Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Giveaway! Cleaning House: A Mom's 12-Month Experiment to Rid Her House of Youth Entitlement

Like I mentioned in my book review of Cleaning House: A Mom's Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement, I loved this book so much that I contacted the author and she sent me two copies to giveaway to you!

You can read my review of the book here.

To enter the giveaway I want to hear your parenting tips or tricks that make family life the best it can be for you and your family. 

Here's my tip: If I can make my first interactions with the kids positive, everything goes better. Meaning, if I can put aside everything and hug, compliment, praise, and love each child as I see them for the first time (whether it be first thing in the morning, after nap or quiet time, or any other time we've been apart) we both feel good and start off on the right foot. 

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38 comments:

  1. I'm in the battle-of-the-wills stage with my toddler. Best thing I do on a daily basis is to let him "win" on things that don't matter a lot.

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  2. We try to practice things when we are not in conflict. Practice how we are to act in a store when Mommy doesn't really need to shop, so if I have to leave I can. We practice shaing toys before we go to the playdate. Etc..

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  3. I try to pick my battles each day and try to make things fun--especially when it comes to cleaning

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  4. We try to have family fun nights where we spend time just enjoying being a family. We usually end up recharged and happy by the end of the evening.

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  5. When my kids were little and didn't want to do what they were told, or needed to do, I would offer 2 choices rather than telling them what to do. For example, if they wouldn't get into the bathtub I would say something like - would you rather have bubbles or the stick to the walls bath toys tonight? That way they felt in control of the situation.
    ~Wendy

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  6. Have a when/then conversation when things need to get done: When all the toys in the living room are picked up and put away, then we can play ball in the back yard.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  7. When my kids do their chores, they get a fun reward :)

    anjathisandthat at yahoo dot com

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  8. If there is no danger to my children --- I let them learn consequences of their actions.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

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  9. Id say to work hard for your kids, my husband is a great provider so they dont go without, his parents werent at all.
    sunniewoodyplus2 atmsn.com

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  10. I am big on personal responsibility, and owning up to when you've made a mistake or admitting when you have been wrong.

    jenswps at yahoo . com

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  11. Working together to accomplish a task and then having fun afterwards.

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  12. Slow down calm down it makes everything go smoothly.

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  13. Don't sweat the small things. This took me a VERY long time to learn, I could have saved myself from some greys and stress.
    elder1518@windstream.net

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  14. We make sure as a family to get together and discuss various thing each day at least for 15 min. Also, we have a game night once a week, this definatley creates a good bond and teaches goos sportsmanship.

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  15. Have children cook on a certain night each week. They plan the meal and prepare it!

    awilson614@gmail.com

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  16. My best tip is to stick to your guns! If you let something slide one time, your kids will remember!
    onecheaplady@yahoo.com

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  17. I always give my son choices of what he wants to do. I tell him he can either clean his play room or bed room. I only make him do one of them during the day. He likes to be able to choose what he can do and have his freedom. It seems to work well when offering him 2 different choices.

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  18. Make individual time for each child. It's not always easy with 5, but it is so important to do! Thanks for the chance!

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  19. We pick one goal each day: Have fun, Be kind, No whining, etc. After they get the idea let your child make the goal. Then before bedtime talk about how the goal went. If you need a do-over, set the same goal for the next day and try to do better.

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  20. We have a responsibility chart that the kids get to put a magnet on for each task that they complete, i.e.- no whining, help mommy, make your bed, etc.

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  21. My husband & I got SO tired of picking up shoes around the house, so now if we find them they go into "shoe jail". The kids have to do an extra chore around the house to get them back. :)

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  22. I find that if I refuse to yell at my kids and just take them straight to time out when they know what they have done something wrong. I feel better about myself as a mother, having not yelled at them, it makes it easier for me to love them and to have my own sense of security that I am being a good mom yet still standing strong and following through with punishments.

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  23. I'm a new mom with a 3 mo old, so I don't know if I'm qualified to leave tips/tricks, but I would love to read this book.

    ericanimri at gmail .com

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  24. Danielle WilliamsMay 29, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Honestly I found that taking the time away from something that you feel "has to be done right now (but honestly could wait a few minutes)" and playing with or giving attention to your little one makes all the difference in their lives!

    ssromans828@yahoo.com

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  25. Always have a good snack and drink on hand! Sometimes a cranky kid, just like an adult needs a little energy boost.

    kckts@msn.com

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  26. taking family vacations - allows for focussed together time

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  27. I try to keep us all on a strict schedule-feeding sleeping etc..but it does not always go well!

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  28. Schedule work for us...even if it's a "here's what's happening in the next hour" schedule. Setting the expectations for behaviors upon arrival or while heading to places has helped with meltdowns when being told not to do something once already there.

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  29. I think it's important to give choices. An example would be corn or broccoli or red or blue pajamas. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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  30. I think trying to make things fun or into a game helps!

    heather.loftus@aol.com

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  31. If my son is being extra ornery, I stop to give him extra hugs and kisses to make sure he knows how much I love him! alaynarichard at gmail dot com

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  32. I try to use more praises than criticisms with my son

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  33. Find time to spend individual, positive time with them. Then, when it comes to disciplining, they seem to respond better

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  34. I try to be patient, whenever I am cool and collected and patient, my family follows my lead!

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  35. We sing songs and make songs up for every thing we do. It makes everyone stay in a better mood.

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  36. I have a strong relationship with my kids, they always know they can ask or tell me anything. You should hear some of the things they asked growing up, some of them are soooo funny

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

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  37. My tip is to spend time with your children and listen to them.
    donna444444@yahoo.com

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  38. The great thing about these tips is that once you make them a habit, it feels as though you hardly ever clean.
    ny house cleaner

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Thanks for sharing your ideas! I love to hear and learn from others!