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So I recently started thinking of ways to help my 7 and 4-year-old to be more responsible in their daily hygiene routine. Currently, our daily routine has them getting baths before bed time, but we like to have them wash up in the morning before getting dressed and ready for their day.
As you can probably imagine, maybe not, with 4 kids this can be quite a daunting task. Not to mention, we currently have one....ONE...bathroom. So if you can picture a line of kiddos with wet soapy wash rags, a drenched stool on an equally drenched floor...yeah, hardly the recipe for success. There has to be an easier way!
That's when my husband suggested we make the kids their own shower boxes. What?! Yes! Not only will they have all the tools they need in one spot, but they will have a place to put it all when their finished and they can be responsible for their own hygiene materials. Genius!
Not only did we decide to do it for the older kids, but we decided to give the younger ones their own boxes as well. What I love about this idea is that it does a couple of different things. It begins to introduce the concept of self-care, not just to the older kids but to our younger kids as well, and allows them to see what it looks like. Because lets be honest, they are watching EVERYTHING their older siblings are doing! It teaches them how to be responsible for their own things and gets them in the routine of regular personal hygiene. It also alleviates any fighting over boxes...yeah...I know but in our home this is a legit issue. Everyone has their own box=no fighting=happy mommy...
When deciding what to put in their boxes I knew I wanted to have all of their hygiene needs in one place. I wanted it to be organized and somewhat systematic so the process would flow smoother. Of course, deciding where to buy the products was a no-brainer. A project like this screams Dollar Tree...
So I headed out with my list and set forth on my mission...Here's what I got!
First, I picked up some shower boxes. I don't know what they're called to be honest, but this is what they look like. They have 3 compartments in varying sizes and were exactly what I was looking for. Unfortunately, at the time I went, they only had 3 colors. I was hoping to give each child their own color but my coordinating dreams were crushed that day. I may go back at a later time to see if I can get another color but, until then, these will have to do!
Next, I grabbed a pack of small child-size drinking cups. Now these came in a pack of 6 and had 3 different colors in it (again with the 3 colors...argh!) Anywho, I bought these with the intent of placing them in the smallest compartment and storing their toothbrushes in it.
As you can see in the picture, I bought them each a different toothbrush. Each one came with a storage case and a different character on it.
The next piece took some planning out. I was trying to figure out a way to include flossers in their boxes but I didn't want to buy 4 packs and I didn't want them just out in the open. So, I got these little snack-sizes tupperware containers. They came in a pack of 2, so, I got 2 packs. I also grabbed 1 pack of kiddie flossers. I just divvied the flossers and stored them in these little containers. I actually really like these snack boxes because they have a nice seal to them and I don't have to worry about them popping open if they get dropped!
I also grabbed the older kids some kid-friendly mouthwash. The girls each got a pink one and my son got blue. I didn't bother getting one for our littlest one because she's just not ready for it yet.
Next, I grabbed some Q-Tips. I found some travel-sized boxes in the baby section and they came in packs of 2 so, again, I bought 2 of them. I also bought a large pack to refill these when they run out. These are obviously something I don't allow the little ones to use on their own but they do have their own stash. So, I make sure to use their own when I'm cleaning their ears. They also have baby-safe Q-Tips that you can get at Walmart I think. They're created to prevent the Q-Tip from being inserted to far into the ear. These may be a better option if that's something you're concerned about.
Then, for the girls, I grabbed each of them a pack of black hair elastics. I don't know if it's just mine but these girls lose hair ties like I lose bobby pins! Hopefully, this will help them keep track of their hair ties better...
These mini loofa sponges came in a pack of 4 (halleluyah for the exact amount!), so, I grabbed one pack!
We also found these cool little detangler brushes. I didn't actually buy them on this particular trip but I did get them at the Dollar Tree. So, I thought I would include them because, one, they're going in their boxes and, two, they're pretty neat little brushes. My girls have really curly hair and brushing through it can get pretty gnarly so I like to use brushes that makes it the least uncomfortable for them!
Lastly, I grabbed these little roll-on deodorants for the older girls. They tend to have really strong body chemistry so this helps to keep them fresh and dry as they go throughout their day. I also bought my son a little body spray so he can "smell good like daddy does!" =)
So here is the final product! You'll probably notice that I added a few things (mostly hair products) to individual boxes. This is stuff they use on a regular basis but I didn't purchase them at the Dollar Tree and they may not be necessary for all.
Also, I left out the toothpaste. Why, you may ask? Well, we are currently in the process of transitioning over to all-natural products and toothpaste is one of those things we have already transitioned. It can be pretty spendy and for whatever reason half the tube ends up down the sink when in the hands of my children so we keep it stored away until it's time to brush. Then, of course, there's the fact that the cap somehow ALWAYS gets lost, then tube gets all gunky...you get the picture...
