School Lunch Boxes and Kids Chores

I wish I was the mom who let my kids have school lunches. I have seen the school lunches and I am glad they are there as an option for some kids but my kids will not be eating them. Maybe on a rare occasion I do let them have it, but not usually. I can’t let Aj have school lunch for he gets really stuck in a routine so if he has it one week he will want it that same day next week, and so on and so forth.

This means every night of the week I am to make a new lunch for my kids. I try to spruce things up but overall they end up with similar lunches each week. I usually try to sneak in a healthy option of cucumbers or sliced peppers or something for the little man because I am determined to get that kid to like more food options besides unhealthy ones.

Kids Can do Chores From age 2 and up

After a long day of work at home, picking up kids and dealing with homework. The last thing I want to do is pack up a lunch. Sure, I have been making uncrustables from home on the weekends. It helps alleviate some time. I also slice up green or red peppers to place in sandwich bags for quick toss into the lunch boxes but that doesn’t alleviate the time needed to clean each of the three kids lunch boxes out and pack it all up for the next day.

This is where chore ideas are coming in. I need my three kids to get back on track with chores. I think their new responsibility will be to empty and clean out their own lunch boxes. Why not? They are 5, 7 and 11 plenty old enough for that task and as I have sunk into this life I am currently living, I have started to lose some of myself and that includes making kids do some chores. We are a family and the kids have always had responsibilities but I got sucked into where I am now and they have fallen backwards along with me. It’s time to start assigning lunch box cleaning to the kids.

I think the best way to alleviate the chore list for mom is to encourage more involvement from the kids! At age 2 the kids are plenty old enough to start having small tasks to do around the house. I have always explained chores to my kids like this, “we are a family and as such, we are to each do a small part to help each other lead a funner day. If we each have a task to do, that alleviates it from Mom’s hands and in turn creates more time for us to spend together having fun!”

Wish me luck …. it’s never easy to get kids BACK into chores after slacking for over a year!

 

Will Early Retirement Satisfy You?

The idea of early retirement can be a really attractive one to some people. Not having to get up for work every day, especially on a Monday can feel like it will be a fantastic thing. However, early retirement can bring problems which are worth considering when you are thinking about whether you should choose it or not.

Standard of Living

Money is an important consideration when you are thinking about retirement. You may have a pension fund, but that is unlikely to pay out until you reach an older age. Sometimes you can draw on it early but you may find that if you do this then you will have to draw less money each month, which make it more difficult to manage as you get older. You may use a lump sum of money, but you may be better off keeping this for a bit longer in case you need it to fall back on when you get older. You do not want to have to contemplate selling your property, using credit cards or payday loans, retirement doesn’t like those type of invesments.

Boredom

Once you stop having to use your brain each day, seeing new things and people, you may find that you start to get bored. You may enjoy going out and about for a while, perhaps travelling and seeing family. You may want to do some work on the house or take time to do some hobbies. However, you cannot do these things forever and so you will need to consider whether you might regret early retirement and wish you had kept the work out for as long as you could have.

Social Factors

In most jobs people have a lot of social interaction. They will get a chance to meet other people and talk to them and maybe deal with new people on a regular basis. Once retired there will be no interaction with work colleagues or customers. This may be a relief to some people initially, but it can get lonely once you are not seeing different people each day.

Relationship with partner

The relationship that you have with your partner could change once you retire. You will see a lot more of them and this could be difficult. You may no longer have so many things to talk about as you will not be discussing what you were doing at work that day. You may find that you like seeing more of each other but it will bring a change to your relationship. You may find that it changes in an unexpected way.

Give the Gift of Sports Illustrated Kids this Holiday Season

Have a sports nut kid in the house? I do. He is six years old and not quite sure where he got his sports addiction from because no one here nor his Dad watches sports. This kid loves soccer, football, basketball, you name it, he wants to play it. Although at age six he can only play soccer, t-ball, wrestling or basketball. This winter Basketball is going to be his sport and he is so excited!

What my six year old wouldn’t give to have mail from Sports Illustrated Kids and you can give your little sports fan this gift this holiday season for cheap!

FYI:

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Kids is THE magazine for boys and girls who love sports. It presents sports the way kids want to read about them: with great action photos, easy-to-read stories about star athletes, helpful instructional tips from the pros, and humor, comics, and activities. SI Kids is a great way to encourage kids to read, and it has won highest honors from the Association of Educational Publishers and the Parents’ Choice Award.

This will make the best stocking stuffer this year, so head on over and subscribe to SI Kids Magazine today and get your kid happy about sports and enjoying more of them!

Disclosure: We receive a Christmas stocking full of promotional material and a free one-year subscription from SI Kids

How To Diffuse an Angry Child {Interview}

If you have read my blog since the beginning, you have read some stories of the angry child. My middle son recently diagnosed bipolar had some major issues with anger outbursts. Mostly at home, because outside of the home he had such major anxiety that it kept his anger at bay, for the most part.

So being a loving, patient and positive Mom has meant I was okay with dealing with an angry child but let me tell you what, my patience were tried over and over again so when I was recently approached to share my tips and answer questions about how to diffuse the anger bomb in children, I was all for sharing my tips with other parents.

If you want to read the interview that was taken by myself and a couple other woman, please check out the article that features my answers as well as resources we all use for parenting advice; Diffusing the Anger Bomb in Children.

Image courtesy of Arvind Balaraman / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Sunday Quotes: Wisdom, Happiness & Dealing With Others

Quotes that make you think, quotes that make you wonder, quotes that make you smile,  that  is what Sunday is all about! Enjoy :-)

It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves. — Francois De La Rochefoucauld

One who understands much displays a greater simplicity of character than one who understands little. –Alexander Chase

Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need. — Voltaire

The best way out is always through. — Robert Frost

Try not to become a man of success but a man of value. — Albert Einstein

The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be.– Horace Bushnell

You must look into other people as well as at them. — Lord Chesterfield

We are far more liable to catch the vices than the virtues of our associates.– Denis Diderot

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few; and let those be well-tried before you give them your confidence. — George Washington

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