supposed to have 4-6 servings of each a day, I’m gonna laugh in your face.
  • Cause, who actually does that?

3- Exercise:

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  • My exercise routine consists of going up and down the steps a few times a day in order to get the laundry done.
  • Maybe I’ll take Allie for a walk to the park if its warm outside.
  • Other than that, I don’t do much of anything.

4- Blogging:

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  • Yup. I have no idea what I am doing.
  • I want to learn everything I can so I can offer a great resource.
  • I love doing this
  • I need to buckle down and do it right.
  • My heart is completely in it

5- Socializing:

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  • I don’t do it by choice
  • I have not been diagnosed
  • But, I have some sort of anxiety problem
  • I get very anxious around large groups of people
  • I tend to avoid social situations in any way possible
  • I do not answer the phone if I don’t now whois calling
  • A lot of the time I don’t call ANYONE, EVEN IF I know them
  • My Anxiety is hard to explain
  • Most of the time I don’t even know the cause of my panic attacks

6- Working:

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  • The only job I’ve ever had was at a boy scout camp working in the kitchen as a salad prep/special needs liaison/cook
  • The reason for this goes back to my anxiety with social situations
  • I have extremely bad panic attacks when dealing with anything that has to do with talking to strangers.
  • Especially, in a professional capacity
  • Which is why I need this blog to be successful
  • This is my chance to contribute to my little family and take some of the stress off of my SO
  • Right now he is paying for everything I need to make my blog better
  • He has been paying for it for the past 8 months
  • And everything else we need

7- Life:

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  • It’s difficult, to say the least
  • Life can cut you down when you least expect it.
  • I try to Get up and keep going
  • It will get better
  • My mom always says… “This to shall passs”
  • I hang on that hope every day

 

And that was the random list :/

 

This has been very hard for me to get through. I can only hope by putting myself out here to you, I can get some feedback and really start helping other moms like me.

The one thing in my life that I know I am doing right is raising my beautiful daughter.

Allie is my everything and without her, I would be lost. She gives me purpose. She wakes me with a smile every day. “Mommy, I’m awake!”

Everything I do is for Allie. Which is why I named my blog Allie’s Mommy. Being her mother is the one thing I am completely confident about. No one can take that away! She is my heart and soul.

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Thank you so much for being here with me.

Is there anything in this post that you can relate to? Let me know in the comments and maybe we can help each other.

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Eating and your Toddler: 27 Tips to hopefully make it easier

Eating and your Toddler:

Getting your toddler to eat can be pretty difficult. If your one of those parents who can’t seem to work it out maybe some of these tips will help you. Hopefully, some of them will give you the confidence to stick it out and figure out what works for you.

I think, I lucked out as far as not having a “picky eater” Allie loves most foods. She will eat pretty much anything I give her. But, I have noticed recently, after only a few minutes she gets bored with it and wants to go play. Now, that may be a result of being able to run around the house easier and get into everything.

I have tried a lot of different things to get her to sit and finish a meal but I have yet to find the right combination that clicks for her and the rest of our family.

I researched a few different techniques and have compiled my own list of tips I think might work for me. Hopefully. some of them will help you and we can share in mutual success 🙂

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  27 TIPS TO GET YOUR TODDLER TO EAT (AND FINISH) A MEAL

  1. First of all, let us just be clear… As long as your child is eating SOME of their food it is a great accomplishment. Especially around age 2 when they want to do anything but what you ask them.
  2. Allow only two to three snacks a day. Such as fruit, cheese, crackers or raisins. Children who over snack will not be hungry for meals. snacks
  3. Avoid to much juice or milk as it takes up their calorie intake for the day. (16 oz. milk and 6 oz. juice) banana-juice-in-glass-13929203836Q6
  4. Give your child smaller portions and only give more if they ask. To much can overwhelm and discourage. Also, giving them this little bit of control will make them want to do it for themselves.
  5. Try to incorporate all four food groups at each meal. (Carbs, fruit, veggie, and meat)
  6. Try, as much as possible, to eat as a family. When the child see’s others eating and enjoying themselves they will want to do the same.
  7. Maybe, change the appearance of the food to peak the child’s interest. (use cookie cutters for fun shapes)
  8. Avoid negative reactions or even positive praise. The child should want to eat to please themselves not anyone else.
  9. If you feel like your child just isn’t getting enough try a multivitamin.
  10. Don’t judge from just one day, as long as your child is getting a variety of foods over a week long period, they are fine.
  11.  As a rule, only make one meal for the entire family.Show that if you are eating the meal everyone else eats the same food.
  12. One bite rule, at least try each thing once.
  13. No substitutes! They must have the same meal as everyone else.
  14. Don’t offer any snacks at least two hours before dinner. To insure they are hungry for the meal.
  15. Get them excited for the meal.  “Almost dinner time, lets set the table!” table-setting
  16. Try to have a tray stocked with anything you might need for the meal. Constant up and down to get forgotten items disrupts the flow and children tend to get distracted fast. eating tray for the table
  17. Offer special rewards for eating a certain amount like stickers or dessert. educational-rewards-prizes-poster
  18. No punishments. but make the rules clear. They must try at least one bite of everything at every meal no exceptions.
  19. Keep your expectations low. These things take time. One day might be great and they eat most of their food and everyone has a great meal, and the next day spaghetti is on the wall and in your hair and the dog ate most of the food. The more you do it and stick to your guns it will get easier.
  20. Keep your eye on the prize. That being, a smooth family experience, not etiquette school. Since it is your house you get to decide what the difference is for your family.
  21. Keep the meal short. As we all know, children have very short attention spans. Get to know your time frame and try to stick within that time slot.  look-blocky-text
  22. Try to make after dinner dessert more of the fruit variety. Cakes and pastries will give them a sugar rush. fruit-mix
  23. Don’t give up! It takes time to form a good habit. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, keep up with it.
  24. Keep offering new and different foods. No matter how many different times, you never know when they will be in the right mood to try and like a new food.
  25. Do not try to put so much effort into the preparation of your toddlers food. They will most likely reject a lot of it. Don’t feel defeated, it happens!
  26. Be sure to have dinner long before bed time. Tired children are notorious for being very cranky and not wanting to eat anything no matter how hard you try to feed them.big-ben-wall-clock
  27. Don’t get to crazy! If you hit the end of your rope its okay to give in and make a PB&J. (but only once in a while)

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Keep your head up! We can’t all be stepford wives 🙂

So, these tips may not work for everyone. But, I do believe they are a great starting off point to find what works best for you and how you would like your meals (and overall life) to be for your family.

That is all.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I hope I didn’t bore you to much. Have a great day and a wonderful week!

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy 😛

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Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.