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post #681 of 752
So that I'm not too late later, GOOD LUCK RACERS for this weekend...

towsonmama - Dreaded Druid Hills 10k - June 28
tjsmama - Danskin Women's Tri - Denver -June 29

post #682 of 752
This is soooooooo OT but...how much do you have your kids pick up after themselves? Our house is always in shambles and I have to constantly be after the kids to pick up after themselves. DH and I just get tired of picking up after them all the time and having to be "on" them all the time. I want them to be respecful of their living space and responsible for their things.

Sorry so short gotta take ds3 to the doc, I'm worried that he has an ear infection. Ds1 is still peeing all the time.

Lisa
post #683 of 752
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So, does the princess thing skip a generation? how does it work? my mom was a tom boy and I was very prissy and into dress up and princesses... is this a good empirical model for predicting that DD will be a tom boy? I was kind of looking forward to the princess stage
Not sure there is a good model for it!

My mom=tomboy
Me=tomboy
My sister=girly girl*
DD1=tomboy
DD2=girly girl

Can't say I was looking forward to the princess stage...but it has helped me relax quite a bit - I've realized that it's really NOT all that big a deal; in fact, most things that I stress about are NOT big deals....

Now if only Said Princess would let me wash her hair more than twice a month.....

*she's also out and proud, further muddying the stereotypical waters
post #684 of 752
The princess thing is a stage! But with dd1 at least it was a long one. She was in it probably from about 2.5 to 6. And I didn't think there was any princessyness in my genes or dh's. I'm sure it is just the inescapable culture.
I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who can't get a hold of my dd to wash her nasty ratty stinky hair! Oy!

Go Racers!!!!
post #685 of 752
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This is soooooooo OT but..how much do you have your kids pick up after themselves?
everything. you take it out, you put it away (kids are 7 and 3). i will help, especially the 3 yo, by making it a game - can you clean up the tracks before i clean up the trains? but the vast majority of their mess is cleaned up by them. 7 yo also puts away her own laundry and makes her bed.

in general, though, we do a LOT of house stuff cooperatively here - and they have their individual jobs (3 y.o. feeds the dog and puts the pots away from the dishwasher, 7 yo gives the dog water and sorts the silverware, they both help put away groceries, set the table, prep for cooking meals, clear own plates, etc.).
post #686 of 752
Princess thing-Both of my older girls outgrew it by elementary school and now wouldn't be caught dead with anything "princess". They think it's "babyish" now.

Cleaning up after themselves-Ugh. This is a huge stress in my life. My two older girls are just complete slobs. They are also packrats. They keep every.single.thing they can. They are allowed to keep their room messy (but it has to be walkable for emergencies) and they can keep the playroom messy (but can't invite anyone over unless it's clean). I'm OK with those rooms being messy b/c I can shut the doors. It's their stuff spilling out and being left all over the house that makes me nuts. And Jojo just carries random stuff around and then leaves it all over the house. Oy. When I ask the older two to pick up their stuff, they act like I've asked them to turn over all worldly goods and become nuns. Seriously, I need help in this area.

Zumba done this morning. My legs/rear end are SO sore from yesterday. Ouch.
post #687 of 752
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So, does the princess thing skip a generation? how does it work? my mom was a tom boy and I was very prissy and into dress up and princesses... is this a good empirical model for predicting that DD will be a tom boy? I was kind of looking forward to the princess stage
empirical model


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This is soooooooo OT but...how much do you have your kids pick up after themselves?
When our house is in shambles it usually means it is time to put some of the toys away. In winter we keep more toys out because the kids are using the space inside more. But when I begin to feel like toys are taking over the adult space then I begin to ship them down to the basement playroom (cold) space.

The kids' bedroom is toy-free by design -- makes sleeping easier on dd1.

We have an art table that has to contain the art stuff. It is usually a mess because dd1 is a slob. But every now and again I mandate a clean up/clear out. Any "trash"/"treasure" that is there and not being used (shiny boxes, etc that dd wanted to save) is recycled.

Your mileage may vary: on cleaning up I ask my oldest (5.5) to "go upstairs and rate the bedroom and the guest room on a scale of 1-10". We shoot for 80% clean before bathtime and when it gets down to the nitty gritty I just do it. So if dd comes down and says her room is a 8, then I go up there with her, help her do the last few bits and shuffle her off to the tub. Threatening to vacuum random small bits helps.
post #688 of 752
I haven't done any exercise today. I just wanted to relax after the VBS week.

HBM..my kids get "tired" when it's time to clean up!

I could use some tips too in the clean up department. One thing that works for me is that I make a list of things for each kid to do. Usually 5 or 6 things. Then give them a pencil to check off when each item is done. Sometimes I make it detailed because if say put the shoes away they might just throw them in the garage. So, I write "put shoes away neatly on your shelf!

We have a few regular type chores like feed the dog and help unload the dishwasher.

Love to hear more ideas!
post #689 of 752
Sorry-my last post sounded pretty negative. I am frustrated with having kid stuff everywhere, but my girls do help out around the house. They help take out the trash, bring in the trash can/recycling bin, unload the dishwasher, fold the napkin/dish towel load, put their folded clothes away, etc. Age appropriate stuff. I just get really irritated by all of the junk-you know party favors, old notes, cards, papers, catalogs (darn you American Girl and your catalogs . I don't understand why they don't want to throw away/recycle ANY of their stuff.

My kids love to vacuum, so that's a reward for getting a room picked up enough.

