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Not too long ago, during one of our usual trips to Target, my oldest stood in the middle of the store begging for a new Lego set. It wasn’t a holiday or his birthday, actually, it wasn’t a special occasion at all, but as you can imagine, when I told him no, it didn’t go over very well. My kids are not spoiled brats by any means, but they certainly don’t go without either. Occasionally they get treats, but I don’t want any of them to think that they are entitled to get things simply because they want them. That day I realized that it was officially time to start teaching our 5.5 year old a little about responsibility. To this point, our kids have been asked to clean up their own toys when they are done with them (with me picking up the slack), but beyond that, none of them do much more to “pull their weight” around here. I want my kids to be kids, but I also want to prepare them for the world ahead, and instill in them the value of working for things and earning them on their own.
I decided that we should start small… Max is only five after all, but he’s more than capable when it comes to certain chores. So, I explained to him how he could earn an allowance by doing certain things around the house. Helping to set the table, occasionally helping me dust or vacuum (he actually loves both of these chores), and making his own bed every day were on the list. As you can probably guess, there was a bit of a learning curve. He was more than willing to help when he understood that he would earn money for helping around the house, and truly proud about the fact that he was doing things for himself (by himself), but a bit confused when I explained that each task would earn him a quarter, and that he needed four quarters to make a dollar… beyond that, that he needed to save up his dollars to get certain toys, but he stuck with me without much of a fight. His dusting skills weren’t exactly top notch, and don’t even get me started on what his bed looked like after he “made” it, but then we discovered Beddy’s and things got a whole lot better
Beddy’s make it about a million times easier for your child to make their bed all by themselves. Rather than the old fashioned way of making a bed, with beddy’s, you can quickly zip your bed up and have it perfectly made in just seconds. On top of that, their bedding makes my life so much easier too, because it is all one piece. The whole thing fits onto your mattress like a fitted sheet would, and when you unzip it, you’ll find a regular sheet and a super soft minky lining on top. When I’m ready to wash Max’s bed, I simply pull it off all in one piece and into the washer it goes. No stripping sheets, blankets and comforters separately!
Another thing that we love about Beddy’s, is that because of the way Max’s bed is positioned in the middle of his room, rather than along a wall, he may or may not have rolled out of his bed a couple of times. With the zippers that run along both sides of Beddy’s bedding, when we tuck him in at night, we can actually secure him in his bed by zipping him in!
We chose the “Game On” design, because the blue and white stripes were the perfect match for the boy’s room, which is full of primary colors. The coordinating shams and bedding itself are so soft, and the quality of the whole set is really impressive. We’re getting ready to turn Ella’s room into a “big girl” bedroom, and I’ve already got my eye on a set for her. She has been pretty jealous of Max’s bedding, but also of his getting to earn an allowance for doing chores, so I’m thinking we might as well go with it and start teaching her about responsibilities now as well. The simplicity of Beddy’s zipper design will make it easy enough for her to make her own bed too, and she is only 3.5.
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What’s one thing you did to teach your child about responsibility?