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Design Home literally went on an on, surprising us at every turn. You could probably fit twenty people in the master shower... and we were all trying to come up with creative scenarios where that would be appropriate. Zombie apocalypse? Who cares. Who wouldn't love all that space? Personally, I would hang out forever in the girl's bedroom. The light and color was amazing and I would totally want to be a kid in that room.
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We really, really love these kids - but dang it, we'd allowed them to become major slobs and disrespectful toward our home and each others property. We thought we'd tried everything to motivate our children to want to help keep this house in order with absolutely no success. They were the kings and queens of mess-making and we had become slaves to cleaning every bit of it up. It seemed hopeless and we knew that somehow it was all our fault.
For the past two years we've been trying to get our kids to help out around the house. We've known all along that when there are so many of us in one household, the maintenance of daily life builds up super quick. At times, we've gone from asking nicely, to yelling, to literally begging for them to listen and respect their home and to clean up after themselves. Last week, the hubby and I sat down and admitted that we simply can't keep doing this all by ourselves. Maybe it was all the toys constantly impeding on my home-office space or all the dish scrubbing that finally sent us over the edge, I don't know. My will to just keep going as we were going was at an end.
Where did we go wrong? Two years ago, we started with the allowance thing for chores that were completed each week. The littlest kids, toddlers at the time, cared nothing for money and therefore, did nothing to help. In fact, they did everything to make more work for us. Some would say, they're too young for chores. At times, we agreed. Our oldest child, eight, ended up doing all the chores and cleaning up after the others because she was the only one that wanted to save up for the things she wanted. After a while, she grew irritated with cleaning up after her siblings and chore time became her angry, stomping of the feet time which never got us anywhere without yelling matches ensuing.
With every failure, we tried something else. We moved on to a chore chart to separate each child's tasks in a place where it was visible to all who needed to do what and when. In addition to earning a small allowance, each chore completed earned a smiley face magnet. The little ones loved earning smiley faces but eventually everyone just lost interest and the messes started piling up again. After a while, the chore chart evolved into a system where if all four kids completed a certain task together (which required them to encourage each other) they could all earn the reward together. The catch was that they alone were responsible for completing their tasks. If they didn't encourage each other and complete the chores, then no one earned anything. Eventually, no one cared either way.
After my brief and much needed mental meltdown, my husband and I decided something. We'd let the toddlers get away with being "too young to take responsibility" for their home way too long. We'd let allowance become the ultimate goal for the older ones. We just plain did it all wrong. It was time to turn the tide.
WHY? BECAUSE WE, YOUR PARENTS, ARE TIRED OF DOING IT ALL ALONE. YOU ARE PART OF THIS HOUSEHOLD. YOU HAVE RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE PLACE THAT YO LIVE AND TO YOUR FELLOW FAMILY MEMBERS AND YOU WILL ALL TAKE PART IN TAKING CARE OF OUR HOME. EVERY ONE OF US WILL DO OUR PART. YOU MUST CLEAN THINGS. YOU GET NOTHING FOR DOING THESE CHORES. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! ... EXCEPT OUR SINCERE THANKS AND A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY TO YOUR FAMILY, TO YOUR BELONGINGS AND TO THE PLACE THAT YOU LIVE. YOU MIGHT EVEN FEEL PROUD OF YOURSELF. WHEN YOU HAVE MET YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES, YOU MAY DO FUN THINGS. THE END.
Guess what? All four of these silly creatures have been cleaning like they've never cleaned before and without too much complaint. In fact, some of them have asked for more chores (not all of them, I said some). Yes, I am totally confused. After seeing how successful this new routine has been, I'm even more confused by our past treatment of chores and our kids. Why the heck were we handing over money to our son and daughter without ever establishing a sense of natural responsibility? We're a family of seven for goodness sake! We all have to help keep this ship afloat.
There will be a lot more cleaning going on around here and I will be doing a little less of it. BECAUSE THAT IS HOW IT SHOULD BE. I'm hoping with all my being that this cleaning without monetary reward thing, because-you-have-to thing will be the glue that finally sticks.
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I've got two very different boys. My four year old is the rough and tumble, beat everything up, yell everything he says kid. He just loves trucks and anything with wheels. My six old is more reserved, more into characters and super heroes and story lines. He doesn't care too much for trucks and things that go. However, Monster Jam was the best of both worlds, pleasing them both. Each truck had a "personality" and my six year old thought that was great. It was a little bit like wrestling when the drivers made their victory speeches and taunted the audience but not on a ridiculous level like wrestling. It was kid-friendly. He couldn't wait to get his hands on his favorite souvenir truck to take home. My four year old, on the other hand, loved the stunts and the cheering and all the noise.
