Monday, June 29, 2015

Keep it Clean

I've been hearing a lot about this book, and I finally ordered it on Amazon!

I confess, I have a problem with clutter around the house. I have no problem doing housework and cleaning up, but the piles of things just seem to grow. Part of it is that I'm a bit of a sentimental pack rat, and the other part is a paralyzing fear that I'm going to need something a week after I've thrown it away!

And I've noticed that my mind feels less chaotic, jumbled, and stressed out when all the things are picked up and put in their place. So I can't wait to dig into this book, and clear out all the unnecessary junk from the house. I'll let you know if it is actually life-changing magic!

Related: Do you make your kids do formal chores? I have a cousin who's great about that: each of her three kids have set chores to do each day (they're 7, 4 and 2 years old). I admire that but haven't gotten that organized! The kids do help me around the house - emptying the dishwasher and the dryer are favorites - but I don't hold them accountable to specific chores yet.

Something helpful I found: this printable is a great reminder of what kids can do at what age.

And also: how cute is this version of a chore chart?

I like the idea of making something together with my boys... in the hopes that it would create buy-in and excitement about chores!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Some Things You Should Know

Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out the survey in the last post. The information you gave me will help me make the next year of MOPS even better!

For those of you who are interested, here are the results (19 total responses):

People's favorite meetings are the ones where practical tips are shared (9 votes) followed closely by "I don't care, I'm just so happy to be kid free" (7 votes).

Most people would prefer to meet up at the Liberty Station playground on our off weeks (14 votes) instead of the zoo. So that's what we'll do!

As for MOPS business cards, 11 of you said you'd be somewhat likely to give them out and 6 of you said you'd be very likely to give them out. I'll be designing some and printing some up for the fall. No pressure to hand them out if that's not your thing!

I asked if we should do more along the lines of the MOPS International yearly theme. This was pretty split - 8 of you said "No, let's just keep it casual", and 8 of you said that you had no strong opinion. So I think we'll continue to keep it casual!

I appreciated all of your honest feedback about what suggestions and ideas you have for next year!

In other news:

We had our first MOPS summer playground play date today! Thanks so much to Kelly for putting it together. If you missed this one, there will be others. Keep an eye out on our Meetup page!

Also, if you're a planner like I am, you'll want to know our MOPS meeting dates this fall! I've updated the Meetings page with all of the dates (including the Mom's Morning Out dates!) and I'll be adding in speakers and topics as they get back to me throughout the summer.

And stay tuned for weekly blog updates over the summer!