You may have also noticed that I labeled each box and individual item. This is the label maker I use here! I'm not a labelaholic guys...well...maybe I am...BUT it was totally necessary this time! Mostly, I wanted to be sure the items weren't getting mixed up. Because some of the items are identical, I figured it would make it easier on the kids when it came to replacing their items to their individual boxes. No confusion, and again, no fighting! I like to work smarter not harder! =)
So, all-in-all, I spent a total of $25 to put together these 4 shower boxes. That averages out at $6.25 per box. Not to bad considering all they got in them! Not to mention, the benefit they get from learning the importance of personal hygiene and taking responsibility for their own things!
We have been using these shower boxes in our home for about a month now, and let me tell you, it has made a world of difference! Not just in our older kids ability to care for themselves but our little ones are beginning to understand personal hygiene and the importance of self-care. Not only that, but the morning wash-up process has been 100x more organized. Even bath times are running more smoothly because every thing is in it's place. The kids know where their boxes are and where to return them when their done. It's been Uh-mazing!
So what about you? Do you have any tips for teaching kiddos about personal hygiene? I'd love to hear them! Just share in the comments below!
Until next time, Shalom!
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As a homeschooling mom of 4, I am always looking for innovative ways to teach my lessons. My attention is pulled chaotically between the dictatorial demands of a 1-year-old and..well yeah she pretty much takes the bulk of it, but I digress. Anything that is going to make the lesson smoother and inject a little fun in the mix has my vote!
So I recently ordered some games to help Khadija practice her math skills. I am so glad I did because we actually really enjoyed them! They weren't those painstakingly boring games that make you want to pull your hair out. You know what I mean?! No I actually enjoyed playing along and I will say that they did aid in her learning.
The first game we played was Money Bags- A crazy coin counting game by Learning Resources. I was really excited about this one because I knew it was created to encourage counting varying amounts with varying combinations. I have been a huge fan of Learning Resources for a while now and as usual they did not disappoint!
The box that the game comes in is very sturdy. Thank you Learning Resources! I can't tell you how many game boxes we have that have been split at the corners from first use. UGH! *eye twitching* But I won't indulge you with my OCD tendencies...today.
The board itself is also nice and sturdy. Again, thank you! If your kids tend to go into hulk mode in the face of competative play like *ahem* some kids I know...then you will be happy to know that this one is hulk friendly. =) It also has a fun design that the kiddos enjoyed looking at.
Fill each of the money bags (which are just yellow markers on the board with a $ sign) ...they probably could've been more creative here but hey...
You start the game by rolling the dice to see who goes first. Highest roll wins!
Now these are some interesting looking character markers that come with the game. Maybe it's just because I'm such a visual person that I seem to be nit-picking here but, I don't know, they could've been cuter. Then again I'm sure the kids did not care one iota what the characters looked like so...moving on. Place them on start and you're ready to go!
Who ever rolled the highest number goes first. In this case it was muah! So you roll and move that number of spaces on the board. I rolled a 1 so I landed on .17 cents (how does my keyboard not have a cents sign?!) Anyway, you then spin the spinner. If it lands on no quarters, then you have to count out the amount you landed on without using quarters (or nickels or dimes, whichever the spinner lands on.) If you land on any coins, well...you can use any coins!!!
If you are fortunate enough to land on the money bags, like I was, you get to take the money from the money bag. Then you just replenish it from the bank (reserved money on the side not being used by any of the players.)
Just collecting my winnings!
She is into it! Here Khadija is counting out her amount in her head.
Executing her well thought out plan! Khloe is in the corner evading the camera but she eventually bailed on us for an impromptu trip to the store with daddy (she had no idea she was winning!)
If you happen to land on a "CHANGE IT UP!" space, this is your opportunity to exchange your coins for bills or larger coins. I love that this aspect is included because it helped her to count out her coins to 100 and it varied each time so she got lots of practice!
Here, I am breaking the news to her...
Can you guess who won?!
This calls for a victory dance!!!
We had a lot of fun with this game! Yes, even I had fun with it! I think it was a great choice for my 1st grader who is learning about money value and combining coins this year. We were even able to include my 4-year-old who was able to count out the pennies. If you are looking for an educational game for the kiddos that won't bore you to tears, I definitely suggest taking a look at this one! I will definitely be using this as a teaching aid in the classroom. Because why shouldn't learning be fun?! Am I Right?
So, what do you think? Has your family tried out this game before? Have you had success with another educational game? Share with me below!
Until next time, Blessings to you & yours,
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Homeschooling is something I began thinking about long before my first born was set to begin school. I grew up in a single parent household and my mom wasn't able to be as involved in our academics as she would've liked. Once I had children of my own, I knew I wanted to be a predominant influence in their academics.
I had thought long and hard about it, weighed the pro's and con's, read books, talked to other people who homeschooled, and ultimately decided it was the best decision for my family. My husband was 100% on board. Whew! That was a hurdle I was glad I didn't have to face. So, we made the decision together and had no reserves about our choice.
Unfortunately, not everyone was as enthusiastic as we were. There are a lot of misconceptions that people have about homeschooling. I will cover 3 major myths and why they didn't hold any water in our decision to homeschool our children.
