Friday, May 13, 2011

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 We recently tried out an ARM & HAMMER® Spinbrush®  MY WAY! ® battery powered toothbrush for boys and a tube of Orajel® MY WAY!™ Kids Toothpaste.  The idea behind them is to get kids excited about oral care by allowing them to participate in the process of decorating their own toothbrush and toothpaste with the stickers that are included with the package.  And long story short…it worked.  Moses was thrilled to decorate his OWN toothbrush and toothpaste any way that he wanted.  He was very serious about what stickers went where and even took the time to spell out his name.   At one point during the process he even said “I can’t wait to brush my teeth with my new cool toothbrush”.  WIN!
 As a mom…I like the idea of both involving them and exciting them about something as important as taking care of their teeth.  Anything that makes something you HAVE to do, a little easier, is a good thing in my book.  I liked that he could decorate it himself with little to no help from me, that he enjoyed it and that he looked forward to using it.  As for the actual products…we both loved them.  The toothbrush is light and easy for little hands to use properly…a quality we have had to watch out for with other toothbrushes.  The toothpaste was much easier for him to operate than our previous brand…it was easy to get a proper amount on the brush and he seemed to like the flavor.  We would definitely use both products again because at the end of the day…it made a chore into more of a joy.
The concept of adding a fun creative tint to a “must do” chore is nothing new in our household…I am always looking for ways to turn the have to do into the want to do.  Sometimes it comes in the form of making a silly face on their plates out of foods they might shy away from otherwise…or making a race out cleaning up the toys…or throwing some baby wash into the kiddie pool at the end of a summer day to make bath time FUN.

It doesn’t take much, for most kids, to give them a little creative boost to get them excited about something…the important thing, I’ve learned, is to let THEM do it.  Whether it is decorating their toothbrush THEIR way, or coloring a picture THEIR way, or letting them experiment with different supplies and activities…creativity grows faster when you let it run it’s own course.  I try hard to step back and let them do their thing…whether it’s picking out their own clothes or mixing up the playdoh colors…the important thing is that they are learning and using their imaginations.

Now…how can I creatively get my two year old potty trained?

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210 comments:

  1. When it comes to picking up things like the toys or blocks. I have a laundry basket with names on it and I state that whomever picks up the most toys or blocks etc will get a "prize". The prize could be something real or it could be extra time to stay up on the weekend.
    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  2. How cool., We play a game to get my daughter to pick up her room or toy. By either giving her so many minutes to get it done before the time goes off and if she wins she gets a sticker or something little like thing of bubbles or something.

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  3. Be excited about mine! If a kid sees that you can enjoy yourself...they tend to enjoy themselves more when they do their own! Plus...cute aprons ALWAYS help!

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  4. My kids have them and they willing brush with them. It is nice not having to fight them to brush their teeth. I love these toothbrushes!

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  5. My kids are 1 and 2, so making up songs is our current motivator for everything: meal time, clean up, chores, etc. I'm enjoying the days while it's still a fairly simple task to get them excited about chores!

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  6. I sing the clean up song. Sometimes my toddler just stops what he's doing and dances, but he's starting to understand that song means he should throw his toys into his toy box. When he gets older I think we'll play basketball with his toys and the toy box.

    Darryen8808@yahoo.com

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  7. My son is three and I like to sing a song with him when we pick up his toys! He doesn't like to do it alone, but if I help and sing a song about it, he's all for it!
    maryw1981 at yahoo dot com

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  8. I tweeted about this!
    http://twitter.com/getinonthewins/status/68756031295066112
    maryw1981 at yahoo dot com

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  9. One thing I did successfully was to encourage my boys to eat well at meals by saying " Are you going to win the clean plate award tonight?" It seemed to be a good incentive!
    Melanie
    G L Mixon at msn. com

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  10. In our house we have Marble Jars. They get a certian number of marbles based on how many chores they do, (the number per chore is based on how easily they do the task). They can choose to "cash" in their jars at any given time. Each marble equals to one nickle. At first they would always want to cash in at the end of the day, but now they know how many marbles it takes to get something they want!

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  11. I get my kids excited about chores by bribing them! Works for me!!

