August 27th Show
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On today's show:
Last weekend of August!
Cleaning! Pet bits
Moxify your Cleaning:
Get your Kids to Clean
Fine Art Nature Photographer
Today, August 27th in history
1813 Battle of Dresden; Napoleon defeats Austrians. The Battle of Dresden was fought on 26–27 August 1813 around Dresden, Germany, resulting in a French victory under Napoleon against forces of the Sixth Coalition of Austrians, Russians and Prussians under Field Marshal Schwartzenberg. However, Napoleon's victory was not as complete as it could have been. Substantial pursuit was not undertaken after the battle, and the flanking corps was surrounded and forced to surrender a few days later at the Battle of Kulm.
1883 Krakatoa, west of Java, explodes with a force of 1,300 megatons and kills approximately 40,000 people
1896 The shortest war in history occurred. Britain defeated Zanzibar in a 38-minute war (9:02 AM-9:40 AM). See button at right.
1913 Swedish engineer Gideon Sundback of Hoboken applies to patent all-purpose zipper
1937 George E T Eyston sets world auto speed record at 345.49 MPH at on the Bonneville Salt Flats with twin Rolls-Royce R V-12 aero engines excatly 60 years to the date after Charles Rolls, of "Rolls" Royce was born.
1948 102°F highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in August.
1955 "Guinness Book of World Records" 1st published
1961 Francis the Talking Mule is mystery guest on "What's My Line"
1965 The Beatles spend an evening with Elvis Presley
1990 Market prices plunge as OPEC nears informal agreement to increase output to cover shortfall due to invasion; cash market trading experiences abrupt decline.
1877 Charles Stewart Rolls, British auto manufacturer (Rolls-Royce Ltd)
1890 Man Ray, American artist and photographer (Dada), Legendary Photography, painter, and maker of objects and films, Man Ray was one of the most versatile and inventive artists of this century.
1899 Cecil Scott Forester, English historical novelist (Horatio Hornblower) (d. 1966)
1961 Tom Ford, American fashion designer
Of course, there will always be
those who look only at technique, who ask 'how', while others of a more curious nature will ask 'why'. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.
Cleaning & Moxie Cleaning
Cleaning for August
Last week we did fall wardrobe preparation.
This weekend we are going to something a little lighter but more immediately appreciated. We are going to clean all the pet stuff.
Run the food and water bowls through the dishwasher
Run the dog/cat bedding through the laundry, any blankets and stuffed animals
Give their sleeping areas a deep clean with hot soapy water.
Get kids cleaning
We are going to extend the cleaning idea to how to get kids to do their part.
As the years pass, we as parents have been requiring less and less of our kids with the excuse “its not worth the effort” or “I don’t have time to deal with it.” The result is kids that
Hang up coats, pull up bedding, bring plates to sink.
Teaching them when they don’t think its work is the smartest move we can make but it also comes at time when them helping is as much of a frustration because a 10 minute job became an hour because of the “help.”
On person described it as trying to brush your teeth while eating.
Give them their own projects. Since they don’t understand time sequencing teaching them to return their toys so they can find them later doesn’t make sense, but they do feel a sense of accomplishment for having done it.
Do it the same time every day and you’ll have to participate by walking them through it. Don’t get sucked into the power struggle, if you keep it light and fun there will be less to resist.
Say it out loud, “when we come in we hang our coat up” “when its time for dinner we put the toys away”
Toddlers will do almost anything to imitate their parents so if you want them washing dishes, pull a chair up to the sink and a sponge you cut in half and a sink of soapy water.
If your toddlers in preschool, find out the wording they use for their clean up routines and use them. The more repetition the better.
Elementary school kids can…
Put away coat and backpack, pick up toys, clear table and load dishwasher, wipe out bathroom sink and tub, clean toilet ,vacuum and dust.
Break down any request. “clean you room” is legitimately a list 42,000 things so that will never even get started. BUT if the request is to get cloths in hamper, books on bookshelf, computer games put away, legos back in bucket, those things will happen.
Don’t be too militant about where things “go” if your kids desk is in there room with there supplies but they do homework in the kitchen, it doesn’t make sence to expect them to return it all to their room.
Instead add a supplemental supply section in the kitchen.
Team clean. Kids are easily distracted, so make your way through major areas together like in the living room, kid 1 does couch pillows and throws, kid 2 does books and mags, kids 3 does vacuum.
So… your kids did the dishwasher but it’s a mess and you can’t just leave it. DO NOT redo it in front of them. If they don’t believe their contribution matters they’ll stop contributing. Same goes for clothes folding.
Mop, and do laundry
Tweens end up with a lot of personal care “stuff” if it doesn’t have a home expect it to be on every flat surface- wrangle it into an assigned drawer or basket.
Create a no-questions asked- donation bins to get rid of the excess.
Create a punch card for bigger items they take on so there is a reward for doing so.
They can do anything you can basically AND they are constantly distracted.
Lay off their rooms. They are in constant stress and transition and this is their space to get a break from that. So shut the door.
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