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Kimberly Eddy has been married to Martin for over 20 years and is the homeschooling mother to five teenagers. She graduated from Northern Michigan University with a degree in Art and Design in 1990. Following her graduation, she took off backpacking around Europe to find herself but God found her instead. She currently lives in rural Michigan. She has been writing since she was a young child, and has written many articles and several short books on a variety of topics. Her books include Joyful Momma’s Guide to Shopping and Cooking Frugally and Quiet Times in Loud Households. Some of Mrs. Eddy's articles have appeared in The Old Schoolhouse, Joyful Noise, Above Rubies, and Focus on the Family's

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  • File Size: 387 KB
  • Print Length: 111 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kimberly Eddy; 1st edition (March 5, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 5, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HPCKKY
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Kimberly Eddy has been married to Martin for over 20 years and is the homeschooling mother to five teens and young adults. She graduated from Northern Michigan University with a degree in Art and Design in 1990. Following her graduation, she took off backpacking around Europe to find herself but God found her instead. She currently lives in rural Michigan.

She has been writing since she was a young child, and has written many articles and several short books on a variety of topics. Some of Mrs. Eddy's articles have appeared in The Old Schoolhouse, Joyful Noise, Above Rubies, and Focus on the Family's Boundless.org Webzine.

Mrs. Eddy enjoys puttering in the kitchen, creating works of art, finding a good bargain, and watching Galaxy Quest.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Danielle on June 18, 2012
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I too faced people telling me off for getting my kids to do chores. Yet the same people often would say, kids are lazy, kids don't know how to do anything etc etc... so I ignore most of that. My own mother told me off for getting my then-6 year old to fold towels. Mom said, "I never made you do cores, you mean thing!" But that was exactly why I was doing this! My childhood bedroom was perfect because the cleaning fairy did it when I was at school. I left home and didn't know how to keep a house. I still struggle and I am 40.

This book gives some great reasons to introduce your child to chores and jobs, all common sense and biblical too, with ways to make it fun, less like work or "chores" and more like learning or just helping out. I learned some extra tips too, and took some moments to make sure my kids understood my expectations, showed them again how to do a few things and did it with them.

Thanks!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Emily on November 2, 2012
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I read this for my sister, who has four kids (6 months to 10) and no time to read. She's been at her wit's end trying to convince her children to clean up after themselves. This book mostly has things you should know intuitively, but it serves as a nice reminder, like a friend gently bringing something you let slip to your attention.

The primary focus is the important lesson that you teach children to do chores not to lighten your load, but rather to prepare them for their lives as adults. When you're in the trenches of parenting, it's sometimes easy to let the big picture slip, and this serves as an excellent reminder. It also points out, quite correctly, that different children have different talents and that you have to understand your child's natural abilities, but not let them off the hook for things they'll need to know later. The specifics breakdown to the right way to encourage toddlers while they're still in their helpful phase and how to bring around older kids who may have been allowed to bypass chores until now. It gives specific lists of the chores that it's reasonable to expect each age group of children to do, and it gives some great examples of natural consequences for not getting things done.

My own daughter is just about to turn five and is still very interested in being helpful, and now I have some good ideas of the right ways to encourage her. Oh that reminds me, the book also gives that helpful jab that consistency is key. One of my daughter's jobs is to take her socks, shoes, and backpack to her room and put them away when we get home from preschool. It takes me approximately 30 seconds to complete this task and her 2-5 minutes, including usually 1-2 reminders from me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Harris on June 4, 2012
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I was pleased to find a book that actually encourages you to start young and teach your children to do jobs properly. I feel like this is largely ignored today and get strange comments from people when I tell them that all of my children help around the house. As a mother of 4 children ages 5 and under with the 5th child due before the first child turns 6, I am busy. Maintaining a house for this many people is a lot of work and I love a method that teaches your children to take up some of the burden themselves.

We've been doing nearly everything in the book (that is applicable to our children's ability) already but I was happy to get ideas for continuing our method later on as they grow up. Thanks for the very inspiring work!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jude on March 17, 2012
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Loved this book.. Kimberly talked about the real issues and challenges of managing a household, without being born with the `neatness gene'. I could totally relate! She offers real and doable solutions, that work in real families. She covered all the possible scenarios that hold me back...it was refreshing to know that it's `not just me'. To be given realistic and achievable solutions was wonderful. 5 Stars!

Please write a homeschooling guide! I :)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stacie Gorkow on August 23, 2012
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I purchased this on my Kindle for $1.99 and it is still currently at that price. Kimberly Eddy is also known as Joyful Momma and her blog is titled Adventures in Mothering. She is a homeschooling mom with a large family and like all moms, she can't do it all. Eddy has many wonderful tips on how to start with your toddlers and work your way up to teenagers and teaching them how to help out around the house. I no longer have toddlers and have been requiring chores for many years, but this book was still quite helpful to me in my approach to the chores with my 7, 11 and 12 year olds.

I had several "lightbulb" moments while reading this book. Here are a few that might be helpful to you as well:

"Chores are not about lightening your load as a mother. Chores are about training our children." It isn't that I was actually thinking of it that way, but did give me a different perspective in my approach with their chores. What chores are life-skills that they will need to know later on in life?

"Hey, you want some help with that? Let me show you a trick that helps me...." Rather than taking offense when I try to assist them with a task, this approach will make things more laid back.

"...having our work noticed makes us feel more encourages the next time we do it..." I know when I have spent all day cleaning or making a delicious meal, I expect it to be noticed and praised and I need to be better about praising the kids after a job well-done.

All in all, this book was just an excellent reminder for how we approach chores in our home and our attitudes about it. If we make them fun, do them together, and remind ourselves we are growing our children into capable adults, then doing a few chores won't be so bad.
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