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  12. Pick me, pick me:)

    miamihoney@gmail.com

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  13. My 3-year old son loves to help out around the house...so I let him help me as much as possible! I'm hoping this will encourage him a little more when he gets older. :)

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  14. Oh, those toothbrushes look fun!
    PS I love rule D :)

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  15. Excited is stretching it. I'm just happy if I can get them to do it.

    jvmwordsmith@comcast.net

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  16. Tweeted.

    http://twitter.com/?status=http%3A%2F%2Flbfgives%2Eblogspot%2Ecom%2F2011%2F05%2F100-visa-giftcard-giveaway%2Ehtml%23comment-form#!/Jayne_Martin/status/69179071296323584

    jvmwordsmith@comcast.net

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  17. I get my kids to race and see who can get in their carseats and buckle first. The oldest one can get part of the buckle, younger one none but they still like to race getting in!

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  18. Not sure if my last entry went through. I tweeted about the giveaway...
    http://twitter.com/#!/gretacarter

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  19. hmm... lets see. "princesses do that all the time" works every single time no matter what the chore =)

    isteaiheartsz@aol.com

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  20. i blogged about you on my blog : http://mainlybraids.blogspot.com/2011/05/totally-not-hair-related-but-still.html

    isteaiheartsz@aol.com

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  21. Letting kids decorate a toothbrush is a wonderful way to get them excited and involved!!

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  22. This is a great toothbrush for both girls and boys!

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  23. My son is a creature of habit, so if brushing is just what we do before bed, he goes with it! (Works well for some things; not so well when plans change.) :)

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  24. Bribing works for me too! It's the same way I get myself excited...If you do two loads of laundry, you can go to the beach for two hours...:)

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  25. Making the weekly menu is a chore I dread so I have each son choose one meal each week. The meal has to cover the food groups. They learn about what makes a complete meal and it also ensures that at least one person wont complain about dinner on their night.

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  26. I have a chart for my daughter and for each sticker she earns she gets one dollar. At the end of the month we add her stickers up. 10% goes to tithing, 10% goes to her savings and the rest she gets to spend on whatever she wants.
    annabanana_vw (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  27. we're due for a new toothbrush...looks like this is a good option! Moses is so cute! =)

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  28. I have five young children, so there's no bribing or anything going on here (nor will there ever be). I just line them up and get them going. The olders help with the youngers and we work on having a good attitude toward our responsibilities. And responsibilities must be done before "fun stuff."

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  29. I always make cleaning up in the evening a race. We set the timer and try to get the whole house tidied up in that small amount of time. I've never seen my kids run so fast to put their toys away!

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  30. I try to make it a game or competition- who can complete the chore fastest, silliest, quietest, etc

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  31. We hAve a jar with written special mommy and me adventure. For every five shores she get a special adventure !!!

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  32. When my boys were little, to encourage them to eat well, my husband and I would challenge them to see who will win the clean plate award tonight.
    It worked!
    Melanie
    g L mixon at msn . com

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  33. My twitter post is www.twitter.com/tbrasor

    I linked you through using @littlebitfunky!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  34. The way we get our son to help do chores is to "race". He is such a competitve kid that he always wants to beat us. So, we give him a chore, we do a chore and see who can get it done first. This works for now....but he also doesn't mind helping (he's 4). I imagine we will have to come up with something better when he's older!

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  35. My kids love brusjing and flossing because I have always made it fun and not a chore. We use music, dancing, or stickers to make it even more fun!

    Thanks, Crystal! Your AWESOME! :)

    blancacarlson@live.com

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  36. the thing i've found that encourages my kids most with chores is if i do chores with them. this can mean all of us sitting in the living room folding towels together or each of us doing our own chore, but all at the same time, either indoors or out.

    mel.nm.3@gmail.com

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  37. I promise my children we will do something fun like play a game or go to the park after we do the chores

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  38. http://twitter.com/#!/susan1215/status/69575179579301888

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

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  39. When it comes to tidy up the house and pick up toys laying around, I usually get my kinds into a race. Assign each of them with different toys to pick up and see who is the first one to finish! They really get excited and clean up turns into a fun race. My kids love it!

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  40. Doing it together makes it more fun. Sing and act goofy also!

    thanks also for a chance to win!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

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  41. bribes!

    karinaroselee at gmail dot com

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  42. Stickers seem to help!

    annkjonesATgmailDOTcom

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  43. It's always fun to do chores together. It makes them feel like less work when you do them alongside someone else.

