Holiday Help From the Kids

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The holidays are here and moms across the world are working way too hard to get everything prepared. If you haven't enlisted them already, it's time to let the kids do some of the work for you. Kids love helping in the kitchen and there are ways they can do so without being in the way or needing too much supervision. Teaching them to set a nice holiday table is not only a big help to you, but will give them something valuable to be proud of, too!

Dishes

While you are cooking, you build up a huge collection of dishes used for cooking. Measuring spoons, bowls and cups pile up quickly. Everything starts collecting in the sink. These are the kinds of things that kids can wash, or rinse off and put in the dishwasher. Even the youngest ones can get involved and help the older ones.

Cooking

One of the biggest duties of a cook is stirring and mixing. Children can help with that. The older ones can even do the stirring on the stove top. The little ones can help mix the ingredients for you. There are even recipes that are easy for kids. They can make puddings or fun colored gelatins. Or they can make some very easy peanut butter cookies:

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 egg

Directions:
Mix all ingredients until a large ball is formed. Break the ball into 16 similar sized balls. Mash with fork in two directions on a cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 16 minutes.

In this recipe, the younger kids can do everything but put the cookies in the oven.

General Cleaning

Young children love to clean more than you might think. Give them a broom and they will do the best impression of sweeping the floor that they can. As they get older, they tend to grow out of this, so take advantage of it while you can! Give them a broom. Give them a duster. When they are old enough, let them run the vacuum, especially if you have a smaller, lightweight type. They will feel all grown up. Make sure to let them set the table; they love that. Teaching them to set a nice holiday table is not only a big help to you, but will give them something valuable to be proud of, too!

Conclusion

Children love to feel needed. They love helping adults because it makes them feel important and useful. The holidays are a great time to help improve their confidence by letting them do a lot of the chores, and you can have more time to enjoy the festivities.

 

Help Kids Organize Their Rooms

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When you are a mom on the go, it cannot escape your notice that your kid's room could use a little help! In the unending quest to keep everything clean and tidy, you may find that it is important to get a little organization into your child's bedroom. Take a moment to consider what your options might be and to learn how you can turn the room in question from a mess to a marvel!

First, teach your child that everything needs to have a permanent home. Go through their room and help them with this. Too many people assume that everything has its place. If there is something on the floor, draped over the chair or regularly shoved under the bed, you need to make sure that it has a home. Tell your child to place everything in a certain location. This makes for significantly more efficient cleaning.

Another thing to remember is that your child should pick things up a little bit every day. Though they might balk initially, you'll discover that your child can make a huge difference with regards to how neat their room is simply by spending five to ten minutes on picking up. This prevents them from needing to spend a lot of time picking up once a week or once every two weeks, and eventually, they will see how efficient this is.

When you want to help your child keep their room organized, take a moment to think about group cleans. Chores are always easier when there are a number of people doing it. This ensures that your child has a lot of support. If they feel that they are the only ones doing chores, they are going to get a lot more stubborn about things. Instead, why not start picking up your own room at the same time? If you make regular tidying a group activity, your kids will fall into line much more easily.

Remember that your child simply does not have the skills necessary to keep their room in good shape yet. This is not something that comes naturally to everyone, and because of that, you will find that it takes time and patience.

Your kid's room is a space that should be peaceful and tidy, so help them organize it. When you organize your child's room, you are giving them a much better chance of keeping everything in order.