How do you keep a bedroom tidy?
I’ve been thinking about my kids’ toys a lot recently. I wrote in an article that if I had my kids over again I’d be tempted not to buy them any toys at all but of course, we do have plenty of toys in the house and every so often we still get to the point where we need a big clear out. I always feel this around about now when the clocks change and I get a waft of that Big C feeling. In fifty-two days time there will be a fair few new toys and books arriving, even with modest Christmas giving.
Do you mind whether your children keep their bedroom tidy? I’m no neat freak but really don’t like the girls to have messy bedrooms. I think they sleep better in a calm room, rather than one filled with clutter. Reading Simplicity Parenting a few months ago resolved me to Read more »
We were inspired by Megan and her daughter over at Sorta Crunchy to have a go at a simple sewing project this week, to see if we could make a doll. We’ve tried embroidery before and made some stitched bookmarks but this was a little more adventurous for us – and I think it turned out great! (She’s called Ruby by the way.)
Megan made some wonderful toys with her daughter – do hop over and see how they made theirs as their technique is great for capturing some kid’s art as well as sewing. But my girls did not want to do any sketching – they wanted to get straight to the material! So here’s what we did to make a doll. Read more »
How do you teach children to dress themselves? One playful idea is to practise on dolly instead. Being a big helper and assisting dolly can be less frustrating than struggling with your own clothes, so this might be just the trick needed to help a learner tackle buttons and velcro.
Find some dolly-sized clothes with zips, buttons and toggles – or stitch some on yourself – and then include them in your play. Trying to teach children to dress themselves when you’re in a hurry in the morning, or just about to head out the door, doesn’t create the best situation to master a new skill. By including this is in play, children gets lots of time and opportunity to practise.
For more tips see our staring school guide to putting on your own coat and shoes
How do you help your children learn to tackle zips and buttons?
Do your children help in the kitchen? Last night I had L peeling potatoes and B stirring a sauce, to help me whilst I was making dinner. Having them helping meant it took longer to get the food ready but on nights when we’re not in a hurry I’d really like to get them more involved with the cooking. It was cosy, all pottering in the kitchen together and of course they’re learning important skills which they will take with them as the grow up – and one day use to make my dinner for me!
L who is four managed to peel the potatoes quite well – and we set the rules that she had to be sitting down still while she was holding the peeler, and watching out for her fingers. B who is seven loved being in charge of making the sauce, holding the saucepan handle and stirring gently.
Are your children chefs in the making? What kind of tasks do you get them involved with? Are there any jobs you think they shouldn’t do – at what age would you let them use sharps knives for example? I’d love to hear your ideas – hope you’ll leave a comment.