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  44. Tweet: http://twitter.com/OneFrugalGirl/status/69785869082558464

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  45. Bribery is definitely what works around here!

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  46. tweet:

    http://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/69797251781894144

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  47. I make the kids feel special and grown up by being able to get their chores done. We also have a chore chart that they love to put stickers on once they complete a job.

    oldnavyash@aol.com

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  48. Tweeted http://twitter.com/smash906/status/69831621158776832

    oldnavyash@aol.com

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  49. I try to make a game out of chores.
    tara.huff(at)gmail(dot)com

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  50. tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/huffychic/status/69850818093924352
    tara.huff(at)gmail(dot)com

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  51. I guess I'm not that creative to get something done. My son(4) just loves to help with the laundry. He thinks it is cool to push the buttons. Now he is so good at it he will change the loads from the washer to the dry and start it an everything. Then he gets the next load in the washer! He loves to try to help fold as well! I've got a keeper! Hope this lasts forever! :0)

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  52. I let my 3yo help out with cooking our meal...when she has a part in it she seems a lot more excited about eating it!!

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  53. My daughter loves to mop! I have no idea where she got that from.

    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

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  54. Chore chart with stars!
    They love stickers.
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

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  55. My daughters just love helping me with laundry and putting everything away. They like it when I give them a lot of complements.
    mom22girlz at ymail dot com

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  56. I tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/mom22girlz/status/70152790843990017

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  57. I always try to create an original song for any chore from teeth-brushing to cleaning up. Music is our own "spoonful of sugar!"

    -Amy
    Crafting by Candlelight

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  58. i just remind her of whatever her outing is supposed to be this coming weekend and she will do it
    sherricrawford70/at/yahoo/dot/com

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  59. I tweeted!!!
    (bibanon1)
    -Amy
    Crafting by Candlelight

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  60. I do not have any kids. But when I was a little kid, I hated brushing my teeth; and my dentist could tell! So he made a deal with me…every time I had a good check-up, he would take me to McDonalds for a kids meal. That motivated me to start brushing better!

    mmburdette22 at yahoo dot com

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  61. by adding music! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  62. http://twitter.com/#!/DesMoinesDealin/status/70320479637999616 scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  63. Stickers and rewards work for us
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  64. http://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/70356295223484416

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  65. Potty training, something they HAVE to do; to encourage them I used a chart where they get to color everyday they where successful in order to keep track, and at the end of the week they would get a treat, favorite game, and outing to the park, etc.

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  66. My 18 month old twins love brushing their teeth as long as I let them do it, but I'm sure the excitement is soon to wear off. Love this!

    jillsawant at hotmail dot com

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  67. i make him act like it's a game..lately he has been helping with the laundry and i let him help sort and i ask silly questions about dark and light clothes
    nannypanpan at gmail.com

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  68. i think if you make things into a game, kids are much more likely to participate!

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  69. I tweeted about this
    http://twitter.com/#!/The_Sunshyn/status/70565967956160512
    chainmail (at) iwon(dot) com

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  70. If I act excited, my 3 year old gets excited and wants to help (unless Thomas or Backyardigans is on).

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  71. My son likes to help sweep the floors, so he now has his own broom and mop, kid-sized! (He's three, I'll take all the help with chores I can get until he realizes it isn't fun anymore!)

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  72. we're using a chore chart where they can earn stars for money

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  73. I use my glass or surface cleaner to spell his name and my 3 year old just loves cleaning the letters away.

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  74. to get m kids excited- i dont make it sound like a chore- i try to make it sound like loads of fun fun!! Thanks for the chance to win!! What a lovely giveaway
    anashct [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  75. I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/anashct/status/71029369694453761
    Thanks for the chance!!
    anashct [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  76. My kids are dying for one of these. This might have to be our next tooth brush

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  77. I just saw these on TV last night and thought we needed them!! I'd love to win a set!

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  78. I have a 2-year-old who is very stubborn. The best way I've found to get him to participate in chores is to make him think the idea was his!

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  79. A timer. Time everything. Emma will do anything if it is a race. If she can 'beat her personal record' for picking up Barbies, it makes her feel great! The fastest laundry haul (collecting dirty laundry and bringing to laundry room) also fun.

