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9 Responsibilities Kids Can Do At Home

1. Start ASAP. The sooner you get started, the more they will get into the routine of it all. 2. Remember to give lots of praise for their effort. 3. Be consistent.4. DO NOT expect perfection. 5. Make a chart.Here are 9, age-appropriate chores your kids can do.If you have pets, this is a great opportunity to teach your child responsibility.

Of course, depending on their age, you may have to help. Things like feeding the pet, giving them water, and tossing puppy pads or kitty litter are great ways for them to contribute.Invite your little one to help you make a meal. If they are too short to reach the counter, pull them up a stool or chair.

Let them mix or pour in ingredients along the way. Even if you think they are too young to understand what you are saying, explain every step and its purpose. They will absorb what you are saying eventually and it will help them later on.When you are organizing their toys or clothes, get them to help.

Make it easy by setting out boxes that say keep, toss, and donate, so you can hand items and tell them exactly where to go. You can make it a game, and you’ll be surprised at how much they enjoy it.If your child has a younger sibling, recruit them to help. Ask them to grab items for you, to help them change diapers, and if they are old enough, they can help you feed the baby.Beginning at an early age, your child can help you to clean their room.

Show them how to pick up their toys and where they go. Keep a trash bin for trash and keep their room organized, so they can easily find where everything goes. As they get used to it, they will be able to do more and more by themselves.When your child makes a mess, have them clean it up.

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An Open Letter to Those Who Don’t Feel “Good Enough”
Oftentimes the hardest part of the journey is simply believing you’re worthy of the trip.This short article was inspired by an email we received last night from a new course student:Dear Marc and Angel,Life hasn’t been the easiest on me over this past decade.  I won’t get into all the details now, but these hard times have left me with many cracks.  And although I’ve still managed to be a reasonably successful person, I often struggle desperately with my self-confidence.  I just don’t feel good enough most of the time.  I feel flawed.  I feel like my cracks make me undesirable.  It’s all in my head – I know it is!  But I really need help shifting my mindset.  I need a new outlook.  Do you have any insight that might assist me?Sincerely, A Shy StudentDear Shy Student,It’s time for a quick story about life…Once upon a time there was an elderly woman who needed to walk down to the river every morning to fetch water for drinking, cooking and cleaning.  She carried two buckets with her, filled them up at the riverbank, and walked back with them to her rural cottage home.One of the buckets was newer, perfectly sealed, and held its water flawlessly.  But the second bucket was older and contained a few thin cracks that would leak water onto the ground as the elderly woman walked.  By the time she arrived home, typically about one third of the water in the second bucket had leaked through its cracks.One day, on the walk down to the river, the cracked bucket – who had always felt like it wasn’t as good as the other bucket – said to the elderly woman, “I want you to know that I’ve been leaking water every morning for the past several years.  I’m so sorry for being cracked and making your life more difficult.  I understand if you
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