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  1. I'm about to buy a new vacuum. Our old one is getting progressively louder, and I believe the problem is that the new filter I installed is too tight - it causes the machine to try too hard. It is about 8 years old. Unfortunately, I can't find the old style of filter online to refit it. I already checked everything for blockages. It sounds like a jet about to take off. DH actually left the house last week when I used it! What do you recommend? We have a cat with moderate shedding. We have both carpet and tile. We live in a very sandy area with lots of leaf mold tracking in the doors. I could spend up to $250, I think, but I'm really cheap frugal. :)
  2. I get private messaged now and then for details about training kids to do chores and chore rotations. It's happened again. There was a thread on this several years ago that I can't find now. So as to give the person asking and boardies a lot of ideas to choose from, I'm going to start new one. If you require your children to do chores: 1) Why do you have your children do chores? This is really a philosophical question, but I think when you're clear on why you're doing something it can help you stay motivated through the inevitable challenges along the way. Has your philosophy changed over time? How and why? 2) About how old were they when you taught them how to do each kind of chore? I think it's useful for parents undertaking chore training to know at what ages other people have successfully taught specific tasks to neurotypical children. If your child isn't neurotypical let us know how you worked around their special circumstances. Anything else that comes to mind on the is topic or a related one is helpful too. 3) Describe the process of teaching them how to do different chores. What kinds of phrases did you say? How did you teach them to break larger chores down into smaller tasks? What kind of "inspection" did you use to let them know they were done? What kind of reinforcement did you do for a job well done or a job poorly done? Anything else that comes to mind on this topic. 4) What kinds of changes have you made throughout your parenting related to chore training? What were your best changes and why? What would you do differently and why? What resources, products or other materials have been most helpful to you? What were duds? I'll post my response later because it's going to take me a while and I don't have the time until later tonight.
  3. ...So we've spent the past few months going through Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics (Apologia Young Explorers) and we're just wrapping up the last chapter on chemistry, but I don't feel ready to be done with it (also because we're nowhere near through the periodic table, though they've memorized it thanks to a 1000 piece puzzle of it they recently finished). At the same time, my grandiose plan to spend 1-2 hours a week on "life skills" hasn't panned out, so as I took delight in tasting the butter we made today (chemistry experiment), the idea popped into my head that maybe instead of going forward with physics (which we could save for next year), we ought to spend the rest of the year on chemistry, but make a hybrid of life skills by centering it on cooking and cleaning. We tend to be more bookish around here and neglect those practical, hands-on tasks, so I'm thinking this could be a means toward balance. My "curriculum" so far (for my kids ages 8, 10, 12), but I'd love to get other suggestions: Home Skills for Girls Home Skills for Boys Science Experiments You Can Eat Basher's Periodic Table The Elements (Visual Guide) This is intriguing but I'm not sure if the science is up to date and we don't want to use harsh chemicals. Anyone done anything like this?
  4. I'm whining and asking for opinions. We just moved into a new (and bigger) house. I love it, but there's 550 more square feet of floors to clean. More than half of it is tile. At first I thought the grout was brown, but when I scrubbed the floors today I realized it's supposed to be beige. So I took a brush to some of the grout, and now I'm wishing I hadn't. Because now you can really tell that the grout is just very dirty, not brown. I don't want to clean all the grout in the house! It takes a tough brush and lots of arm muscle power. (she said in a whiny voice) For those of you with lots of tile and light-colored grout do you a.) spend a lot of time scrubbing like crazy to keep it light, or b.) clean the floors, but don't scrub the grout pretending that it's actually a darker color?
  5. Once finals are over, I desperately need to do a major declutter. I want to do it quickly, or it drags out and doesn't happen. I want it down to "if we're moving cross country on a budget and downsizing." How do I do it? Our school area, kitchen, closets...it's all just too much!
  6. Who uses and likes the Fly Lady system? I really really really want it to work. I really DO want to be able to bless my husband with a clean out when we gets home from work.... why am I finding the website to bogged down and confusing? There's the Big Tent, hot spots, baby steps...? Can anyone explain the process to go though simply? I think I'm making this harder than it needs to be. I just want to open up my phone/computer/email and see what I'm supposed to do for the day. If there's a different approach I'm all ears! :bigear:
  7. Okay, so I need advice. I am a neat/clean freak, organizaiton freak, but have found it very hard to keep the house the way I like while homeschooling. Now, I know the standard advice is "accept that your house will be messy", but let's pretend I can't do that :D The boys are in spring gymnastics camp for 3 mornings this week, and I've spent basically the whole time cleaning and organizing, and let me tell you, my mood is 1000x better. So how can I maintain this? Who out there successfully maintains a very clean and neat home while hs-ing? What are your best tips?
  8. Appealing to your hive knowledge. I have whiteboards up in the facility that we use, and have been purchasing whiteboard cleaner. They have been using Windex. Is their reason to buy expensive cleaner?? Also, these are cut from Showerboard if that makes a difference... Thanks!
  9. If you have not given Chorebuster a try, you must, you simply must. It is highly exalted in this house. You go to the site, enter the people in your family capable of helping and how difficult their jobs should be, how much of the load they should get. Enter the chores that need to be done, how often they should be done, who is NOT able to do each one, and how difficult they are considered to be. For a donation, you can enter other info, like whether you will pay a reward for the chore. The site generates a fair list of chores and emails it to you each week. You can print out the schedule and also email people's chores to them every day. I am in LOVE, I tell you!
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