    Also, following things on tv. Set the table like they do on Food Network? Loves it.

    Or, brush teeth longer than favorite song is a good one too (this includes dancing in the tooth brushing ritual which may turn messy but is much more fun).

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  80. It depended on what age the child was ...younger children just naturally want to help...older children can do jobs and earn money towards something they would like..and part of the helping should be "we all have responsibilities because we all live here"

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  81. tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/Grandma3710/status/71373494088249344

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  82. I have tried chore charts, and the thing that works best is just making a part of their daily routines, rewarding them with activities and sometimes treats. :)

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  83. tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/themamahood/status/71495912190521344

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  84. I use a star chart for them and do chores w/ them.
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

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  85. I SIMPLY MAKE CHORES LOOK LIKE FUN. IT WORKS! LOL kytah00@yahoo.com

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  86. 2ND ENTRY TWEET @ http://twitter.com/#!/kytah00/status/71636298682732546

    kytah00 at yahoo dot com

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  87. My 5 year old is at a stage where he loves any kind of challenge. So I challenge him when it comes to doing a chore...I bet I can beat you getting A done before you get B done. And it's on.

    psmomreviews@gmail.com

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  88. I tweeted- http://twitter.com/#!/psmomreviews/status/71663093314371584

    psmomreviews@gmail.com

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  89. I'm not a mom but I'm a great-aunt! I like to play the "let's see who can pick up most toys in 3 minutes" game.

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  90. We make cleaning up fun by playing music and dancing while we do it.
    katiekarr at gmail dot com

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  91. I tell my daughter that after our chore, we will do something fun or go somewhere fun. That usually does the trick.

    safety_chick@hotmail.com

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  92. play music while they do chores

    emilynwins at gmail dot com

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  93. what a great idea! so simple, but helpful for the kids!

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  94. we use a coin jar, everytime they do a chore we add a penny, and it adds up to enough to buy themselve a treat

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  95. I like to make things an adventure...what will they find at the bottom of the laundry basket, or at the bottom of the pile of dishes...make it fun, and growing up, they won't mind chores

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  96. artisticbaker at gmail dot com

    for potty training, try this book: The Log Family

    It's hilarious, and little kids love it

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  97. putting anything to music makes it 10x more fun!

    shoppingchic2 at gmail dot com

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  98. When I was a kid, we had to have chores done by Friday in order to watch Saturday morning cartoons. Kids these days have cartoons 24/7 so I'm not sure how this would work... but I needed me some Thundercats.
    shutterboo at gmail dot com

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  99. I would say give a little reward at the end of each week. They will look forward to it....even if its going to the park/zoo

    jessicasweepsmail@gmail.com

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  100. TWEETED
    https://twitter.com/jessicamiller87/statuses/72811672200417280

    jessicasweepsmail@gmail.com

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  101. We make chores a race! A little competition can make chores a lot of fun! sethandshannon1 at yahoo dot com

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  102. tweet http://twitter.com/#!/sethandshannon1/status/73172407522832385 sethandshannon1 at yahoo dot com

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  103. We see who can do things the fastest. Not always a good outcome b/c things do not always get done 100%, but at least it motivates the kids to do something! The toothbrushes look like so much fun. My kids would love them!

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  104. While I'm not a mom, I help my nanny kids get excited about their chores by giving them a time limit. If we are done by ____ time, then we will be able to have time to do _______. They are old enough (8 and 11) that they really enjoy it and it works!

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  105. Aaah, chores! When my kiddos were younger, I utilized everything from monetary rewards, which didn’t really make sense to me because I never liked paying a kid to clean up their own crap (ie their own sty of a room…LOL). However, I had four boys that were somewhat competitive so I hung up a 24x36 poster board with all of the household and yard chores listed. For every chore that was found to be completed upon inspection, there was a sparkly star placed next to their name for the corresponding accomplishment. None of them wanted to “miss” their star for the day, so they were all pretty good about making sure all of their business was taken care of. They would even remind ME to inspect so they could get their star for the day. At the end of the week or month (that changed from time to time), all of the stars were counted up and each person would “paid” for all of their efforts. We would decide ahead of time what that payment would be. Each kid decided what they wanted to work for, so the motivation was always there.

