Child Responsibility Chart ~ Free Printable

Raising a child is already a hard, rewarding thing. But when you add raising a child or children to being single for whatever reason, it is even harder. I think being a single mom to a boy, especially an older boy is very challenging at time and it can be difficult to find balance and to find methods of parenting that work effectively.

Chores are a part of most children’s lives. In our house, we have started calling them responsibilities. Our responsibility chart is broken down into 4 sections.

Daily Duties or “Dailies”

These are responsibilities on my son’s chart that he is required to do on a daily basis. These are not paid items. I explained to him that I had a responsibility to clean our home, fix our meals, and do our laundry and no paid me to do these things. They were my responsibilities to do regardless. I explained to him that a young man, there are things that he is responsible for and would not be paid for them. My explanation of my responsibilities helped him understand why he is not paid for his dailies.

Jobs

These are his mandatory, paid chores. These are not optional and they have to been completed. I explained to him that these are like jobs that you get when you go to work. You may not always want to do it or even feel  like doing it, but it is your job and you have to do things you don’t like sometimes.

Do More, Get More

These are optional chores that he can do to get an allowance bonus. Again I explained to him that there are opportunities in life to get rewarded for doing more or doing a good job.

Fines

This is our newest method of parenting/discipline. Whenever we do something wrong in life, there is always a consequence. I told Nathan if I decide to speed or blow through a stop sign, I will be pulled over an given a fine. I explained to him that being ugly, disrespectful, or “bad” will not be tolerated and there will be a consequence for it. Normally in the past, he would be grounded, time out, or even in some cases a good, old fashioned paddling (like I use to get). But, I have noticed with him getting older, these methods aren’t as effective in some cases as they use to be. So, I figured if he is earning money and then he is fined and loses some of it because he makes a bad choice, he will probably decide that it’s not worth it.

We are only a couple of days into the new chart and parenting method, but I will say that when he finished yesterday his room was the cleanest it’s been in a long time! One of the rules of our new chart, is that I will NOT remind him of his responsibilities. One of the items he can be fined for is not doing his responsibilities. I told him that he is becoming a young man and needs to learn to take initiative and responsibility for himself.

I am very proud at how well he understood our conversation and how excited he is to do it! I will report in a few weeks our progress!

I have 4 printables for you. A boy and girl chart prefilled and a boy and girl chart that is blank.

Click either picture to be take to Google Drive to download

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Pizza Bread ~ From Nathan’s Kitchen

So this afternoon, I was one proud momma when I walked into the kitchen to find my 8 year old son being creative with food. And not in one of those “macaroni and cheese with chocolate” ways. An actual creation that is edible, and  creative! The light bulb clicked on and I decided that I may need to use this new found creativity to my advantage! Bwahahaha <–(sinister evil laugh).

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So, from Nathan’s kitchen comes Pizza Bread. A boy’s best friend!

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Pizza Bread

Ingredients

Thin Sliced French Bread

2 to 3 tsp Ragu Pizza Sauce per slice of bread

2 to 3 Pepperonis per slice of bread

Mozzarella Cheese or any other shredded cheese you have on hand

Directions

Spread pizza sauce on one side of the french bread. Top with pepperonis and cheese. Toast in a toaster oven for about 10 minutes or until as golden brown as you like it. Watch it close because once it starts browning it goes fast!

Enjoy by themselves or with some Ranch dressing!

I’m a single mom, working from home! You can too!

Part of being a single mom is being the sole provider for you and your little one(s). Take it from me, it can be a scary and daunting thing! If you don’t bring home the dough, then there is no dough. I know from experience that looking for work in this job market is a tough place to be. Even when you get a good job, you still worry that it may fall through and leave you standing on the corner once again.

This is why I choose to work at home. I’m not going to lay myself off. I can create an income from home that will pay my bills and let me live comfortably. I know that the world of “work at home” and “home based business” is a very, very scary world. And you have to be careful! Weeding through the scams and the hype is frustrating and a lot of people don’t ever make it to the good ones.

When looking at a home based business opportunity you have to make sure that you are looking into something that you will enjoy doing. Let me tell you from experience that if you don’t enjoy doing it, you will NOT make it!

