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The Life of A Single Mother: Busy, Busy, Busy

Do you ever have problems keeping up with everything that you have to do? Does it sometimes feel like life would be easier if you could hand over some of your responsibilities to someone else?

I missed a whole week here, and I apologize. So much has been going on. I am having difficulties keeping up with everything. I am back now, and I will be catching up with the posting that I have missed, on top of doing the posting for the coming week. You will not miss out on anything. I promise.

As I said, I have been busy:

  • I walk every day.
  • I had a variety Show to go to, where my daughter was waitressing for her Key Club.
  • I went out to eat twice with my best friend, and to the movies with her last night. We saw Taken, which I highly recommend.
  • I am organizing and deep cleaning the living room, and trying to get other things done before next week as well. I start babysitting again within the week, and will be doing so away from home during the day. I want my daughter and I to be able to get to our chores quickly each day.
  • I am also starting a freelance career, which will be taking up a lot of my time. This blog is actually part of that career.
  • I have begun some online courses in the writing field.

Business is as business does, and this single mother has been doing a lot.

Shannon

P.S. What is keeping you busy at this time?


What Chores can My Children do?

This is a common question from many parents. They are wondering what, if anything, there children can do to help out at home at different ages.

Giving children chores provides many benefits:

  • It teaches them responsibility.
  • It shows them that they are important in the up-keeping of their home.
  • It shows them that they are valued for their skills.
  • It shows them that can can accomplish new tasks.
  • They will know that you value their ability to help out when needed.
  • It helps take a little of the load of you, which is especially helpful to single mothers who work inside our outside of the home.

So, what can your children do? Well, that all depends on their ages and abilities, as well as on what you need done. Here are some guidelines:

Toddlers:

  • Pick up their toys and put them in their toy boxes.
  • ‘Help’ mom with little tasks.
  • Pick up their books.
  • Clear their places at the table.
  • Put dirty clothes in the hamper.

Pre-school aged children:

  • Sort socks and match them up while mom is folding laundry.
  • Learn to put clean clothes in drawers with moms help.
  • Pick up after their various activities.
  • ‘Help’ mom with easy food prep.

Young elementary school aged children:

  • They can do everything above on their own.
  • They can also do more food preparation on their own. They can pour their own cereal and measure things out more easily.
  • They can help with younger siblings.
  • Clean the bathroom sink area.
  • Sweep floors.

Older elementary age children:

  • Take out trash.
  • Do some supervised cooking.
  • Vacuum.
  • Dust.
  • Unload the dishwasher or wash dishes in the sink.
  • Strip the beds.
  • Fold laundry and put away.

Teenagers:

  • Young teens should begin learning about the rest of the chores as well as home maintenance. They should also learn things like grocery shopping and menu planning.
  • Older teens should be able to do everything by themselves, but should not be expected to do everything each day. Find the schedule that works best for your family. They may also benefit from a savings/checking account, using their own money.

Hopefully, these guidelines will help you to create the perfect task plans for all of your children.

Shannon

P.S. What chores do you have your children doing at what ages? Let us know by commenting on this post. Your advice will help many other single mothers. Thank you.

Other Articles of Interest:

Children and Boredom

Rewarding Good Behaviour


Children and Boredom

Do you here, “Mom! I’m bored,” often in your household? I do here, sometimes.

I have a theory:

It is okay to be bored! I just don’t want to continuously hear about it. It can become quite annoying.

What can happen when a child is bored?

Many things. They may make up games, make a new friend, play with their siblings, or even create a new game. They may figure out that they can do any number of things. Or they may decide to enjoy a good book.

What happens in my home when children insist upon annoying me with a lot of complaining about how bored they are? (Hehehehe!)

I give the chores. There are many that they can do. (This is my policy, and I’m sticking to it.)

How often do they complain too much?

Not often.

The moral of the (non) story?

Children who do not want many chores should find ways to entertain themselves.

Why?

Because parents can not entertain children every second of the day.

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Well, that’s how it works in my home anyway. What do you all do when your children are bored but you can’t entertain them?

Shannon

P.S. What do you do when your children are complaining about being bored? Let us know in the comment section. Thank you.

Other Articles of Interest:

Family Bowling

Rewarding Good Behaviour

What Chores can My Children Do?

Are You Really Listening to Your Teenager?

How Can Teenagers Acquire Privileges?

When Should a Teenager Lose His/Her Privileges?