Don’t do for your children…

I recently did a Facebook live video where I talked about how moms couldn’t get their kids to do chores. And I kinda got onto the moms just a little, because, well, they ARE the parent.

The answer to this problem is this: As soon as your child is capable of doing jobs, take the time to teach her to do the jobs and then lovingly hold them responsible

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For when you’re exhausted

You are exhausted. Flat.out.pooped. A 2 hour nap probably wouldn’t even help, this is such a deep exhaustion.

How can you be a mom and take care of others when you are already drop-dead tired?

Below are 10 things you should give a try when you are exhausted:

1. Grab a stack of books and crawl on the couch or bed and let them *read* to you.

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The down-and-dirty quick clean up trick

Let’s just go ahead and admit it, our houses do not look like Better Homes and Gardens. If you’ve got kids, your house is lived in, and most likely looks like it. While we would like to have a cleaner house, and the time to actually CLEAN it, sometimes you just gotta get into crisis mode. (See 10 steps to clean your house fast)

Maybe a friend calls and says

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20 ways to help your child succeed in school

Being an involved parent is so crucial to your child’s success. Teachers are doing the best that they can with the situations they are in. Having parents involved in their child’s education process makes a world of difference, for the teacher, but more importantly for your child.

Below are just 20 ways you can help ensure your child’s success:

• Know the names of your child’s teachers.

• Know

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How to spend less time in front of the kitchen sink

Dishes can be the bane of a mom’s soul. They can drive her batty. They can make her feel weighed down. But wait, these are just dirty dishes, right? They are inanimate objects. We can surely take control over them.

Below are 7 tips to enable you to spend less time in front of the sink

1. Designate a cup or sports bottle for each person in the

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20 ways to keep kids busy while lying sick on the couch

Maybe you’re pregnant and on bedrest.

Or maybe you have a little one that is up several times to nurse so you are sleep deprived.

Maybe you work long hours or late into the night.

Maybe you are caring for a sick family member.

Maybe you have a chronic illness yourself.

And maybe you are more than one of these.

Here are

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Top 10 favorite Christmas movies, for kids and parents

I took a poll from some very smart women, the moms on my Facebook page! I asked about their favorite kid-friendly and family movies (TV specials included), as well as their favorite grown-up movies for the holidays. This post is the result of that poll (in no particular order):

Top 10 kids’ Christmas movies

1. Elf

2. The Grinch that Stole Christmas (and the new Grinch)

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Getting children to help with chores {infographic)

Although I have already written about it here (see: Teaching children to do their fair share around the house), when this infographic was sent to me, I just had to share it with my readers. Some good stuff on here.

NOTE: Also check out my post Using chore charts to reduce mom stress, as well as A Slob Comes Clean’s book Teaching Kids to Clean.

Also check out

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Teaching little ones what Christmas is really about

As we go into the holiday season, we want our children to not get caught up in the hustle and bustle and the “gimmes”. We can put out nativity sets, we can color pictures of Mary and Joseph and baby Jesus, but are they *really* getting it?

I love what one of my favorite bloggers does. Instead of putting presents under the tree in the weeks leading up to

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6 steps to define your priorities this holiday season

As we head full swing into the holiday season, with all its hustle and bustle, it is easy to get caught up and lost in our list of things to do, our events and activities to go to. We may get so busy just going, that we don’t even realize that we are not enjoying ourselves.

In America, especially, there is huge cultural pressure to do so much. I mean,

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