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It is never to early to start….Purposeful Parenting. September 29, 2011

I love this!  I once heard that the number one way to guarantee a child’s success later in life is to give them age appropriate responsibilities/chores starting very early in life.   This advice has stuck with me and I strongly believe in it.  As you know, I have twin 3 year old girls.  They have had chores since they were able to walk!  It started with them picking up their toys before bedtime.  We made up a clean-up song and they would just “sing” away while putting all their toys in the basket.  They still do this…don’t get me wrong…they are 3! so we have good days and bad days!  Fortunately because this routine was established at a very young age most days they just automatically start picking up their toys when mom and dad start singing the clean-up song.

As they get older, we have added to their responsibilities.  They now are responsible for clearing their plate off the table after dinner, letting the dog go in and out to go potty and opening the new trash bag when the trash is being taken out.  And generally, they LOVE helping out! In fact, their favorite phrase right now is “I do it, I do it!”  Which sometimes makes me want to pull my hair out!  HA!

Purposeful Parenting:
It’s a great time to teach a child to get organized! Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, friend, or neighbor, the skills you share will remain with kids for a lifetime. Here are some tips that can be used with your favorite kids of all ages.
• Make organizing a part of each day. It’s important to teach kids that every item they own has a “home” where it needs to return when they’re done using it. Let kids know that they need to be responsible for their own possessions. Establish simple routines like making their own beds and keeping the floor clear. Have a ten-minute clean-up every night before bedtime.
• Sort and containerize. Teach kids to group similar items together, and then find appropriate-sized containers that hold them. With colorful markers, write the name of what’s inside. This makes it easy for retrieval, and, even more importantly, for clean-up! For kids who can’t yet read, let them glue photos or drawings of the objects on the front of the containers.
• Help them downsize. Often, the sheer volume of “stuff” in a kid’s life — toys, sporting equipment, books, collections, clothes — is overwhelming. Help kids downsize every six months by donating seldom-used toys and outgrown clothing. Establish a “new toy in, old toy out” system where some purging takes place before shopping. Talk to them about how it feels — and how important it is — to donate to local charities.
• Establish a great homework routine. Use an “in” and “out” box system for school papers that need to be seen by caregivers. Have a designated study area. Keep it well-stocked with supplies so kids don’t have an excuse to leave the area. Caregivers should learn that they don’t have to save every single project made by the child. Post them temporarily, then take them down and store in a drawer, tote, or even an unused pizza box. At year’s end, help kids select their “Top 10” favorite to save. And if you’re overwhelmed or desire more tips, find out if your professional organizer has experience working with kids! © 2011 Articles on Demand™

 

What do you do in your homes to establish routines for your kids?  Please join us on Facebook or comment below to share your tips/tricks on raising organized, responsible kids!

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National Preparedness Month: Day 10 (10) – Before any emergency know how to shut off the utilities. September 24, 2011

September 24, 2011, National Preparedness Month: Day 10 (10) – Before any emergency know how to shut off the utilities.

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Creator of “Clarify, Simplify…..Achieve!tm” the Simplified Life System

Office:(757) 809-7503    jodi@organizedwithclardy.com

 

National Preparedness Month: Day 9 (10) – Be prepared with basic First Aid knowledge and supplies.

September 23, 2011, National Preparedness Month: Day 9 (10) – Be prepared with basic First Aid knowledge and supplies.

  • Typically when someone is injured we would call 911.  However, if there as a wide-spread emergency medical personal may not be able to reach you right away either due to blocked roads or numerous other injuries they are responding to.  It is vital to be prepared to perform basic First Aid in the event of an emergency.

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Sign up here for monthly tips and solutions for getting organized.  Register now and receive “Purposeful Parenting” & “Simplified Life” tips as our gift to you.

Jodi Clardy, Certified Family Manager Coach & Professional Organizer

Creator of “Clarify, Simplify…..Achieve!tm” the Simplified Life System

Office:(757) 809-7503    jodi@organizedwithclardy.com

 

National Preparedness Month: Day 8 (10) – Portable Electric Generator Safety Tips. September 22, 2011

September 22, 2011, National Preparedness Month: Day 8 (10) – Portable Electric Generator Safety Tips.

 

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Creator of “Clarify, Simplify…..Achieve!tm” the Simplified Life System

Office:(757) 809-7503    jodi@organizedwithclardy.com

 

National Preparedness Month: Day 7 (10) – Food storage and safety before and during a power outage. September 21, 2011

September 21, 2011, National Preparedness Month: Day 7 (10) – Food storage and safety before and during a power outage.