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  106. forgot the email addy: MikimuCurlyQ at gmail dot com

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  107. We set the kitchen timer and sort of have a race--you'd be amazed at what gets accomplished in just 5 minutes!
    Laurajoy63 at yahoo dot com

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  108. i use my creativity in lots of areas...chores isn't really one of them. it's a black and white list printed off the computer. they are expected to do them because theya re a part of our family. end of story. and they do!

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  109. Play a game out of it--Tell him to pick up all of the "yellow cars" or put away all of the "small balls". I also see if he can "make a basket" with his clothes in his hamper. joymorris13 at google dot com

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  110. My daughter has been putting silverware away in the tray since she was about 18 months. It was a sorting activity for her so she never realized it was a chore and since we are putting things away together, it's fun! And I always make it a big deal when she does something helpful to encourage it again.
    jen dot a dot stokes at gmail dot com

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  111. We have a sticker chart for our chores and after the week if they have done them all they get a reward like ice cream, a book, a mommy and son date. It works for us because the reward is something we all can enjoy and not just some meaningless toy.

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  112. I will give my children some candy after we do the chores, they love it.
    merleandtina@yahoo.com

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  113. http://twitter.com/#!/HappyTina0115/status/73404909160108033
    merleandtina@yahoo.com

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  114. My son is obsessed with doing what I do and loves Swiffering. However, he was having a hard time maneuvering it because it was so big, so I just took out two of the handle sections and it's the perfect size for him. I just leave it out with his toys and he'll sweep the house almost everyday. It's fantastic!

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  115. We sing songs while we clean-makes it a little more fun!

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  116. Joy and I do the same thing, make it a game, and see if he can get all the red ones, then who can get the green ones, or who can clean up their area faster, etc.

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  117. We play the Music Box Cleanup to tidy up. We play the "music box" (or radio) for 2-3 minutes and tell them to clean as fast as they can and when the music stops, they are done, no matter what else is left on the floor. It's amazing how much they get done in 2-3 minutes! They even ask to play it!

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  118. Well I dont have kids, but I do have a daycare and when it is time to clean up the toys. I each give them a tote and have them clean up all the toys they can in a minute. They go really fast and at the end if all are cleaned up we have a little snack. They really enjoy caring their own tote around. I make it into a game and they enjoy doing it. :)

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  119. My kids would love to add stickers to there toothbrushes ~ I am sure they would brush there teeth more often. I would love to win!

    kayswederski@yahoo.com

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  120. I let them know I noticed them doing their chores and appreciate them.
    tssk10(at)gmail(dot)com

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  121. I tweeted this giveaway - @tssk10
    tssk10(at)gmail(dot)com
    http://twitter.com/#!/tssk10/status/73944012465258497

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  122. I do daycare for two of my grandkids- and these brushes would help a LOT in getting them to brush even more! What fun they look like.

    Gramma Deb

    spacemonkey907 (at) yahoo.com

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  123. a chore rewards chart! works like a charm.
    lyndsey dot hauck at gmail dot com

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  124. My friend uses McDonald's or Burger King (lol!) Her son loves the toys that come in the kids meals. Works everytime.
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  125. tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/disneyfan40/status/74271343545303040
    tweety800265(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  126. I used to tell my children (now grown!) that they would get double the amount of time playing that they spent on the chore. They always pitched right in and got their jobs done!

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  127. When my children were small I used to get them to brush their teeth by making a game out of it with hugs and a sing along. helenkeeler@comcast.net

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  128. I was lucky - my daughter loved to "help" around the house :)
    bingomamanorma(at)gmail(dot)com

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  129. Music always makes chores more fun! And by the way - my mom says she potty trained me really quickly by using a musical toilet paper roller - if I used the potty I got to roll out some paper!
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  130. tweet! https://twitter.com/LAMusing/status/74337275776999425
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  131. sing songs while doing it

    jcwga@hotmail.com

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  132. With my 17 month old I make it a game to make a funny sound when I put a toy in her toybox so then she finds making the sound cool and mimics it, repeats and finds it fun to put her toys away. I love it.