There's still time to check out Monster Jam tonight at Wells Fargo Center. Check it out tonight at 7:30 PM!
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I'm taking my Dad and my two boys so we'll be back to the blog this weekend with a review of the event. I'm assuming that my rough and tumble, toy smashing, destroy-everything-in-sight four year old is going to think the whole thing is amazing. He loves trucks. He also loves to smash them into things likes walls... and his little sister. Sigh. Therefore, Monster Jam is right up his alley. I'm slightly more than a bit excited to take him.
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My husband happened to be surfing for the first time in ten years when "Genie" the 14-foot Great White Shark decided to visit the coast of Assateague Island, Maryland last month. No, he didn't come face to face with Genie. In fact, we found her ping marker in an online map in our exact location and time we were there using OCEARCH.ORG. Of course, we happened upon this data the day after his surfing adventure. I'm not sure he would have gone in the water if he'd known ahead of time. When he did find out who he was swimming with, he was pretty impressed with himself.
Whether you want to check out who is or who is not in your area when you're taking a swim at the beach, OCEARCH Shark Tracker is an incredible tool to have at your fingertips. OCEARCH is an ambitious shark tagging project that provides you the ability to track over one hundred sharks, seventy of them Great Whites, along the Eastern seaboard in real time online. The OCEARCH mission is global conservation for these apex predators as well as public safety. For our family, OCEARCH makes shark education accessible to the kids, who love to track their favorite sharks up and down the coast. When a shark pings in near us, we all get so excited.
Sharks are infinitely amazing creatures, predating pretty much anything on this planet with a spine. OCEARCH makes these apex predators of the seas more accessible to us landlubbers while promoting their conservation as well as your protection.
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Our kids need to know that Great White Sharks are particularly vulnerable since humans have over hunted them for years and years. Tracking sharks allows scientists to understand their lives and behaviors. Why continue to conserve and protect the Great White Shark? Apex predators are like the lions of the ocean, keeping the ecosystem in balance. To remove the king of the food chain would disrupt the entire system. Not to mention, a creature that's been around for as long as sharks deserves some serious respect.
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Since we were in such close proximity to her, Genie remains our favorite shark to track. She was originally the first shark tagged in the OCEARCH project. She was tagged in Cape Cod back in September of 2012. She measures 14 feet and 8 inches long and weighs in at 2292 pounds and has traveled nearly 5000 miles since she was tagged. She's not as coast-hugging as some other sharks but her travels are fascinating. In the past year, she's traveled up and down the East Coast, from Rhode Island down to the bottom of Georgia and back again. She last pinged in at sea off of Georgia and South Carolina in late July.
Remember, if you want a healthy ocean, you need sharks!
The Shark Party Menu.
Fish sticks or homemade fried fish. Substitute mozzarella sticks if you're not a seafood family.
Seaweed Salad (we just used all green veggies like cucumbers, green peppers and onions). Top it off with some Italian dressing.
Dessert can be as creative as you want. We chose cream cheese, crushed pineapples and whipped marshmallow for a pie. After mixing up all the ingredients, we added blue-raspberry
flavoring in our cheesecake-marshmallow pie, to turn the whole thing blue. Then we used whipped cream to shape some waves on top, and carved chocolate into shark fins, which popped out from the waves.
The Shark Party Crafts.
We make Shark Hats every year and wear them when we watch Shark Week. This year's hats were more creative than ever.
Grab some construction paper, scissors, glue and tape. Measure the bands first, then cut out your shark head shapes and attach the mouths, teeth and eyes. Attach the shark's head to the band using tape, for immediate wear.
For our 4th annual Shark Week Blog Event, we'll be focusing on kid-friendly shark fun and hosting an awesome giveaway at the end of the week. So let's get our Shark Hats ready, (see here) bake up some Shark-friendly treats (see here) and get this week-long Shark Party started.
Here's a rundown of Shark Week's 2014 lineup:
Sunday, August 10. 8 PM: Air Jaws: Fins of Fury. 9 PM: Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine.
Monday, August 11. 8 PM: Great White Serial Killer. 9 PM: Jaws Strikes Back. 10 PM: Monster Hammerhead.
Tuesday, August 12. 9 PM: Alien Sharks: A Return to the Abyss. 10 PM: Lair of the Mega Sharks.
Wednesday, August 13. 9 PM: Zombie Sharks. 10 PM: Spawn of Jaws: The Birth.
Thursday, August 14th. 8 PM: I Escaped Jaws 2. 9 PM: Sharkageddon.
Friday, August 15th. 8 PM: Megalodon: The Extended Cut. 9 PM: Megaladon: New Evidence.
Saturday, August 16th: 9 PM: Great White Matrix.