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Today, I Hate CoParenting (A Vlog)

There are days that test us, challenge us and strengthen us. I have used this space in the blogosphere to share my experiences coparenting as well as providing tips and support to fellow single parents and coparents. I’ll be the first person to share that I’ve made many mistakes coparenting, but one thing remains clear: I will walk through fire and protect my daughter at all costs.

Yesterday I had a shitty day in coparenting land. I feel constantly unsupported and refuse to accept my coparent’s inconsistency as acceptable. So I vlogged about it. Yep, it’s dark. Yep, I’m crying. Yep, I have snot on my face and need a tissue. But. I. Don’t. Care. I’m mad as hell and needed to vent about it.

Today, I Hate CoParenting from Alexandra Elizabeth on Vimeo.

Every day is a choice. An opportunity to right wrongs, to learn, to grow or to choose to stay the same. The choice is up to each and every one of us. By no means am I a perfect woman or mother. But I will always, always advocate for the best interests of my daughter and protect her from anyone who threatens to play with her heart. It’s a choice I make.



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Snack Healthy with Grapes from Mexico

I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Grapes from Mexico. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

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It’s officially back-to-school season, Target shelves have been emptied, parents are rejoicing over the start of the year and kids are dreading the routine. Why can’t summer last FOREVER?

Many families like our own have started thinking about back-to-school snacks that won’t leave kids bored and are tasty and healthy. If your kid(s) are fans of grapes you’ve got to consider purchasing Grapes from Mexico!

  1. FRESH! They are farm picked and sent to the store just one day after they are picked!
  2. NATURAL! They have all natural flavor without  any preservatives.
  3. ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY! Their carbon footprint is small and water conservation practices are world class.
  4. HEALTHY! At only 100 calories per serving they will provide a healthy snack without leaving your kids with a sugar high!

Want to hear about how you can win weekly prizes from Grapes from Mexico? The Snack On! Sweepstakes which runs from August 17, 2015 – Sunday, September 27, 2015 gives you the opportunity to win prizes like grocery gift cards, a deluxe picnic basket or bluetooth speaker…a $150 value! All you have to do is head to the Grapes from Mexico Facebook page and completing the entry form. For additional entries be sure to complete the “Snack On” quiz and test your knowledge of healthy snacks! All winners will be selected weekly and notified directly! So…what are you waiting for?! Go enter today!
GOOD LUCK!!



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8 Tips to Motivate Children to Complete Their Chores Around the House

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As a kid growing up Saturdays meant one thing. Waking up early and CLEANING! Gosh I hated it, but our house sure got messy with four kids and often a handful of foster kids coming in and out. I know getting us to complete our chores was pretty similar to the pain you feel when you get your teeth pulled. But there is hope! Today Gregg Murset, Founder & CEO of MyJobChart.com shares his eight tips to get your kids to help out around the house:

  1. Take Advantage of Kid’s Love of Technology. Why threaten to take away a child’s technology when you can use that technology to take advantage of a teachable-moment or drive home a larger message about being responsible? By using an online job chart like MyJobChart.com, children consistently log in, see their responsibilities that need to be done, register the completion and find out their rewards. Your kids will find themselves motivated by seeing their bank account grow or positive notes from mom and dad.
  1. Let Kids Earn Money to Support A Special Charity They Pick. Help your child find a charity or cause they want to support, and tell them by finishing tasks around the house, the money they earn will go as a donation. The donation could be made once a year, every month or every week, depending on your child, but if they can see how their hard work helps animals, another child or to help find a cure, they will be more engaged.
  1. Parents/Grandparents Match (Double) Any Savings or Donation. Make an agreement with your kids that whatever they earn, you (and even grandma/grandpa) will match the dollar amount to go toward a charity or that new toy they have been wanting.
  1. Connect Helping Around the House with a Special Day or Additional Activity Time. Sometimes all a child wants is some special time with mom and dad, maybe a trip to the zoo, to see a movie or to go out to eat at a favorite restaurant. Have a standing arrangement that every week or month, if assigned tasks are completed properly, you will grant them one wish to do something.
  1. Allow Overtime. Just like mom and dad, give your kids the chance to work overtime to earn more money. Even though some jobs have a clear ending, find other jobs that your children could go above and beyond  if they request. Examples include working in the garden, painting a room, doing advance homework or helping neighbors with their projects.
  1. Go on Strike. If you give your children something to do and they skip out on it, do not do it for them. Even the most stubborn teen will take notice when they run out of clean laundry.
  1. Allow Help. During summer break or on a long weekend give your kids a large project to complete and let them invite friends over to help. While painting the backyard fence or shoveling mulch for the yard might not sound fun to you it could be a blast for a group of kids. Especially if you offer to host a pizza party after the work is done.
  2. Create Trades. Competition runs rampant between siblings so take advantage of it. If one of your kids is assigned a task and he/she doesn’t want to complete it, allow for trades between kids. The child who wants to trade his/her task can give   up the reward tied to that chore to a sibling in exchange for the sibling doing it. If one sibling is willing to put in all the       effort, the others will quickly take notice and want to contribute when they are not getting any of the rewards.

What tips do you have for encouraging your children to complete their chores at home?

 



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