chores

Instead of Yelling, Try Helping

Recently, I was frustrated with a few of my children who were dawdling with their room cleaning. As I walked into their still-messy room to reprimand them for being so…

How to Prevent Chores Gone Crazy

If you sing these words to the Jason Mraz song “I’m Yours,” you will see a glimpse into the Hawkins home — well, actually more like a glimpse into my husband’s…

Getting the Chores Done

I have a confession. I stink at chores. Getting them done and assigning them to my kids. Once upon a time, I was Glenda Good Housekeeper, but these days I’m…

Doing Nothing

A few weeks ago, I called a friend and asked what she was doing. Her breathing was heavy, like she’d run to get the phone. “Nothing. I haven’t gotten anything…

How Does a Working Mom Raise Hard-Working-Around-the-House Children?

Here’s the situation: every summer, my brother (who lives overseas) sends his daughters to stay with our parents at their beautiful cabin in the mountains for about six weeks. My…

Making Chores a Game for Kids

One of the greatest gifts my mom ever gave me was a toilet brush. Okay, so the toilet brush wasn’t gift wrapped, and it was shared with my four siblings….

Routines are Important!

Is routine important? Do your children do chores? This week on MomLife Today, Tracey talks with Tammy Rice, a mom of elementary school children, about the importance of teaching routines.

How to Get Teens to do their Chores

Are you in a dirty house? Is it because your teenagers won’t do their chores? Getting busy teenagers that don’t like being told what to do to actually do their…

Allowances and Chores

There is a topic debated over the years by many moms. And it’s one we struggled with as we raised our five children. I have found it helpful to separate…

Work It, Baby

Yesterday found me placing rags and spray bottles of homemade cleansers in my older boys’ hands: A very limited, age-appropriate version of Bathroom Cleaning 101. Get this: They loved it. Spraying stuff down, conquering…

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