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  133. RT--
    https://twitter.com/#!/mk198513/status/74669843953094656

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  134. I don't have any tricks to get my kids to do chores. They are naturally lazy. But the saying,"If mama ain't happy, nobody's happy" is taken literally at my house. So to keep from suffering the wrath of mama, they do their chores whether they want to or not.
    traymona[at]aol.com

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  135. love thew brush, i like how he made it fun with the stickers. songs are a great idea!
    ashlomb @ yahoo dot com

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  136. http://twitter.com/jepeuxetsy/status/74880143910387713

    tweet
    ashlomb @ yahoo dot com

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  137. We have set times throughout the week when we turn on some fun music and everybody cleans up!
    lesleymitchell52@yahoo.com

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  138. My 4.5 year-old loves to be a helper and she thrives on praise given after completing tasks. My 2.5 year-old.... well, he knows sissy will do it, so why bother. He is my challenge right now and needs more than just verbal praise! BTW I have loved following your boys and can't believe how much Moses has changed since starting pre-school and Aaron is toooo adorable (I sometimes feel that he and my J could be twins!) I have been praying for you and your hearts desire to move "home".

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  139. I guess I am from another time. Do you play a game for them to go to school. NO it is expected. Brushing teeth is the same thing and picking up toys, etc. But you have to do the same yourself.

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  140. http://sodahoney.blogspot.com/2011/05/spinbrush-my-way.html

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  141. I thought I had commented but I remember that I didnt because blogger was having issues! Please enter me! Thanks!

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  142. We make it a 'race'! Sometimes I'll take a peice of cardboard and a big marker and tally how many toys we pick up, and the one with the most wins!

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  143. For some things we set a time to see if we could beat the deadline. If we did, we celebrate!

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  144. tweet:
    http://twitter.com/#!/tammigirl/status/75339799870976002

    tammigirl @ gmail.com

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  145. We praise them and make chores into a game of who can get the chore done first.

    vgsaxon(at)gmail(dot)com

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  146. I tweeted this giveaway.

    http://twitter.com/#!/CALLBR549/status/75403367345692672

    @CALLBR549
    vgsaxon(at)gmail(dot)com

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  147. Just add music!
    Thanks for the contest.

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  148. blogged: http://slehan.blogspot.com/2011/05/win-100-from-blogher-and-my-way.html

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  149. I think doing the chores with them and making it a fun activity--using singing, rhymes, race to see who finishes first. All these things take boring out of the chore. Kids hate to be bored!

    mail.nw415 at gmail dot com

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  150. Do it with them...one on one Mommy time can be special!

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  151. my kids are grown but I certainly imagine this toothbrush would really help out with the brushing the teeth chore!

    debbiebellows(at)gmail(dot)com

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  152. tweeted here:

    http://twitter.com/bellows22/status/75788119819030528

    debbiebellows(at)gmail(dot)com

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  153. The only chore my son was excited about was throwing away garbage - he had a dance and everything! I did play the "look back and see if the room looks the way it did when we came in" game to try to keep rooms straightened. But my son never thought that was very exciting!

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  154. I tweeted...

    lbf-giveaways: $100 Visa Giftcard Giveaway! :) http://t.co/ei8kwAM

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  155. Such cute photos! We try to get the kids excited for chores by turning them into a game!

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

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  156. I tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/#!/roomofmyown/status/76121114471956480

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

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  157. I tweeted...

    lbf-giveaways: $100 Visa Giftcard Giveaway! :) http://t.co/ei8kwAM

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  158. We like to sing a song while we do our chores!
    tara.huff(at)gmail(dot)com

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  159. I get my 40yr old involved with me in the kitchen and garden. She loves to help. I think kids like to help and if you let them on projects that seem too big for them then they will want to help more on the everyday things.

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  160. Sorry that was supposed to be 4-yr old :)

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  161. They are 2 1/2 so getting them to help pick up toys can be really difficult, I like to play the "who can pick up more toys" game or make up a silly song or make their stuffed animals pick up the toys and wonder out loud if they'll ever find someone to help them, usually works!
    lilpinksock31(at)gmail(dot)com

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  162. http://twitter.com/#!/lilpinksocks/status/77133113783889920
    lilpinksock31(at)gmail(dot)com

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  163. We started with the chore of cleaning his room each night. We started by putting a "W" on the calander for each time he completed it. The W was a very exciting thing and he loved looking at the calander to see how many he had. Once he had about 14 or so, we would go to Wal-Mart and pick out a new bakugan or other small toy!

