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Back to School: Give me FIVE! chore chart

As the school year is about to being, a lot of parents want to know how to get kids to complete chores without having to nag, harass, threaten, beg  or simply end up completing the chore themselves.

There is no simple solution for getting children to complete chores. Teaching responsibility to children requires patiences and perserverance. Such teaching is a process that takes a hefty amount of parenting time. However, this teaching does not have to make a parent want to pull their hair out as they remind a child to put their clothes in the laundry hamper for the seventh time that day. Learning chore responsibility can be a relatively simple (Note the word “relatively” used) process when parents approach the task with a plan. Many companies sell expensive chore charts that can be tiring and complicated to maintain.

Parents, step away from these. They are fun and useful for about a week.

They are anything but practical.

Instead, take an approach that asks of your child to “Give me FIVE!” and watch him/her soar as responsibility with chores is achieved.

 

Before making any sort of chore chart, first take these guidelines into consideration:

 

1. Make sure chores are age-appropriate. (kids as young as 3 years of age can have daily chores to tend to)

2. Make sure the child can complete chores independently (There is need for a child to do chores that require adult-assistance. This is not the place for such chores.)

3. Make sure chores can be completed in a timely manner.

4. Be consistent. (This is key to making a chore chart work.)

 

The “Give me FIVE!” method simply means outlining five chores/duties a child needs to complete in the morning and five chores/duties a child needs to complete in the evening. These chores migh include getting dressed, taking a shower, making a bed, unloading the dishwasher or helping a sibling. As long as the chores adhere to the guidelines above, they are fair game.

Using an outline of a hand, list the five chores the child needs to complete in the morning. A morning chart may look something like this:

 

 

Make a similar chart for the evening:

 

The “Give me FIVE” system allows parents to simply ask if a child can “give me five” with the understanding that if they can, they have completed all five chores. Having only five chores and a hand to represent these chores, allows children to remember what is asked of them and to accomplish it quickly and efficiently. Younger kids enjoy being able to actually give parents a high five when the chores are finished (which is really all the reward that needs to be given for such chores). Older children will appreciate the freedom to get their jobs done without nagging (although they might roll their eyes over a hand print chore chart). Parents will be glad to pass off the responsibility of completing these tasks to their children.

This school year, make morning and evening chores a simple task to accomplish. Vow to stop nagging and give children the reigns of responsibility.

 

“Mom, I’m Bored!” Places to visit in Dallas to combat summer boredom

*Welcome to those of you who saw my segment on Fox 4’s Good Day! To learn more about me and my blog, go here*

 

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The month of July is settling in and the activities that held children’s attention at the beginning of the summer are starting to lose their spark. The normal go-to sources of entertainment such as local zoos, community pools and activity centers have been exhausted. Temperatures are rising, patience is wearing thin and everyone is starting to feel just a bit of the summer stir-crazies. Children are starting to whine “I’m bored.” before they even finish their morning bowl of cereal and moms only line of defense is  the haughty comeback of “Only boring people get bored.”

The result of this exchange: A grumpy family before the clock has a chance to reach eight o’clock am.

No fear, mothers. The Dallas/Fort Worth area is home to a vast amount of places that will provide countless hours of entertainment for those restless children. Cries of “I’m bored!” will quickly transform into “Mom, you’re the best!” as everyone enjoys taking part in some of these fun, unique activities.

 

Cowtown Wake Park

 

Would you love for your kids to learn how to wakeboard or wake skate, but do not have access to a boat or a lake? No problem. Cowtown Wake Park offers kids the chance to learn a variety of water sports in a safe, contained environment. Utilizing a cable system, Cowtown Wake Park provides kids and adults with the chance to enjoy summer water sports without having to be pulled behind a boat. Located on an artificial five acre lake off the banks of the Trinity River in Fort Worth, Cowtown Wake Park is the family’s answer to unique outdoor summer fun. Summer camps, birthday party packages and individual teaching are all available.

 

Fall Creek Farms in Granbury

 

Summer is the perfect time to stock the kitchen with fresh fruits and vegetables. Fall Creek Farms in Granbury, TX (about a 30 minute drive from Fort Worth) allows families to come and pick their own fresh fruit. Berry picking season is already closed but their peach crop is ripe and ready for eager harvesters. This farm hosts over 500 peach trees on their property. Visitors can tour the orchard on a tractor-pulled trolley, stopping to pick whatever peach appeals to them. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to confirm pick times.

 

Adventure Day Camps on Lake Grapevine

 

Many mothers believe if they have not signed up their children for summer camp before the beginning of July, then it is simply too late to do so. Not the case with Adventure Day Camps. Adventure Day Camps is a camp for children ages 4-13, hosted on the banks of Lake Grapevine. Parents can sign children up for summer-long camps, week-long camps, one day camps or even 1/2 day camps. Campers learn a variety of outdoor skills and games including archery, camping, Frisbee golf, kayaking and swimming. Arts and crafts and games such as treasure hunts are also offered. Day camps run now through mid-August.

 

Texas Geocache Challenge hosted by Texas Parks and

Wildlife

 

Have a GPS device and kids who love a good treasure hunt? Then the Texas Geocache Challenge is your family’s answer to combating summer boredom. Geocaching a popular type of treasure hunting where families us a GPS device to help them find treasures (Known as “caches“) hidden by others. This summer the Texas Parks and Wildlife commission is getting in on the geocaching craze and have hidden a large amounts of caches throughout Texas. Participants can search in their local area or canvas the entire state in search of these caches. Their website has detailed information, including printouts and directions for how families can get started on this challenge. The great thing about geocaching is that the whole family, regardless of age and size, can get in  on the fun.

 

Dinosaur World in Glen Rose

 

Glen Rose, TX is the tourist place for dinosaur enthusiasts. Dinosaur World, an outdoor museum, will not disappoint the Glen Rose visitor in search of some dino action. Dinosaur World has 22 acres, filled with over 100 life-sized models of dinosaurs for families to discover and inspect up-close. Children will enjoy the daily dino dig, a place where they can become paleontologists for the day and search for treasures (which they get to keep!). Rather than hitting the hot, crowded amusement parks this summer step into the prehistoric world of the dinosaurs at Dinosaur World in Glen Rose, Texas.

 

Summer Theater

Dallas/Fort Worth is home to many children’s theater companies. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy theater with the family and support local children’s performing arts. Many of these companies offer low pricing ($5!) and a variety of child-friendly show times. Some current summer productions include Cinderella, Mulan, Seusical the Musical, Dora the Explorer LIVE! and Pinkalicious. Have a performer in the family? A lot of these companies also offer summer camps for the aspiring thespian.

Local children’s theater companies include:

 

Step out and enjoy these unique summer boredom busters that DFW has to offer!

 

 

 

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