Do you know how to create a chore chart? The best chore chart for your family is the one you use! Follow these simple steps to create one for your family. Image of a chore chart titled Blessing our Home Chore Chart form Blessed catholic Mom.
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How to Create a Family Chore Chart

What chore am I on this week? I have heard that question from our kids many times before! Do you wonder how to create a chore chart for your family that will actually work? Have no fear. I will share with you what we have done that has worked well for our family over the… Continue reading How to Create a Family Chore Chart

Here is a simple solution to our family's laundry dilemma: kids can do their own laundry. When we work as a family, we share the work load. Image of a white basket full of laundry. Blessed Catholic Mom logo on image.
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Teaching Kids to Take Care of Their Own Laundry

Do you feel like laundry is one thing that has a life of its own in your home? One minute the dirty laundry basket is almost empty, then you blink and it is overflowing with two and a half loads? When our kids were younger (like last week), they would sometimes put their clean laundry… Continue reading Teaching Kids to Take Care of Their Own Laundry

Follow these 5 simple steps in your before school routine to get your day off to a great start. Image graphic of numbered icons depicting the five things to do in your routine: make your bed, do laundry, eat breakfast, get dressed, and get books and supplies ready for school.
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A Simple 5 Step Before School Routine to Make Mornings Easier

Our before school routine used to look like: Me getting up later than I planned, waking our kids up, making sure they got out of bed, getting them into the kitchen for breakfast and then to the living room for school before getting dressed, then feeling frustrated because I felt behind. Breakfast was often not… Continue reading A Simple 5 Step Before School Routine to Make Mornings Easier

Going to Mass with young children. Image of a boy looking up at statues outside of a Catholic church.
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More Tips for Going To Mass with Young Children

Going to Mass with our young children can be a challenge. Whatever we can do to make it more enjoyable for all of us means we will be able to pay closer attention to Mass and leave church feeling filled spiritually rather than feeling tired physically and frustrated emotionally. To continue from last week's post,… Continue reading More Tips for Going To Mass with Young Children

Tips for Going To Mass with Young Children, image: decorated altar in a Catholic Church
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Tips for Going To Mass with Young Children

Have you ever received a look from someone at Mass? As a parent, you probably know what look I am talking about! It is the look that says many things all at once. Your child is making noise! This is Mass! Be quiet! Take that kid out of here! Why did you bring your kids… Continue reading Tips for Going To Mass with Young Children

Keeping (or not) kids' memorabilia and keepsakes. Image of a boy and a girl working on a scrapbook together.
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Tips for Keeping (or Not Keeping) Kids’ Memorabilia

The older our kids get, the more stuff they seem to have. The dilemma is: What do I do with it? What is the solution? I think the solution depends on the family. Here are some strategies I use in dealing with memorabilia from our kids. When I use the term memorabilia I am referring… Continue reading Tips for Keeping (or Not Keeping) Kids’ Memorabilia

My husband does not babysit our kids. Father holding daughter-view from behind them
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My Husband Does Not Babysit Our Kids

In the years that we have been parents, my husband has never once babysat our children. Ever. Are you surprised? He is a doting father who loves his children, after all. Also, I have never asked him to babysit our children. Nope. Not once. I will tell you why: fathers are parents, not babysitters. Fathers… Continue reading My Husband Does Not Babysit Our Kids

Establishing chores for kids is fairly simple. Image of a toddler boy helping his older brother unload the dishwasher.
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Establishing Chores for Kids

For the most part, when our kids were little, my husband and I took care of the household chores, while our kids just picked up their toys. As they got older, we expected more from them. They were now old enough to take on more responsibility. We needed to decide what was realistic to expect… Continue reading Establishing Chores for Kids

Plan kids date nights with your children. Image of young boy and his father laying on the floor coloring in a coloring book.
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Planning a Kid Date Night

So, did you read the title of this post and wonder to yourself, "What is a kid date night?" Well, I will tell you. When my husband Alex and I were married, we knew we wanted to do all we could to forge strong bonds with our children. We wanted to make sure they felt… Continue reading Planning a Kid Date Night

Keeping track of kids' milestones is not as difficult as it may seem. Image of a toddler crawling outside.
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Keeping Track of Kids’ Milestones

Baby books, journals, photo albums, online logs . . . How am I going to keep track of everything I need to and want to keep track of for my kids, especially when I have more that one child? Does that overwhelmed cry sound familiar? If so, I must have said it louder than I… Continue reading Keeping Track of Kids’ Milestones