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What My Kids Read: Family Snapshots

Liam and Paul have been helping a lot this week. I hit upon the idea of giving them a “bonus” assignment during our family clean-up time. Once their chores were done, they were to get rid of whatever toys they were willing to part with, and David and I would reward them with something consumable. I expected paper trash, maybe a small squirt gun, etc. but instead, they decided to cut down on their massive Nerf weapon collection – which called for a bigger prize than the original idea of a simple pack of gum. Once we surveyed their downsizing, we agreed to compensate with a tub of Twizzlers from Sam’s. I may regret the sugar high, but at least it will not be the pile of toys that was accumulating in their room. Brontë and Stella also downsized a little, and earned some jelly beans as a reward, so everyone was happy with the end result.

What My Kids Read: Family Snapshots

After turning into a chatterbox last week, Stella added to her activities this week by becoming extremely mischievous literally overnight. We can point to the day (Thursday last week) when she apparently woke up and decided to start making trouble. I’ve caught her putting several things into the toilet, climbing bookshelves, destroying the boys’  Lego creations, eating sugar out of the sugar bowl, and just general mayhem. It’s a good thing she’s as cute as she is – it almost makes up for the crazy shenanigans she has been up to!

What My Kids Read: Family Snapshots

Saturday night is our family’s night to kick off our day of rest. We try to end work (business and housework) at 6, have a fun dinner, and play boardgames together. The girls are still a little young for our favorite games, so unless we can keep them interested in being on one of our “teams,” it gets challenging to keep them entertained. I decided this week to start a little girl pamper time ritual – to give them something fun to look forward to, but also something that would hopefully help them wind down for bedtime. It’s nothing too elaborate. I just did a little hand scrub on their hands, pushed back their cuticles, and then massaged lotion on their hands and arms. They loved it! It reminded me of the great memories I have of my mom painting my toenails regularly (us Southern girls may be barefoot, but we don’t go anywhere without our toes painted!), and the fun my sisters and I had learning about caring for our nails from our glamorous great-grandmother. And, hopefully after putting the girls to bed, I can still make it back downstairs in time to play at least one board game with David and the boys!

What My Kids Read: Family Snapshots

We had our monthly gathering with our church this weekend. It was wonderful to be together in the big group again, and especially good to see some friends who have had troubles and hard things. This season is so very full for our family, it was just good to be able to hug necks and talk face-to-face for a few hours!

How was your week? Any ideas on motivating kids to declutter some toys? Have any mischievous, but cute toddlers in your home? Let me know in the comments!

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