Raising Responsible Kids – Making Beds

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Raising Responsible Kids - Making Beds and #FreeToBe

This past weekend we ventured out to a local campground with our 3 kids to meet up with 3 other families for a mini vacation.  It was fun, chaotic, and there was so much dirt.  When we were driving back home, Jon talked about how much work it was with all the set up, clean up, tear down and then joked “So, when do the kids get to have jobs?”  Hmmm. Good question.  I shared how my mom’s been working with them to teach them to make their beds – and said we should have them do it every morning. (Ok every morning might be stretching it a bit.  But aim for the moon and you fall among stars??) So I decided we could give them that job to do and have a visual reminder of what needed to be done.

Raising Responsible Kids - Making Beds and #FreeToBe

I started with taking photos of their beds in all the stages then printing them up on to photo paper.

Raising Responsible Kids - Making Beds and #FreeToBe

Raising Responsible Kids - Making Beds and #FreeToBe

Raising Responsible Kids - Making Beds and #FreeToBe

I trimmed all the photos up and got ready to stick them to felt.  My idea was to create a “felt board” but realized half way through it wouldn’t work initially how I planned.  I wanted the kids to be able to layer up the photos one on top of the other as they finished each step.  But, I realized (duh) that felt will only stick to felt.  Felt does not stick to photo paper.  Whoops.  So, changed things a bit.

Raising Responsible Kids - Making Beds and #FreeToBe

This photo paper had a sticky backing so I was able to peel & stick to the felt.  If I didn’t have that, I would have just used fabric glue (which I do have, and came in handy later).  Cut around all the shapes and then time to move on to the board prep.

Raising Responsible Kids - Making Beds and #FreeToBe

Raising Responsible Kids - Making Beds and #FreeToBe

I left the top 1/3 of the canvas board blank so I could write on it.  I’ve still been working on my hand lettering and even though they can’t read cursive, I still think it’s prettier than my printing at times.

Oh, and at this point I did pause so I could throw their sheets in the wash.  Do you operate like that? You work on a project and then realize you have about 3 other things to do and you’re darting around getting it done?  We switched to all® free clear liquid detergent shortly after Luke was born.  Shortly after he was born I started to notice some irritation with his baby skin.  I did some trouble shooting and realized it was most likely his sensitive skin reacting to what I was using for our family.  I wanted to make sure I could minimize Luke’s skin reactions by using all® free clear liquid detergent because it is free of dyes, perfumes, certain chemicals and irritating residues. {grab a coupon here}Raising Responsible Kids - Making Beds and #FreeToBe

With the sheets in the wash, I moved back to my project.

Raising Responsible Kids - Making Beds and #FreeToBe

I laid out the pieces and wrote the numbers out and the top header. I was ready to secure it to the wall when I realized the weight of the photo paper didn’t allow the felt to stay stuck to the other piece of felt.  So more adjusting and grabbed fabric glue to secure all the felt pieces to the big board.  Kind of a Tim Gunn Make It Work moment.

Raising Responsible Kids - Making Beds and #FreeToBe

And if you don’t have these Command strips in your arsenal, you need to stock up now.  I think I have almost every type they make.  Easy to apply and easy to remove for later on.  Ya know, for when they master this whole bed-making thing and don’t need a visual reminder.

After the sheets were dry, I left to pick up the kids from school.  I shared they had a new job and OH HOW EXCITING THAT WOULD BE!  They wanted to know what it was but I told them they had to wait.  We got home, they went to their room, and they found their new fancy artwork.  I asked them what they thought it meant and Luke just started counting and Aubrey pointed out the [sleep] friends.  I put their fitted sheet on the bed, and told them to start making it look like the picture.

Raising Responsible Kids - Making Beds and #FreeToBe

Luke kept counting but eventually he finished making his bed.  Aubrey took a little longer as she has about three times the friends he has.  BUT!!!  They both DID IT!!

Raising Responsible Kids - Making Beds and #FreeToBe

 

Those are some excited faces!  I feel comfortable knowing that all® free clear liquid detergent is the #1 detergent recommended by Dermatologists, Allergists, and Pediatricians for those with Sensitive Skin.  Luke’s in that category and I know we all benefit with using something that’s still tough on stains, and gentle on skin.

Next time you’re shopping for detergent, first grab a coupon and then shop for all® free clear liquid detergent or free clear mighty pacs® (easy to toss in the perfect amount of detergent per load!).  And keep an eye out for the all® free clear dryer sheets! My local Target and Walmart didn’t have them yet but I want to try those next! And visit here to see how others are living free from sensitive skin worries!

Raising Responsible Kids - Making Beds and #FreeToBe

If your kids are excellent bed-makers, snap a pic and tag it @melissa_dell and #FreeToBe! I want to congratulate them!

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