I am linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea for my first ever Friday Favorites post! I have been reading these moms’ blogs for several years and their Friday posts are some of my favorites to read. This is a chance to share some fun things that have come across or been on my mind lately.
First, I thought I’d share one of my favorite traditions we do during the school year..Friday breakfast dates with the kids! Last year we started taking turns with the kids and going out for breakfast with one of them at a time. We take turns with each child so everyone gets some one on one time with each parent. It takes some adjusting of schedule that day and it’s not always easy to make happen but we try for most weeks! It’s really a chance to catch up and talk about anything that has been on the their minds. We love it because it’s a great way to kick off the weekend before it gets CRAZY. It’s rare to have one on one time these days.
Next, I’ve been talking with fellow moms lately about kids and chores. It seems like we all realize the importance of getting kids to learn chores early on. The hard part is finding a plan that works for everyone and that we can stick to longer than a week or two! We’ve tried many different methods at our house some of have worked better than others. What I’m finding is that simpler the plan the more likely it is for our family to stick to it. Each child is responsible to checking items off their list and turning it in at the end of the week. Some chores are daily and some are a few times a week.
This is what our current chart looks like. I just googled “free chore chart printable” to find the one we use. Then I used contact paper over the printable so we could use dry erase markers on it. Would love to hear your ideas and what you’ve found that works for your family!
Anyone else’s dinner table convos a little nutty? Either we can’t get anyone to tell us ANYTHING about their day or everyone wants to talk at the same time! My mom gave us box of Family Dinner Conversations and we have fun with it. It keeps us a little more focused and starts some great discussions that get everyone talking.
I’m still thinking about our neighborhood block party and the fun long weekend we had. My neighbor and I planned the block party for the second year in a row and while a lot of work it is totally worth it. It is great to connect with neighbors some of which we don’t see very often even though they live close by! The kids absolutely love it and I know they will cherish these memories. I’m working on a blog post that will give tips on how to plan a block party and some of the activities that worked for ours.
Lastly, I saw this sweet way to get your kids up and moving in the morning on the Today community page. I am going to give this a try since my kids do not want to wake up during the week. (Yet weekends they are up before 7…what gives?)
That about wraps up some of the things I’ve been thinking about this week. Hope you have a nice and relaxing weekend. I think I’ve held out as long as I can and will probably start decorating for fall. #bringonthepumpkins