It has been 10+ years since my husband and I have been in school. We both remember all too well what school was like back when we were children. We also remember being exposed to things WAY sooner than we should have been.
Unfortunately, things have only gotten worse in the 10-15 years since we have been in school. Our children are being exposed to thing much earlier now...and not just by their peers! This is something we work diligently to protect our children from. Many people will argue that we are sheltering our children from the real world...
The truth: We are sheltering our children from a society that is morally deteriorating from the inside out.
Do not be deceived: Bad company ruins good morals.
If a 6-year-old is having to choose between succumbing to the peer pressure of drugs or being socially ostracized...that's a problem. It's bad enough that our teens are having to combat these things but now we have to protect our adolescent children from them as well.
The educational system has become an advocate for sin and the immoral indoctrination of our children under the guise of being "politically correct". In other words, our children are being forced to accept things that are abominable in God's sight to avoid "offending" people.
Don't let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.
Relinquishing our children to the morals of today's educational system (or really society in general) is the equivalent of throwing them to a pack a wolves, hog-tied and covered in blood, and expecting them to survive.
Consider this, kindergarteners are having to contemplate and digest the concept of sexual orientation. Why? If it was a matter of addressing a child's identity crisis why not allow the parents to handle it? Conditioning.
It is no coincidence that they can take God out of schools to avoid "offending" people and yet, openly opposing transgenderism or homosexuality could quickly land you on America's top terrorist list.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20
As believers, there is no wisdom in delegating the education and training of our children to a perverse society. And now they are deliberately bringing satan into schools. Educatin with satan?...I rest my case.
Consider this, "proper education" or "adequate education" are relative terms. Determining what is proper or adequate in this case has been delegated to man BY man. The only thing that is absolute are the parameters sanctioned by God.
Unfortunately, people have been deceived into thinking that you have to have a degree to teach your own child. Don't get me wrong, I have the utmost respect for teachers. I mean the time and commitment it takes...that's no easy feat. But for some reason lacking credentials has become a sort of social stigma, as though the absence of credentials equates a lack of intelligence.
The Truth: God's word equips me with everything I need to be a successful educator.
Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become "fools" so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight.
We have no interest in conforming our children or ourselves to man's standards of intelligence. We as parents have been commissioned for this very thing! God promises to equip us for what we have been called to do and we are here to instruct, train, and guide our children according to God's directive.
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. Deuteronomy 6:6-7
The fact of the matter is that the responsibility of educating our children falls on us...the parents. No where in the scriptures does it say to send your children away so they can be trained up in the way they should go. No...it says YOU shall teach them. And DILIGENTLY at that! As long as I am obeying God's directive for me, I know He has already provided me with everything I need to succeed. Whether or not man sees me as "qualified" is irrelevant. God has qualified me and He doesn't need mans approval!
This is also commonly referred to as socialization. Many people feel that children that are homeschooled will lack basic social skills like being able to talk to people, developing relationships, developing self-identity, or understanding healthy competition.
The question you have to ask yourself is "do I really want a morally deteriorating society directing my child's self-identity?" Will you allow them to set the standards for what is "acceptable"?
My Husband and I are very selective about the people and places that we expose our children to. Why? Because putting them before the wrong people or forcing them into the wrong environment will inevitably subject them to things they are not yet prepared to handle. Granted, they will have to face the world at some point but not before we develop and prepare them.
The military is not going to throw an untrained soldier into the heat of battle. Soldiers are trained and prepped before being thrown into a war zone. This is no different.
Now is the time, before their little hearts and minds are tainted, to prepare and strengthen our children in the knowledge and might of the Father. We must prepare them for the battles they face in today's society.
Be sober, watch, because your enemy the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8
Society tells us as parents that we should be objective in dealing with our own children and allow the system to constitute what is "healthy social development".
The Truth: Guidelines for our children's social development will not be delegated to a society that lacks moral standards.
There is no denying that our society's moral standards are at a steady decline. Kids are bringing drugs to school, classrooms are being shot up, and these days you can't even be 100% sure that the teachers can be trusted. And in an arena that has deliberately forced God out, that is prime real estate for the enemy to do what he does best...to steal, to kill, and to destroy.
So, no, we will not allow a morally deteriorating society to direct our children's self-identity. Their identity will be revealed to them by their Creator in the love and safety of our home. And as for what is acceptable, He has already set the standards they are to live by. They will know how to interact with people and they will do it according to HIS standards...with the love of God in their hearts.
The Bottom Line
We live in a society that for all intents and purposes openly objects God and all that HE has deemed good...where social acceptance is valued over spiritual obedience. We do what is necessary to protect our children from the evil that saturates our society, even if that means governing the people and places they are exposed to. We trust God and receive His grace and strength daily to carry out that which He has commissioned us to do. And most importantly, we teach our children the Love of God, and THAT is what this society needs...Amen?!
Thank you for taking the time to stop by and for allowing me to share my passions with you!
Until next time, Blessing to you and yours,
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