3 Simple Chores for Little Ones

Having children really increases the workload around the house. All of a sudden, there is more laundry to be washed, dishes to be cleaned, and toys everywhere. It can be overwhelming for parents. It’s difficult to keep up with all the chores — but the good news is that once kids get to a certain age, they can (and many argue that they should) start helping out around the house.

So when is the appropriate age to start chores? This can be difficult to answer and may vary from child to child, but I think children can start handling simple chores even at one year old.

If you’re looking for ideas on how to get started, consider these three chores:

The Power of Pretend

I have decided that 18 months is — by far — the coolest age of toddlerhood. Judah’s world has begun to take shape in whole new ways such that as a parent, I’m genuinely amazed at how quickly and creatively he’s taking it all in. Words, numbers, even letters! His little brain is practically moving at the speed of light. It is magical to behold.

But my favorite part? Watching him play pretend — and even playing pretend with him.

4 Ideas for a Creating a Blessings Jar with Baby

I saw this adorable “Blessings Jar” on a friend’s Instagram the other day and I just thought it would make such a great family craft to do for Thanksgiving. 

The only problem, of course, is that my baby is not even four months old yet and can’t really articulate her blessings in life (if I had to guess, they would be something like: mom’s arms and milk), so I thought of a few ways we could make the idea of a Blessings Jar work for the whole family–baby included!

The One Emotion Every Mom Can Understand

There’s one emotion, that above all other emotions, that every mother on this planet can understand: guilt. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? As a first-time mom, it’s something that looms large, no matter how much I do. I could be doing more for my son, I think. The thought creeps up at times where I feel my least assured, my least confident, my most overwhelmed. I’m never enough for him, my nagging self-doubt seems to say.

But the the truth is: I am enough. And so are you.

Thanksgiving "Casserole" Baby Food Recipe

We are so excited to celebrate Macks’ first Thanksgiving next week. I’m even more excited that he can join in on eating at the table with us. Since Macks started solids at six months, I’ve had so much fun making his baby food and trying out different combinations of flavors.

Every Saturday morning, I get all of the fruits and vegetables prepared to make Macks’ baby food for the week. It’s a time for me that I can relax on my own. It’s really easy and really fun.

With Thanksgiving coming up, I wanted to create something for Macks that he could enjoy with us. I know he’d love all of the food that we have at the table, but he’s not quite old enough to enjoy it all. As I thought about the dishes I was preparing, I knew I was going to make countless casseroles for our menu, and I wanted to do the same for Macks. Using some of the food items we will enjoy on Thursday, I blended them together for Macks’ very own Thanksgiving “casserole.”

If you’ve got a little one celebrating their first Thanksgiving, make this for them to enjoy along side with you at the table.

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