Author: Dawn Zapp

How I Hired My Tween (To Do Her Chores)!

After numerous chore charts and systems over the past 11 years, I finally came up with a winning game-plan to get my tween to do her chores. Some families pay their children an allowance based on doing chores and some families pay their children an allowance that is not related to doing chores but with an expectation of contributing to the family workload and enjoying the benefits of the family income. Whatever works for you is great, but neither of these were working for me. So I had to change it up. I saw a brilliant idea on Pinterest...

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4 Reasons Victoria Moms Blog Loves Varsity Detailing {GIVEAWAY!}

We’ve partnered with Varsity Detailing to bring you a first-hand experience with their services. All opinions are my own and 100% genuine! Since becoming a mom, I’ve had to let go of that desire for a spotless and clean car. If it weren’t for my husband cleaning the exterior every, our vehicle would resemble something from a monster truck rally. Having a clean exterior allows me to hide the embarrassment that lives inside of it. But when I drive my tween daughter and her friends around, it’s quite the scene as they all play detective asking “what’s that wet...

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Moms … This is Why We’re Crazy

You’ve likely experienced or heard that women are taking on the majority of not only the physical responsibilities of managing a family and a household, but also the emotional or mental workload that is associated with that. It’s no wonder people like Bunmi Laditan, author of “Confessions of a Domestic Failure“, are able to so accurately describe what it means to be a mom in today’s age and why we are literally bat-shit crazy! Just take a look at one of her posts about the demands placed on us as parents and you’ll go crazy just thinking about it....

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How I Ended the Chore War with My Husband

Do women do more housework than men? Who does the brunt of child care? Who looks after the pets? What about the Christmas and Birthday gift shopping? Do men really have more free time to use as they please? According to research published by UK parenting website Mumsnet, who surveyed 1,000 working mothers, it found that on average men spend 5 hours a week doing housework while women spend double that even if they put a full day in at work! Men were found to be primarily responsible for just three household chores – taking out the trash, replacing light bulbs...

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The Complexities of “It Takes a Village”

I planned to write a post on how breastfeeding looks and feels at your child’s different ages; but instead I thought I’d write about the time-honoured “village”. That is, the village that we entrust to help us raise our children in. I’ll save the other post for another time. The other day, I received a Facebook notification that someone had posted in one of the new groups I had joined. It was a Peaceful Parenting group. I like to think I am a pretty peaceful person and have worked hard to be a peaceful mama; I am always trying to...

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