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If the Kids Offered Parents Some Precious Time!

For years, my husband and I have been offering our children a “Rendez Vous”—one-on-one time to enjoy as they choose. (Click for free download)

This year, I want their time too.

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Royal Rights or Earned Privileges?

Child: "I want _______"

Parent: "You should ____"

How to make ends meet?  We found our answer in the distinction between rights and privileges.

Insight N°1:  they're different! 

Insight N°2:  privileges are earned.  Rights come from being part of the family. 

This distinction is invaluable faced with critical questions such as, "Can I watch TV after school?"  The answer may differ depending upon whether TV time is it a right or a privilege.

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De-Clutter: Tip 103 Keep the Jungle OUT

"See anything to pick up on your side?"

In an ideal world, children pick up their stuff and parents come home to a crispy clean, welcoming living room. Many of us, though, live in the jungle. Take courage; there are ways to tame it.

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De-clutter Kids’ Room Floor: Tip 102 Get Into the Habit

(This article is a sequel to Tip 101)

Leaving a room messy is a habit. Habits can be changed…with planning, consistency, and even fun. Include a clothes-putting-away-time into the daily schedule. Does laundry get folded when the little ones are asleep? Give them a cute daily reminder to put it away the following morningl.

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Kids' Clutter Clear 101: Clothes off the floor!

Some of my kids decorate the floor of their room with clothes. It's frustrating, especially when the clothes are (were) clean!  What to do about the clothes on the floor?

I give each child a pile of clean clothes and clear instructions: “Honey, put your shirts with your shirts, and your socks with your socks.” Closer inspection reveals that shirts and socks are in every drawer! No wonder they can’t find that favorite T-shirt…and not surprising that they no longer get to the drawers.

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Get the free downloads from Kids' Clutter Clear 101:  Clothes off the floor!. You'll need the access code given upon signing up with Home is Fun (free). 

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Mom's Family Calendar: Who does what and goes where when (But not why)

 by Sandra Boynton
This bestselling calendar looks great and is indispensable for families on the go. Mom’s starts in September and runs 16 full months. Spreads feature an oversized, vertical grid with five columns across (one for each family member) and the days of the month running down the left side. With just a glance, Mom & Dad can see who is doing what, and when.
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BUD Piggy Banks

BUD Piggy Bank: Pop Pig Posh Pig Bank by BUD
These cooooool designs make saving money hip. Is your child a superstar? Then let him save with Superstar Pig? Does your kid display Scottish frugality? He'll relate to McPig. She's into the latest fashion? Teach her to get one or two really hot items that will wow everyone. That means saving up for them...in Pop Pig. We love these BUD brand piggy banks: they are big time cute, unbreakable (that's money-saving for the parents and grandparents), and compact. And a full piggy bank lets parents teach the next lessons: savings accounts and wise investments!

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Superstar Pig Posh Pig Bank
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McPig Posh Pig Bank
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Pop Pig Posh Pig Bank
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The Frame of Fame

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We call this the Frame of Fame.  Show off those great grades, frame those house rules when kids act like they're forgetting them,and oooh and aaah over fun kids art.  The Frame of Fame = the affirmation tool par excellence!

Available in 2 sizes:
8.5 x 11 inches
  or 12 x 18 inches
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Moonjar: Spend, Save, & Share Moneybox

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Kids often don't need encouragement to spend, but they sure could use some to save and even more to share! Great idea. Now for the practice. Should there be three piggy banks? Where will they all live? ("Mom, Dad, you say my room looks like a pig sty, so they'll feel really comfy!") The Moonjar makes the process easy with younger kids and pre-teens too. It's three piggy banks in one. So every time Junior and Juniorette place money in the Spend bank, they are visually reminded to fill up the Save and Share ones too. Winner of four parenting awards...and it's worth it.
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