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5 Creative Ways to Make Your Kids Help with Chores

Every parent knows how frustrating it can be to have a topsy turvy home just because your kids love to make a mess but don’t know how to clean up after themselves. With so many other chores for you to do, cleaning up after the kids is something you wish you wouldn’t have to do, right?

Well, that’s still quite possible. But you just have to be creative enough to make the kids help, without them feeling resentful that they are doing ‘a lot’ of work.

We’re ready to help you get your house in order in no time, with the kids doing what they can do to help.

Give Them Control of Age-Appropriate Tasks

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Kids love to show off their skills at completing tasks. It is a challenge for them and it also makes them proud of what they had accomplished.

By giving them control of age-appropriate tasks, they will learn not just to help but to also feel good about themselves.

Create Chore Games

Kids love to play! If you make chores more fun, then they would easily play along. You just have to be creative in what games you make for the chores – and make sure you plan on doing different ones from time to time as the kids would easily get bored doing the same task over and over again.

For example, give each of the kids a box to put their toys in. Then, set the timer and they should race to fill up as much of their box as they could. The timer is important if you really want to get this done because the kids could find a way to forget about the task and start playing with the toys while cleaning up.

Hide Treats They Can Find While Cleaning\

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Kids enjoy finding treats – and you can incorporate that in the cleaning routine. Perhaps it could be a bar of chocolate cleverly hidden amid their clutter. You can tell them what treats you hid and let them find these by cleaning up, instead of making more mess trying to find the good stuff.

Design Creative Chore Trackers

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As much as kids love to play games and do challenges, they also love to compete with each other. Just make sure you explain that this is friendly competition and that everyone gets rewarded appropriately, no matter how big or small the contribution might be to the task. After all, your kids might have bigger age gaps and you can’t treat all their tasks and results with equal weight.

But the kids will love it when they could see their progress on a chore tracker. Make a creative one that the kids will enjoy completing; put this at a spot everyone can check to keep track of their progress.

Give Positive Reinforcement

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Of course, it would still be best to give positive reinforcement for the children’s accomplishments so they would want to do it again. Make them understand that chores are part of your family’s daily activities to keep your home clean. And because they helped you accomplish everything faster, they get a reward for it.

It doesn’t have to be money, mind you. It can be a ribbon, a sticker, food, or just some extra minutes to use their gadgets.

We hope these tips helped you get the kids to help around your home… If you’ve got other tricks to share, feel free to write us!

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Photo of Giant ‘iPhone’ Extra Extra Max Goes Viral

The trend continues for bigger phones, what with the many capabilities that these larger models offer to users. But how big is too big for these phones? Well, you’ve got to check out this ‘iPhone’ extra extra max that’s super duper big! It’s about as tall as a kid! Whoa.

But is it really a phone? LOL

Giant ‘iPhone’ Goes Viral

During the era when Nokia dominated the market, people favored the smaller phones. It came to a point that the smaller the phone, the more expensive it is because it’s packed with all the capabilities of the much larger models but it a very compact size.

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Of course, that only held true for a couple of years when phones were simply used for calling and, later, texting. But as these gadgets evolved into ‘smart’ phones, bigger screens meant better options for the users. The internal specs matter, of course, but many people now prefer bigger screens. Thus, there are also plenty of tablets and phablets in the market today.

So, what’s the size of the largest phone you’ve got? The average phone size these days are at 7” while phablets and tablets are at around 11”.

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Yet one guy in Quirino Province posted photos of an iPhone that’s so much larger than the usual size – and it is even as large as a kid! Can you just imagine the price of that one, if that’s really for real?

iPhone lovers, labas!” netizen Ryan Ballesteros joked as he posed with an iPhone that’s nearly as tall as him. Netizens soon dubbed the item as an iPhone Extra Extra Max. LOL.