The fabulous company that I work with is currently offering an AMAZING opportunity but you have to hurry because it ends on 1/31/2014!

Go check us out and Request an Interview Today: http://www.freedomathometeam.com/shara

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The War on Money..You can win!

As single moms, money management is so important to be able run a successful, independent household. Do you ever find  yourself wondering where your money went? I’ve been there and it’s not a good feeling. You want to be telling your money where to go, not wondering where it went. Take control of your finances!! The only person that can help you gain independence and reach your goals is YOU.

I recently came across an amazing online money management software called Mint. It is soooo freaking cool! You can connect your banking account, credit card, prepaid card accounts and download your transactions, sort them by type, create a budget with a tracker, and more! It shows you the most detailed explanation of your finances that I have ever seen!

Best of all…..are you ready for this??? It is FREE!!! Yep, costs you zip, zilch, nada! Head over to http://www.mint.com (photo from mint.com)

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Creamy Chicken Marsala

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4-6 Thin Sliced Chicken Breasts

3 TBSP All Purpose Flour – season with salt, pepper, onion powder

2 to 3 TBSP Olive Oil

Sea Salt & Pepper

5 Fresh Cremini or Baby Bella Mushrooms – thinly sliced – more or less depending on your taste

1/2 Red Onion – thinly sliced

3 stalks Green Onion – thinly sliced

2 cloves of Garlic – minced

1 cup Marsala Wine – I used Florio 1833 Sweet Marsala

1 cup Chicken Broth

1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream

3 TBSP – Cooking Sherry – more can be added if needed

Freshly grated Parmesan Cheese (optional)

Fresh Parsley (optional)

Preheat Oven to 350 – Season chicken breast with S&P, place on a cooking sheet and cook for 10-15 minutes until chicken is cooked through.

Heat oil in skillet on medium heat. Lightly coat cooked chicken seasoned flour. Brown chicken, add red onion and saute for about a minute. Add Marsala, broth, and garlic. Bring to a simmer and cook uncovered for 5 minutes or until slightly reduced, add mushrooms, cover and cook for another 5 minutes until reduced. Add cream, sherry, and green onion, cook for another 2 minutes. Taste and add additional S&P if needed.

Serve over whole wheat mini penne, linguine or the pasta/potato/rice of your choice. Top with fresh Parmesan cheese & parsley (optional)

Parmesan Garlic “Fried” Porkchops

2 slices Earth Grains 35 calorie Whole Wheat Bread – toasted, preheat oven to 275 bake until dried, turn up to 350 and bake till golden. The key is that the toast dries out – usually a toaster won’t do this…

2 cloves of garlic

1/4 to 1/2 c Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese

Parsley

1T Butter (salted) – cold, cubed

Onion Powder

4 Boneless Porkchops

 

Combine 1st 6 ingredients in a food processor and pulse till crumbed. Season chops with S & P, coat both sides with crumb mixture. Place on a cooling rack on a foil lined cookie sheet and bake at 400 until done.

What’s for Dinner? Meal Planning Printables!

So, I admit it. I am a complete sucker for a super cute, stylish, function printable. There. I said it. I love printables! The cuter, the better. The more colorful, the more I like them. I also happen to be completely OCD about meal planning. In the last few months, I have been crazy busy and got the bright idea to attack grocery shopping without a meal plan or a list (gasp!!! I know, right?) What was I thinking?? You can’t take a decade old habit and then just decide, “oh I’ll do it without it.” Believe me when I say, the outcome is never good. So, I am back on track with my meal planning and I couldn’t be happier! I did run out of my paper on my nifty grocery list/menu planner pad, so I had to figure something out. **Enter right stage….Super Cute Printables!!** These printables that I found, I absolutely love! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

 

Tips for Printing:

1. Print using the “Fast Draft/Economy” setting. You will save a lot of ink and as you can see below, they are still very colorful!


(Click on Preferences in the Print window). If your computer has the new Windows 7 print window, scroll to the bottom and click where it says “Print using system dialog (ctrl+P)” then click Preferences.

 

Grocery list printable credit goes to: hellocuteness.com

Weekly Meal Plan printable credit goes to: pinchalittlesavealot.com

 

 

Download Your Copy of these Super Cute Printables Here