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Any suggestions?

Saturday, June 25, 2011

I would love to get my 4 kids (aged 14, 11, 9, and 7) to contribute to keeping the house clean, without nagging. I am contemplating an idea that might work without too much complaining and grumbling. I would tell my kids that they can pick a chore, any chore, and write it down on the dry erase chore chart. Then they do it. I would check the items on the chore chart to see if they are done and award points based on whether it was done, and how well. Once a week, if everyone has done one chore for 5 out of the 7 days, I would reward with a cheap but fun reward like going to the community pool with 2 diving boards and bringing some fun food. If we can keep it up for a month, I would reward with something like going to the movies.

I am overwhelmed with the work of keeping up the house in the summer months with kids at home!

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PAPABOB2012 6/25/2011 9:32AM

  Great idea, and believe me you are not along, this is an ongoing challenge in our household as well. I think it's a good idea to do a reward weekly as the kiddies tend not to have a great deal of patience in waiting to see the payback. Good luck emoticon

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The last day of day camp!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Today is the last day of day camp! We got a spirit award again because North Star District, Pack 148 is so much fun! We are attempting to do a marching song that is catchy and I am hoping that I can figure out how to send the pictures for the slide show so that our boys can see themselves on the big screen. I can't wait to resume my exercise schedule next week! This day camp, combined with 8am swim team practice is hard on all of us. If we didn't have a meet on Saturday, I would just skip it all!


Day Two of the disorganized Day Camp

Thursday, June 16, 2011

OK, it was a little better today. At least we had the gist of the rotation. Our boys got a spirit award for entertaining the whole crowd during a mandatory down time. One of my boys got a special award for exhibiting a cub scout core value - He went with his friend to the RR when they were waiting to shoot bb guns. Most of the boys that the "friend in need" asked wouldn't go because they were afraid to miss shooting bb guns. I am so proud of my guy Christian. He is so awesome! I still could see some improvements though!


Am I an organization freak?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I don't get it sometimes. I think most people who put together big events don't have great organizational skills. Instead of talking to groups as they come in, the lady is yelling at us over a speaker system. The kids are talking, yelling, screaming and running around. Adults are talking, putting things in place, yelling at kids and definitely not setting a good example. It is painfully obvious that some den walkers did not bring something to keep the boys occupied! People weren't ready to pass out the all important bag with name tags, water bottles, and attendance sheet. I was incredibly tired and stressed out after 6 hours of this mayhem. I have to do this for 3 more days. The good news - I lost 1 pound through all the sweat that I did in the 98 degree heat! I have to start tanking up the hydrometer now. I hope that today is better. I will still have some suggestions for the day camp!

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CLWALDRO 6/15/2011 8:40AM

    I hope today is better as everyone should be through registration but I understand the frustration.
Yes keep drinking water it will help you and set a good example for the kids emoticon

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Revisiting the motivation factor!

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

I have to take a long hard look at why I am losing fat and gaining health. It seems, lately, that I am inundated with stressful situations and work ( volunteer and domestic)! I tend to not exercise when that happens. I have been doing a good job at maintaining but I am ready to start losing the fat again. It will definitely help with the stressful situations! I just wish that I could take a vacation from everything and everyone right now. I feel the need to take care of no one but myself. I don't want to hear kids fighting and complaining to me all the time. I don't want to hear what my husband thinks that I have done wrong. I don't want to hear from all the parents on the swim team that think I have all the answers to their problems!

I think that I am going to tell the kids to take care of themselves ( they are all old enough!) for a day and I am going to get in my exercise and plenty of solitude where I can read my Bible and pray!

I just need to refocus. I am interested in any ideas to keep me from getting to the boiling point. I would love to figure a routine to keep me sane and allow me to continue my healthy living despite all of the stuff that is going on around me. I am making this a priority for a day, then 2 days, then 3 days....

I don't seem to be able to say let's do this for a week. I want to have some fun and make it work toward my goals. Maybe saying "no" a little more is the key!


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