Like a jet plane streaking through the sky this year has been streaking by at an incredibly rapid speed. I am blown away that it is March already. Were we not just ringing in the New Year 2 minutes ago? WOW
Our housekeeper of 11 years left us in October to take care of her ailing mother and I have been underwater ever since LOL.
Not having an inclining of a domestic bone in my body it has been interesting to say the least doing all the cooking and cleaning, washing and ironing. So sufficient to say certain things have had to take the back burner. Updating this space is one of them. Not because I didn’t have things to share but basically finding the time is hard.
So what does this have to being kidfriendly?
Recently I had my eldest daughter help me hang some laundry on the line and it was almost comical her reaction. As any typical teenager would she was grumping and moaning about being made to miss a show, that as far as I knew she had seen at least 10 times already, when she looked at me with all seriousness and said “but Mummy I don’t know what to do.” I was aghast.
But reality is she hasn’t known life without a housekeeper or a Mummy for that matter who does all of those things like washing and cleaning. I instantly had a flashback to my own childhood when our housekeeper/nanny at the time (my mother was a working single mother) told me that there were certain things that all children especially girl children need to always know such as making up your own bed and folding up your own clothes. And me grumping and moaning about the injustice of it all.
Of course she was right. Because we may think that we will always be around or that they would get a housekeeper of their own. But there are going to be situations when they are going to be on their own and not know what to do. Such as college, when they move out initially or on that day that the parents are too sick too move for a week hey it is not far fetched remember Chik V.
So now all four of my kiddies have chores.
Simple ones:- washing the dishes, folding up their clothes, sweeping ( still working on this one LOL ), setting the table and clearing the table, tidying up of their rooms and living room, feeding the dog and even the older two have learned how to cook one thing. The hope is that they could at least hold their head above water later on in life. And not be like me. LOL.
Not surprisingly they have all adapted to these new chores and actually seem to enjoy them. Yes I was shocked myself. If you are wondering what is considered age appropriate chores for your kiddies I thought this page helpful. Click here.
Making pancakes from scratch all by herself
Here’s to seeing more posts as I have my helpers in place to help with the chores freeing up my time a tiny bit.
Have a great weekend all. And remember keep it Kid Friendly😀
What a crazily absent year it has been for us here at KidFriendlyJA but 2015 has been good. Intense, full of studying, stressing, some ChikV symptoms and plenty changes but still good.
May 2016 be even better. And may we find lots of opportunities to be KidFriendly.
Wishing you all all you wish for 2016.
I can not believe that it has been so long since I have said anything here!!
Suffice it to say we have been busy here ok kind of overwhelmed with the back to school and taking getting a new highschooler to school on time. Only just got my head out of the fog and lo and behold midterm has come and gone.
Hope all is well with everyone.
Promise to be get back on a regular schedule and get back to exploring all things kidfriendly.
Have a great week all.
Teehee it’s summer!!!!
Well we have been on holiday for 3weeks now and I would love to say we have been doing a whole lot exciting things but not really the last two terms have been such a whirlwind that we have been keeping quiet and sleeping in.
One of the joys of summer has to be sleeping in. Not having to wake up early is so wonderful.
Although the big daughter is in summer school, she does start high school in September, so alarms still sing albeit later. Doing a happy dance all the same the big daughter is going to high school.
This year we put together a ‘Summer Wish List’. Not surprisingly, watching television ranked high for all four of my kiddies LOL! What was surprising is the fact that they all wanted to learn to cook something whether it was pancakes, brownies or RIBS!!! Turns out the son is a big fan of ribs…. just have to find some beef ribs strangely enough they are not that easy to find here.
If you are only now interested in getting the kiddies doing some activity like me jamaicanmommies.com also has a very comprehensive list of camps, workshops , fundays etc. Take a look just touch the link.
I have been writing this blog for the about 3 weeks. Can you tell that I have been having a really hard time getting things going over here. Teehee.
I know most Six Graders (well their parents) have officially picked up their packages and are now officially Grade Seven aka High Schoolers but I cant not say CoNGRATULATIONS to them all this GSAT thing is no fun and everyone of them worked so hard. So….
We did make it to the beach. Isn’t it just something that we live where others vacation. Not quite Fort Clarence close to there it is call The Boardwalk. Delightful little slipe of beach. Have a great week everyone.
Balloons, a trampoline and some kiddies means a whole laughter and a whole lot of fun.
As I said before school is almost out and that means we are looking at SUmMER!!
Definitely something to jump around for.
Technically summer holiday is 3 weeks away but we will not hold that against it. We are planning for it.
Thanks, again this year, to Jamaica Parent Magazine we have a very comprehensive list of most of the summer camps that are occurring through out the summer. Yippee.
Here are the ones I am considering:
Hope you find some to your liking.
We always love June here.
Simply because it means that in a month’s time it’s summer holidays! Get the confetti machine ready everyone😀
The excitement is simmering under the surface as we totally disregard the fact that we have to do end of term exams before that happens.
We haven’t been around in awhile what with gsat, after exam fatigue, common flus and all that.
Easter holidays came and went and we have basically laid low. And sometimes that is what is needed.
We also love June is because it is a birthday month😀
The girlies start off the month with their twin birthday. It is always a great day of double birthday blessings. Cake and ice cream is always a recipe for happiness.
So happy happy birthday to the youngest members of our crew.
And to the rest of you, may June be filled with lots of happy ice cream filled moments.