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But why is this phone so big? While there were a number of netizens who thought he got the wrong item from a bogus seller, Ballesteros later explained that it is actually a table that looks like an iPhone, not a gadget.

Photo credit: Ryan Ballesteros / Facebook – Philippine Star

What is a Phablet?

A phablet is a modern gadget that’s a cross between the smaller smartphone and the much larger tablet. It has capabilities of a smartphone, including an option for a SIM card slot and, possibly, memory card upgrade, but is of a much larger size than a regular smartphone.







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Popular Hobbies That Can Actually Make You Money

A lot of people have different hobbies that they enjoy doing whenever they have free time. While many hobbies cost you a lot of money, there are actually hobbies that can help you make money!

Gaming with Vlogging

Many would say that gaming is such a waste of time and money, yet a lot of gamers have earned a lot of money in this hobby. Most of them are able to achieve that through vlogging.

Gardening

It gives you free food and fresh vegetables, but gardening can also help you earn some extra cash. Remember that vegetables can be so expensive these days.

Music

Love doing music? You can earn money with that, too. You can sell your music on various platforms such as BeatStars, do music videos on YouTube, or accept tutorials.

DIY Crafts

There are many people who are so talented with DIY crafts and various art materials. You can sell those handicrafts to earn some extra cash.

Photography

A lot of professional photographers started out as amateur photography enthusiasts who simply snapped photos here and there to build their portfolio. Once you’ve mastered your craft, you can sell these pictures, join photography contests, or offer your services as photographer for photoshoots and events.

Writing

If you have a knack with words, writing can also be a profitable hobby. There are a number of sites hiring freelance writers. You can also write a book and have it published for profit.

Drawing and Painting

These kinds of artwork truly require talent. If you know how to draw, paint, or do other art crafts, then this can actually sell for a lot of money. You could also be commission to create artwork for various clients.

Making Coffee

There are people who actually earned money by selling coffee – and they discovered this business just because they love making coffee. If you have the equipment at home, you can open a coffee shop outside the gate and start earning money now.

Baking and Cooking

People love to eat – that’s a fact. That’s why home businesses for baking and cooking have become so popular. If you love making delicious foods, then this hobby can also help you earn some extra cash.







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No-Cost Organizing Hacks for Your Home Makeover

Planning on upgrading the look of your house but don’t have a big budget to do it? Don’t worry because you can actually have a home makeover at no cost at all.

Download Interior Design Apps

There’s a wealth of interior design apps that you can download for free. There are even plenty that allow you a 3D view of your layout and lets you put in various elements, including kitchen utensils, media items, artwork, and various items.

Rearrange the Furniture

You’ll be surprised at how different your house can look just by rearranging the furniture. You can start with the bedroom. How about pushing the bed to one side or changing its orientation? You can move a table near the window to create an office space with natural lighting.

Experiment with the look or use the app you downloaded before moving the heavy pieces around.

Deep Cleaning

You can free up space in the house by getting rid of chunky furniture and old boxes filled with junk. Deep cleaning the house is actually a great idea because you can make the furniture pieces shiny again. You’ll be amazed that these items might actually look like they’re new, just with a few minutes of brushing.

Add a ‘Catch All’ Box

One thing that really reduces clutter in your home is a ‘catch all’ box put at strategic places. Put one on a table filled with chargers and whatnots. This is also useful at the living room and even in the kitchen. Of course, you can pick a fancy box or container so that this would still upgrade the look of the place. A lovely tray would do the trick.

Organize Stuff According to Frequency of Use

There are plenty of stuff at home that you rarely even use. If you don’t want to get rid of these items but don’t need it now, place these at the topmost shelves or in back cabinets. Put the ones you frequently use in easy-to-reach levels.

Make sure to label the boxes and closed cabinets to ensure that you won’t have to open everything if you need something.

Put Some Plants Inside the House

Got some plants outside the house? Bring some of them in! Just make sure to rotate the plants you bring in so that these can also get much-needed sunlight.







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