Summer Boredom Idea Box

We were given the Nintendo and Lego items for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

It is officially the second day of summer break here and I didn’t want to hear the dreaded words, “I’m bored” all summer! I prepared ahead of time and created what we are calling, the Summer Boredom Box this year. It is a summer boredom idea box that is used as a reward system for when chores get done.

Summer Boredom Box Idea on www.girllovesglam.com

I wanted it to be used as a reward system, so that we were sure to get chores done before anything else. I also wanted it to be kept in a box that only one thing is taken out each day, so that everything is looked at as a novelty. Some days, we will be going out and doing fun activities after chores are done, so the box won’t be necessary on those days. But I will tell you, being on day 2 of summer break, I am already grateful that we have this box of goodies! [Read more…]

Teaching Toddlers Laundry Skills. Stop Sorting Laundry!

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It is every mother’s dream. The day that her kids can do chores. The day that mom doesn’t have to do absolutely everything to keep the house in order. Well, that day may come sooner than you think! I believe that toddlers are capable of having chores of their own! Recently, I have started teaching my 2 year old how to do laundry. She absolutely loves it! It makes her feel like a grown up, while she is honestly helping me out with one of my least favorite household chores. One of the biggest frustrations early on, was trying to teach her to sort the laundry by certain types of colors and if the item would bleed more than others. Thankfully I was able to stop sorting laundry all together and I don’t have to go through that frustration anymore!

Teaching Toddlers Laundry Skills

Enter Purex® No Sort™! The rules have changed in laundry! We have to reprogram our brains with this laundry detergent. We no longer have to sort out our laundry like we used to. This detergent has anti- color-transfer technology that traps loose dyes in the wash and doesn’t let them get on other fabrics. Of course it is always good to put strongly colored fabrics like new clothing and jeans in a separate load for at least 5 times, but beyond that, there is no sorting required!

That is why it is perfect to help teach toddlers to do laundry! Teaching them the ins and outs of laundry sorting can be tough and can be something that they could learn later, but for a 2 year old it was just too much right now. Here is what I taught my two year old about doing laundry.

Teaching Toddler's Chores

First, we bring her laundry hamper out to the laundry room and I let her put all of her dirty laundry into the washing machine. Remember the no sorting thing? I can just have her dig right into those dirty clothes and put them all into the washing machine at once!

Teaching Toddlers to do chores

Then, I get a chair for her to stand on and get the laundry soap out.

Todder Chores

I measure out the amount of laundry soap that we need and then I have her dump the laundry soap into the compartment. She feels like such a big helper when she does this part.

Toddler Laundry Chores

I tell her what buttons to push to get the washing machine started and she gets to start the load of laundry up!

Cleaning list free printable

Next we head over to the cleaning list that I have. I recommend having a cleaning list for your family to see what needs to get done so that it can be a very visual, hands on experience. You can find my free printable cleaning list HERE.

Teaching Toddlers Responsibility through chores

I give her the dry erase marker and show her what chore to mark off. She feels like she is helping out our family by doing what she sees mom doing all of the time. It has been a really fun experience to watch her learn and grow as I let her help me with little chores around the house. Laundry is definitely a favorite of hers.

Remember to keep your kids safe! That is always going to be the first priority. Don’t leave any stools or chairs near the washing machine when there isn’t adult supervision around. Don’t ever leave your child by the laundry machines without adult supervision either. It is important to teach children how to be responsible, but it is more important to keep them safe!

Purex No Sort Laundry Detergent at Walmart

You can find the Purex® No Sort™ laundry detergent at Walmart in the laundry detergent section. I found mine up on the very top shelf, closest to the edge.

Rethink how you do laundry too by following Purex on Pinterest, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook!

What chores do you teach your toddlers?

New Pretty Chore List

I am sure that most of you have seen my organization board. It basically rocks my world. But not all things are perfect. That is why I needed to do a little tweaking… The chore list.
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My first chore list came from Brown Paper Packages. I love it. BUT she is a little more clean than I am apparently. I just couldn’t keep up with some of her chores. Plus, the color of her chart clashed just enough with the green color that I chose, that it really drove me crazy. Enter my new list…
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I am offering this list that is customized for you over on my Etsy shop. If you would like this list customized to what you need, please go there to purchase. You can find that HERE.

SO much better! The color matches perfectly and the chores are ones that actually need done at my house. Who else is loving the new look? I can’t wait to do it this way! If you want to use this, just save the picture and print it off. Please only use this for personal use! This is still very much inspired by Brown Paper Packages and I can’t take any credit for the design, just the chores that I do!