Visit for tons of seasonal ideas!
quick link - go to our home page quick link - kid's crafts, family fun, printables, etc quick link - sign up for our free newsletter quick link - holiday crafts, recipes and ideas quick link - gardening, organizing, saving money, decorating and more quick link - our FunBook is filled with lots of quick ideas, tips and crafts quick link - join our bustling community of friendly members

Go Back Forums > > >

Thread Tools Rate Thread
  #11 (permalink)  
Old 02-07-2002, 08:22 AM
elg71's Avatar
Nine Year Member
FamilyCorner Newbie
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Virginia
Posts: 34
Children picking up after themselves!

Confiscating their things really works. I had a problem with my girls (3 yrs and 1 1/2 yr of age) pulling clothes out of their dressers. I got fed up, so I told them if its on the floor its mine till they earn it back (mine our young so it's help me clean your room, help me dust, that type of thing) While they love to help me, almost to the point of my insanity, my three year old ran out of clothes within a week. That morning she came to me and said "Mommy, I don't have anything to wear can I help you for a shirt, underwear and pants?" That day she and her sister (the best she could) helped me all day to earn back all their clothes and my 3 yr. old hasn't done it since, she also tells me if her sister is doing it so I can stop her in her tracks. If it worked on my little ones it will work on pre-teens and up, most won't like wearing two different shoes to school or not having their favorite shirt or pants.
Beth-wife,mom to Megan and Kim, friend to all animals and most people
Reply With Quote
  #12 (permalink)  
Old 02-23-2002, 03:10 PM
AutumnAuburn's Avatar
FamilyCorner Newbie
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 16
Re: Organizing family and career

I know how you feel, I work 40+ hours a week outside the home, too... I have two boys 10 and 13, a (new relationship) S.O., and three cats... It can be tough...

My boys help out a lot... I created a chore list and they are paying a small allowance (5 bucks a week) for having their chores done by the time we (the SO and I) get home from work each evening-6-6:30pm.

My eldest does the dishes, the youngest takes out the garbage and straightens up the couches. They are each responsible for their jackets, shoes, book bags, etc...

The DSO and I trade off cooking each night, and we do the heavy cleaning together on the weekends...

It seems to work ok. During the week, the house isn't spotless, but it's fairly tidy...

Jeanne in PA
Reply With Quote
  #13 (permalink)  
Old 02-23-2002, 03:11 PM
AutumnAuburn's Avatar
FamilyCorner Newbie
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 16

*I* am paying my kids the allowance... They aren't paying!!! LOL That's what I get for not proofreading...
Reply With Quote
  #14 (permalink)  
Old 02-23-2002, 03:47 PM
kimmyo's Avatar
Nine Year Member
FamilyCorner Junkie
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Leesburg, Alabama
Posts: 913
LOL....I was fixing to ask if I could move in! All my kids do is take money...LOL they never pay me!
Reply With Quote
  #15 (permalink)  
Old 03-07-2002, 05:14 PM
TarainNC's Avatar
Nine Year Member
FamilyCorner Newbie
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 66
I am a single mom who works fulltime and I have two school age kids. I have a couple of suggestions that might help.
I have written down a morning schedule, evening schedule, dinner routine and I listed SPECIFICALLY what clean your room means. I have my kids check the list because I get tired of reminding them over and over (One has ADD and the other ADHD). The lists are posted on the frig.
I also have decided to make a routine for meals, so I have less to think about during the hectic week.
Here is mine for now:
Sunday- Roast (beef or chicken)
Monday- Left overs
Tuesday- Soup and sandwiches
Wednesday- We eat at our church as part of family night activities
Thursday- crockpot meal
Friday- homemade pizza and salad
Saturday- pasta night
I try to throw in a load of clothes every other day to keep up with the laundry. My children are slowly learning to help out as they get older. My house is not the cleanest, but we eat well, have clean clothes and get to bed at a decent hour.
Happiness is not getting what you want, it's wanting what you've got.
Reply With Quote
  #16 (permalink)  
Old 03-07-2002, 07:57 PM
Mrs. Bookworm's Avatar
Nine Year Member
FamilyCorner Newbie
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: California
Posts: 36
Wow , Thanks for the great ideas. I especially like that idea about the dinners. I have a co-worker who has trouble deciding what to make for dinner.
I too have have a child who has ADHD. Life can be tough sometimes, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
Reply With Quote
  #17 (permalink)  
Old 08-06-2002, 07:06 AM
momto2cuties's Avatar
FamilyCorner Newbie
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: The Deep Heart Of Texas
Posts: 20
Wow I so love that idea of the box. I am gonna try this my group leaves everything out and all i do is pick up. This just might work for me.

When god created my kids, he was just showing off

I asked God for a miracle and he gave me two. Travis & Mackenzie.
Reply With Quote

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
family in the oil field momto4 Idle Chit Chat! 14 07-09-2004 07:03 AM

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 06:05 AM.

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.


Our Family FunBook is packed full of ideas from parents just like you!

Our members say that they have never found a friendlier message board community than ours!

Our kid's craft section is filled with easy ideas for creative little minds.

We have tons of free printable coloring pages to keep your little ones happy.

We offer a wide variety of free newsletters delivered right to your inbox.

Our Household Hints & Tips have a wealth of information on cleaning, organizing, and more!
Go to the funbook Go to forums Go to kid's crafts Go to printables Go to newsletters Go to Hints & Tips

Home || Newsletters || Advertising || Terms of Use || Privacy || Services || Submissions || Contact Us || Media Opportunities || Link To Us || Shop || Feedback || Staff || e-Cards || Reminder Service® is sponsored in part by...

Visit our friends --> MomsMenu | Main Street Mom | She Knows | Baby University | Personal Fitness Zone |

Copyright Notice | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use/Disclaimer