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Creator of “Clarify, Simplify…..Achieve!tm” the Simplified Life System

Office:(757) 809-7503    jodi@organizedwithclardy.com

 

National Preparedness Month: Day 6 – Inventory your belongings and document all valuables. September 20, 2011

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September 20, 2011, National Preparedness Month: Day 6 – Inventory your belongings and document all valuables.

  • Videotape or photograph all the rooms in your house AND outdoor valuables (including cars)
    • Highlight everything of high value
    • Make note of serial and model numbers
    • Show the background in several photos to prove ownership
  • Photograph important documents
    • House deeds
    • Vehicle registration
    • Social security cards
    • Birth certificates, etc.
  • Save the video and/or pictures on two flash drives
    • Store the flash drives in separate locations
      • i.e. with an out of state relative, safety deposit box at the bank, etc.

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If you would like to Simplify Your Life, visit: www.organizedwithclardy.com for free organizing solutions, tools and resources and info on private coaching.

Sign up here for monthly tips and solutions for getting organized.  Register now and receive “Purposeful Parenting” & “Simplified Life” tips as our gift to you.

Jodi Clardy, Certified Family Manager Coach & Professional Organizer

Creator of “Clarify, Simplify…..Achieve!tm” the Simplified Life System

Office:(757) 809-7503    jodi@organizedwithclardy.com

 

National Preparedness Month: Day 5 – Do you have a plan for Fido and Fluffy? September 19, 2011

September 19, 2011, National Preparedness Month: Day 5 – Do you have a plan for Fido and Fluffy?

“They are our pets. We domesticate them. We bring them into our lives and make them dependent on us for food, shelter, medical care, and love. In return, they enrich our lives in so many ways. Yet somehow, when disaster strikes they often seem to fall between the cracks. This is not to say that human life is not more important, yet it seems as though a system ought to exist for them in times of disaster as it does for us. Often left behind in the urgency of the moment, like very small children they are at a loss to understand just why this is happening to them. Every underpinning in their life is suddenly gone. The people around which their lives revolved have vanished. Their homes as they have known them have disappeared. They are lost, alone, afraid, and often hungry, thirsty, and in pain. Somehow a system must exist for them as it does for us.” Cathy Rokaw, Cat Fanciers’ Almanac, December 1994

 

Fido and Fluffy are part of our family too… It is essential that we plan ahead for our pets’ safety.  Due to lack of awareness and/or planning ahead, many owners leave their animals behind to fend for themselves. It is unlikely those pets will survive if left home alone.

  • Take your pets with you. DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT THEM.
  • Prepare a kit for your animal just as you do for your other family members.
    • Well-fitting collar/leash with current rabies, license and ID tags. The importance of ID tags with your name/address/phone number cannot be overly stressed.
    • Current health records and color photo in zip-lock plastic bags. Boarding facilities will require proof of current distemper, rabies and possible other immunizations.
    • Portable pet carriers and bedding
    • Litter box and litter, pooper-scooper
    • Filled food and water containers: several days supply
    • Food/water bowls
    • Favorite toy/bones, etc.
    • Special-needs medicines and supplies
    • Blankets
    • First Aid kit
    • Flea/tick spray/powder.
  • Verify Pet-Friendly Boarding Facilities – find several options
    • Boarding kennels
    • Veterinary hospitals with boarding kennels
    • Motels/hotels
    • Friends/family
    • Emergency management
    • City halls, meeting halls
    • Emergency animal shelters may be set up at fairgrounds, in fields, etc.
  • After the emergency: Check with local health services and animal hospitals regarding any diseases spreading as a result of the disaster, and their suggested preventative measures.

 

Resources: Disaster Preparedness For Your Pet

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If you would like to Simplify Your Life, visit: www.organizedwithclardy.com for free organizing solutions, tools and resources and info on private coaching.

Sign up here for monthly tips and solutions for getting organized.  Register now and receive “Purposeful Parenting” & “Simplified Life” tips as our gift to you.

Jodi Clardy, Certified Family Manager Coach & Professional Organizer

Creator of “Clarify, Simplify…..Achieve!tm” the Simplified Life System

Office:(757) 809-7503    jodi@organizedwithclardy.com

 

 
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