Tuesday, September 23, 2014

D.I.Y. Care Package For Chemo Patients

Recently, a very dear friend of mine was diagnosed with cancer. When the time came for her to begin her chemo therapy, I wanted to do something for her, but was at a complete loss. What do you get someone going through chemo? Flowers carry spores. They have very specific diets. They're not usually up for a visit. So what can you do? 

Here is what I came up with, after doing a little research into what a chemo patient may need. I picked out a pretty gift bag, and filled it with a journal and pen, a lip balm, some breath mints, hand sanitizer, hand lotion, travel Kleenex, and a chocolate treat. I included an encouraging card.

 These were all things she was able to use. She continues to fight, but I'm happy to report she is doing quite well. I hope this post helps someone, looking for an idea. Here's to winning the fight against cancer!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Let's Talk Chores!

The chores question comes up a lot. Here's a quick explanation of how we manage chores, in the Kitschy Homeschool House.

I'll be honest. My kids do a fairly minimal amount of chores. I'm a tough teacher. Their workload is much heavier than most homeschoolers I know. I expect a lot out of them during school hours, so I don't feel endless chores are necessary or fair. My kids need and deserve their down time. That said, they don't get off scot-free. Here's a break down of their chore list.

Morning Chores:
After breakfast each day, my oldest son (age 15) takes out the trash and recycling. My daughter (age 10) empties the dishwasher. Then they wash up, get dressed, and we start school. 

Afternoon/Evening Chores:
Sometime before dinner twice a week, my oldest two clean their bathroom. 

That's pretty much it. Now, they're all (including my 4 year old) responsible for keeping their rooms tidy, and putting away their own laundry. They're all also required to do anything I ask of them. For example, if I say, "Go gather all the dishes from around the house." or "Pick up the clutter in the living room," then they better hop to it. 

Short post, I know. How extensive are the chores in your household?