And don't even get me started on the mess that is my van. The good news is that should we ever get stranded in the van, we could live for a long time on the water bottles, sippy cups and cheerios that abound in there. :
post #690 of 752
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This is soooooooo OT but...how much do you have your kids pick up after themselves?
5 minute pick up. Or, one song played on the stereo LOUD. We rush around and see how much we can get picked up in 5 minutes. We do this between dinner and bed time just about every day. If we keep the toy population down enough, surprisingly, we can keep the house marginally picked up this way. One of us picks up with the kids, often challenging to see who can pick up 50 things before the song ends, who can pick up everything with pink on it before the song ends, etc. The other parent puts dinner away and dishes in the dishwasher.
post #691 of 752
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So that I'm not too late later, GOOD LUCK RACERS for this weekend...

towsonmama - Dreaded Druid Hills 10k - June 28
tjsmama - Danskin Women's Tri - Denver -June 29

I can't wait to her about both of these races!

Go Racers!!!!
post #692 of 752
Ok, I know towsonmama is offline and won't see it, but maybe she can "feel" the internet vibes being sent her way.


GO TOWSONMAMA!!!



Ok ladies, I need some opinions here! I'm in ceiling fan indecision hell. I bought two more fans today (one from Costco, one from Lowes) and can't figure out which one I like. Option #1 or Option #2. I like the modern styling of #2, but prefer the color of #1 and think that it looks a little more expensive/nicer (which would be nice since we will probably be selling within a year or so). They are both the same price (because #1 has a $20 rebate), #1 is a little bigger. H was pretty much no help, liked #2 because it was modern, but liked the color of #1. Gee thanks. Our furniture is mission-style in a tobacco-ish shade, if that helps.


Tomorrow is my first-ever dingo meet-up! : I'm so excited! I'm driving down to Colorado Springs to meet up with Geofizz and have lunch with her before she heads back home from her conference. Yay!


ETA: Just posted a gardening update (with pictures) on my blog! I ate my first strawberry today, woohoo! Poppy, you have to check out my herbs! :
post #693 of 752
I like ceiling fan #1
post #694 of 752
hi there, I'm posting mid-tantrum (in the "in your room" stage) and I'm just hoping that dd doesn't actually rip the baby gate out of the wall (it's bolted in). We had a lovely evening with HBM and family, let them stay up a bit late, and the reward we get is complete nastiness this morning.

I did have a nice recovery run this morning, 3 miles, and I swear if I did not..... must go visit the GD forum to calm down.....

ETA: Non-Runner Dies while Not Running Runner's World goes Onion on us.
post #695 of 752
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ETA: Non-Runner Dies while Not Running Runner's World goes Onion on us.
At first, i was like "Huh???"... then after reading a 2nd time, it's pretty funny. But it seems to have offended many by reading teh comments
post #696 of 752
Yeah, I know, but it's supposed to poke fun at people who say that running is dangerous, vs. non-running. If it offends anyone here I'll gladly pull it...
post #697 of 752
OT, anyone use steam rooms or saunas? I'm ISO info! TIA
http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=922822

MB, the story didn't offend me, the 2nd time I read it, I found it pretty funy (espec the part about the fried chicken, hee hee)
post #698 of 752
Oh MB, I hope things have calmed down. What a drag to have that drama right after a nice run. That RW bit is funny. Very Onion indeed. It's funny how people get all offended by a little satire even when it isn't directed at them. This society has gotten so thin-skinned!

So I guess I should be running right now, it is gorgeous here this morning. But I didn't want to wake everyone up getting my running gear in the dark room. But I haven't had a chance to enjoy a quiet morning all to myself (well, Ali G is up with me but happily gumming a bracelet and being very good and quiet) so I guess I won't feel too guilty!

Anyway -
CherylAnn! It's great to see you back here! I missed you! If you're going to be in Wenatchee cheering on Megan maybe I'll have to make a little trip out that way, when is it? I'll scroll back and look.

Geo - Great tip on the speed clean up. Right now our house is nearly always in a state of tenuous array. Mostly it's because we don't have any storage type furniture and it's hard to put clothes away without them. But I'll keep that trick in mind for when we do have a place to stash everything.

Gaye - I like #1 too, it has more character

Okay, the rest of the gang has arrived so I'm off. Racers !
post #699 of 752
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I just get really irritated by all of the junk-you know party favors, old notes, cards, papers, catalogs (darn you American Girl and your catalogs . I don't understand why they don't want to throw away/recycle ANY of their stuff.
We have this problem, as well as the general toy pick up problem. I read somewhere (an MDC mama's blog?) where a mother thought that her daughter saw the stuff as an extension of herself, and therefore couldn't bear to part with it. This makes sense to me, but I don't know exactly how to teach that stuff is just stuff and EK won't lose part of herself by throwing it away. I think I probably am cut from much the same cloth, unfortunately.

Every once in a while I bag up all the junky stuff and label the bag and hide it, and then if EK hasn't asked about any of it a month or two later, then I toss it. But this is just the little stuff - not real toys.

EK makes a giant mess and I think it's hard for her to know where to start to clean it up. Sometimes it's such a mess that *I* don't know where to start. I figure it has to do with her cognitive ability, so I try to be very specific and tell her what to pick up, but then the excuses start of being tired, etc. etc. She also gets sidetracked into playing with the stuff she's supposed to be putting away.

We do the song thing sometimes. We have a playlist on iTunes of "EK's pick-up songs." Unfortunately the concept of working as hard as you can during the few songs has more or less lost its punch.

Sigh.

Off to MIL's for the day, wish I had time to write more...
post #700 of 752
7.5 done in extreme humidity. Blech. I was struggling today b/c my legs are toast from the last couple of days workouts. I think I will skip body sculpt next week before the P'tree. I'm stinky and heading for the shower.


GO TOWSONMAMA!

Go TJSMAMA!
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