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mondayWhy do Mondays get a bad rap? It appears that many people struggle with getting up and getting moving on this first day of their work week. They wish to still be relaxing on Sunday, doing what makes them happy.

Not too long ago I struggled with Mondays as well. It was difficult for me to go from ‘lounging’ to ‘rushing’ overnight. I would wake up on Monday morning excited about the new day. However, I felt overwhelmed that I had to get two children under 5 yrs. old dressed, feed, and make sure all hair, teeth, and bodies were clean, my darling Dave’s lunch made, and that I looked professional and pulled together by 9:00am. My Monday’s ‘to-do’ list was filled with deadlines, appointments, and projects that set me up for failure at the end of the day. I didn’t like starting the work week off this way. I needed change!

After making minor changes to my schedule and Monday’s ‘to-do’ list, I started enjoying Mondays more. With the simple alterations to my Mondays, I was able to reduce stress and create a less-hectic work week. Everyone in my life benefited from these changes…my children, spouse, business clients, family and friends. Here are a few steps I took to escape from my Manic Mondays.

  • No appointments for myself or the kids are schedule before noon
  • I don’t meet with clients on Mondays
  • I make sure to sleep in (I get up at 8am as oppose to the usual 6:30am)
  • Prepare what I can the night before to ease Monday morning routines
  • Simplify my Monday ‘to-do’ list to only include easy-to-do tasks that only take minutes to complete
  • Use my children’s nap time to get small business projects completed
  • Make sure to do something fun for myself and my children 

It is amazing how altering my Monday’s schedule to eliminate or minimize what overwhelmed me has greatly improved my productivity for the rest of the work week. I encourage you to take a good look at your Monday schedule and ‘to-do’ list and see what steps you can take to simplify & thrive. It will lead to a happier, more efficient YOU!

For more tips and ideas on simplifying your world, visit my website at www.YourEfficiencySpecialist.com. While there, I encourage you to sign up and gain access to my ‘Organizer’s Tool Bag’ which is filled with even more great ideas for simplifying your life.

Simply Yours,

Grace

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When decorating and organizing a child’s bedroom or play room, efficient storage plays a key role in how well a space works and should be a goal when planning it’s layout. Consider your budget, physical layout, and the age of the child. Use storage pieces and other furnishings that can grow with your child (i.e. stackable drawers, wall-hung shelves, rolling cart). A good example would be the use of a toy chest. The toy chest offers storage for stuffed animals, games, and blocks when a child is of toddler age. However, that same toy chest can be converted into a place to store files, books, and other school supplies during high school years.

When creating systems and bringing order to a child’s bedroom or play area, follow this guide to determine the appropriate height for tables, chairs, and shelving. Children enjoy their rooms more when they can sit and play comfortably at a table or desk, and when many of their belongings are at eye level or within easy reach.


This chart, which contains average measurements, will help in creating a safe, livable, and self-suffient environment for a child, from toddler to teen. By following it, you’ll make it easier for the child to develop the habit of putting things in their place. This will also make life easier on the parent and decrease the amount of times the parents has to say, “Pick up your toys!”

Age Height Eye Level High Reach Table Height Chair Height
3 37 33 41 15 8
5 39-47 35-43 43-52 18 10
7 44-52 40-48 49-59 19 11
9 47-57 43-53 53-65 21 12
12 53-64 49-60 61-73 23 13
15 61-71 57-66 70-82 26 15

 

 

 

Why not? Children can write, illustrate, and publish their own storybook at Tikatok! It is free to register and create a book; ordering printed copies will cost about $15 – $20.

Parents, you can create one too!! Stories can be shared online and participate in book clubs at no cost.

What a great way to document family vacations and holidays. How about giving your collection of personal journals/diaries a professional look and publish them?

See how it works…click here.

The holidays can be an overwhelming time for children and parents. Here are 5 tips that will help you control the chaos and manage the abundance of gifts.

Tip #1 Number of Gifts – Depends on Child’s Age
Base the number of gifts that your child receives on their age. When the child gets to the age of 10, consider limiting the number of gifts at this point. Children get overwhelmed very easily and can lose interest quickly. This simple rule also helps ward off the “he got more than me” sibling rivalry wars. Use this time to help children understand that less can be more. The more stuff one has, the more responsibilities (taking care of the items, keeping track of their location, one more thing to put away, etc.) one has. Setting limits and creating simplicity are wonderful gifts to teach children early in life.

Tip #2 Buy Gift Cards
Buying children gift cards is a great way to manage holiday gifts. Children of all ages can enjoy this gift. With a gift card, the child has the opportunity to purchase what they want and learn a little about budgeting at the same time. Family and friends can pitch in on one card, such as a VISA gift card, which can be used at various locations. No more long waits in the return line!

Tip #3 Give Them an Experience
Instead of filling up a child’s bedroom and playroom with more toys, give the child the gift of an experience. Take a child to their favorite theme park, to see their favorite band in concert, to a musical on Broadway, or on a mini vacation. Spending quality time with the child is a wonderful, fulfilling gift in itself. Together, you will be making memories which will last a lifetime…much longer than any toy.

Tip #4 Divide the Toys
If a child is bombarded with lots of toys over the holidays, take a moment to divide the toys up into three or four boxes. Leave one box out to be played with and assign a location for each item. The other boxes can be stored in a closet for future use. Bring a new supply of toys out on a monthly basis. The child will feel as though it is Christmas for months and months! Alert the child to the need of letting go of toys that are not being played with or that do not bring them joy any longer when a new box of toys is delivered.

Tip #5 Consider a Trade In
Give a child the opportunity to ‘trade in’ some of their gifts by returning them with the gift receipt and getting cash for a big ticket item the child is working to obtain. Another option is to have the child gather three to four new toys and take them to a place where they can donate them to children that didn’t receive much (if anything!) for the holidays. This is a great time to teach a child about giving to others who are less fortunate. The child will experience the joy and warm feelings of helping others…a priceless gift!