    Thanks,

    selinda_mccumbers at yahoo.com

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  164. The way that we try to get our girls excited about chores, is with a chart where they get to earn stars. Once they get to ten stars they get a prize. It worked a lot better in the very early stages though, so now we are back to just singing silly little songs about everything :)
    BTW, I have heard that a creative way to get boys excited about potty training is to put fruit loops in the tolit and have them try to hit them...I dunno, I have three girls!!
    Thanks for a great post!
    Katrina
    tinymansmom@sbcglobal.net
    www.proverbs-31-wife.blogspot.com

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  165. I tweeted!
    http://twitter.com/#!/tinymansmom/status/77794079706062848

    Katrina
    tinymansmom@sbcglobal.net
    www.proverbs-31-wife.blogspot.com

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  166. We have a post-chore celebration of their choosing so the sooner the work is done the quicker we can have fun.

    sylvieanddudes@yahoo.com

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  167. I let them pick a movie to watch that night for doing chores
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  168. tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/ChelleB36/status/77952844837306368
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  169. What a fun giveaway! We always tell my nephew that whatever he's playing with has to go night night! haha!

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  170. Oh to fill my gas tank up to the brim... almost twice... yes, $100 sounds nice!

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  171. my husband has a spinbrush and thinks is the greatest thing that ever happened!

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  172. I use quarters to motivate my son to do a few extra chores for me.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

    andrealangman@yahoo.com

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  173. We have a cleanup song that we sing every time it's time to pick up. Works everytime!

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  174. I don't have kids of my own but my sister used to use posters that could be decorated with fun stickers whenever a chore was completed.

    rogsdock[at]gmail[dot]com

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  175. My daughter and I sing the clean up song while we pick up the living room and her bedroom. She likes it :)

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  176. My daughter loves to make up songs for chores. Also, she loves to feel like she is contributing so I try to involve her in little things like putting the wet laundry into the dryer or putting the silverware away from the dishwasher.

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  177. i encourage the kids i used to babysit for by setting a timer---then i'd help too and we'd "race" to get the chore (like emptying the dishwasher or cleaning their room) done.

    catherine(dot)alley(at)gmail(dot)com

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  178. http://twitter.com/#!/lovemymrmason/status/78184953577357312

    I tweeted!

    catherine(dot)alley(at)gmail(dot)com

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  179. We talk about the fun stuff we'll do after the chores are done. What a great giveaway!

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  180. Usually we do chires on the weekends , so to get them excited I let them know what fun activities we'll be doing after the chores are complete. aybe a trip to the beach or museum

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  181. My kids are older now so I don't have to deal with getting them to do things
    When they were little we had privilege's like one week getting a later bed time or getting to have a friend spend the night or a favorite dessert etc

    Thank you so very much for giving me a chance to be a winner
    Thank you for all your time, effort and hard work

    camper223[at]live[dot]com

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  182. Tweet

    http://twitter.com/#!/camper223/status/78227349660897280

    camper223[at]live[dot]com

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  183. I could always use a $100 visa giftcard!
    Especially with a baby on the way ;)
    Biz

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  184. I try to create fun little games that involve doing chores.

    ccboobooy at gmail dot com

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  185. Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/computerfan/status/78339473913548800

    cranky30[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  186. A very good idea! want one for myself!

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  187. Chores are always more fun if you can make it into a game. If it's picking up toys, see if you can pick up a certain number of toys in a set time frame (adjust to the age and skill level of your child).

    the imagine tree at aol dot com

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  188. I've given away small prizes when I used to babysit. It made me and the kids very happy lol
    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  189. tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/aes529/status/78539062662795264
    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  190. i set the timer for a couple of minutes- depending on how many toys are left out and when it goes off- if all the toys are picked up -they get something- a sticker or maybe a sucker- just depends what time of the day it is
    tcogbill at live dot com

    sorry google wont let me leave comments

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  191. Chore charts with stickers!

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  192. what a fun giveaway...
    forr2girls at charter dot net

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  193. Quarters usually work! lol

    No really. My kids will do just about anything if I help. If mom is willing to do it, they are willing to do it!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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