How can you keep your kids busy, motivated, having fun, feeling accomplished and productive, and off those darn screens this summer? My hubby and I came up with a "Duckwitz Summer Challenge" to help us with all that and so far it's working well! I've had been asked lots of questions about it and I think it could be a great idea for you too, so I'll try to explain it all here!
My hubby recently finished a health challenge at work and boy, if that didn't motivate him more than anything I've seen! He jogged in place in our bedroom before midnight to get his steps in for the day (haha, I know), then ran to the fridge to get another serving of vegetables for some bonus points. He read lots of books. He stayed away from diet drinks (which is huge for him) and processed sugar (wait, what? MY hubby?). That gave me the idea that something similar could definitely motivate my girls, so we created this "Duckwitz Summer Challenge."
My girls are 14 and 10, but you could modify this for any age. You could really simplify it down to the most basic things you'd like to see your kids do.
The basic idea is a point system with rewards. I know, that seems like nothing new, but here are some reasons this one works...
What I love about it:
We will not be mad if they don't do it and we won't tell them what to do. I'm serious. :) They DO have a few of their regular jobs that they normally have to do before they go off to play (like make the bed, practice piano, etc) - but we added that to the list so they can get points if they do all those.
--It's positive motivation.
I haven't had to nag or hand out negative consequences.
--They do it on their own.
It's self motivated and they keep track of it. Sure, I help sometimes, but there are very few questions about what they need to do. Younger kids will obviously need more help, but having a list keeps you organized, so you don't have to think so hard every day either.
What do you want them to learn? I want them to know how to do a load of laundry from start to finish, cook a meal, grow a garden, etc., so I included those on the list.
--No more "I'm bored!" comments.
It gives your kids lots of ideas of some productive, worthwhile, and fun activities to do.
(..even if it looks like it...) It gives points for things they are already doing, so you're not just adding things to your list of things to do.
I can award points based on things I reeeeeally want them to do. 200 points for finishing a chapter book? Heck, yes!
--Sense of accomplishment.
They feel good doing worthwhile things, and they even get rewarded with points and prizes! They can look back at the end of the summer and see all that they did.
--I can do it too.
There are lots of things I'd like to do and things I'd like to improve on too. When I keep track on paper I feel a lot more accomplished (you know, to combat the "I-don't-know-what-I-even-did-today" feeling that moms sometimes get?) Go ahead, add a category for "kept the kids alive".
OK - so what is the reward? We needed a giant prize at the end of the summer -- something that would actually motivate them to DO the challenge, right? Well, we couldn't think of anything great this time around so we settled on a big wad of cold, hard cash as soon as they reach 6,500 points. Then they can buy the prize of their choice. They have until August 15, but if they get to 6,500 sooner they can have the prize sooner! They also get little surprise rewards along the way... so far they got a couple of shopkins after the 1st week and kinetic sand when they got to 1,000 points. I'd also like to give them something if they do a certain challenge that they haven't done yet. Whatever keeps em going...
Click here for a pdf download if you would like a jumping off point! Yep, free.
What do you think? What do you do with your kids in the summer? Will you do a summer challenge? What will be on your list?
I get so many nice comments about our no slip hair clips. You LOVE them and I really love that you love them! If you haven't tried them yet, here's some info:
Featuring our no slip clips from our "Denim and Floral" collection.
Feel beautiful. Play hard.
All hair clips come with a fantastic gripper strip that keeps it in place through all the summer play! The gripper strip is CPSIA compliant, thus totally safe for use in children’s products. The clip is also lined with ribbon for durability and beauty, while leaving the bottom exposed for easy clipping.
Here are some no slip clips from our Denim and Floral Collection...
Some answers to frequently asked questions
about our handmade barefoot sandals...
These sandals are handmade for your little one to 'feel beautiful' and 'play hard' this summer!
Find our limited edition barefoot sandals in our
'Denim and Floral Collection' HERE for a limited time.
Warnings: This item may contain small pieces that can become choking hazards to children - adult supervision is required. Color may vary slightly, due to differences in cameras and computer monitors.
These beautiful goodies will be gone after March 31,
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There is LOVE'IN THE HAIR! See what I did there? Wow, my pun-loving daughter is really rubbing off on me. I 'LOVED' (had to do it again) scanning through the amazing hairstyle accounts on Instagram and found so many adorable and amazing Valentine hairstyles. Luckily, my littles (who are not so little anymore) were willing to let me play with their hair! Here are six easy styles that you can do with not much time or hair styling experience.
#1 Braided Heart
#2 Braided Heart
I'm not sure if I saw this exact braided heart anywhere in particular. We just experimented and it worked! Part it down the middle and about 2" to each side to get two sections of hair. Braid each section, starting as close to the middle part as possible. Make a bit of mini bun with each braid by guiding the braid up, toward the middle, then out to the side of the head. Secure with a bobby pin. This will give it a natural arch for the round parts of the heart. Connect the braids with an elastic at the bottom. Keep two braids going down the length of the hair, or have them end at the bottom of the heart, or leave them halfway like we did. Bow: Valentine Fabric Hair Bow by BowSweet
#3 Heart Part
#4 Linked Heart
Linked heart style, inspired by
brownhairedbliss on Instagram. Super cute with the hair down, or pulled back into a messy side bun with a glitter hair bow. Start with three ponytails, flip them using a Topsy Tail, then weave the ends around each other and secure with an elastic at the bottom. This style took a little more time, and ended up a little bit messier. Most of the frustration was just with her thin, fly-away hairs. More water spritzing and gel would've done the trick to clean it up.
#5 Mermaid Heart Braid
What's great about this hairstyle is that it looks much more complicated than it is! Check out this video from Cute Girls Hairstyles to see the Mermaid Heart Braid. This style took the longest, but could still be done in 15 min or less. And I'm all about not waking up too early in the mornings! Bow: Satin Fabric Bow by BowSweet.
#6 The Love Bun
Check out Cute Girl's Hairstyles tutorial HERE. Bow: Burlap Love Bow by BowSweet.
Wanna know the secret to the heart bun?? It's not a hidden Mickey - it's a hidden doughnut bun maker! Just use a couple of elastics to make the circle into a heart. Put the ponytail into the hole in the middle of the bun maker, slide the 'mickey' down against the head. Lay the hair evenly over the top, loop another elastic over the hairs, and wrap the remaining hairs around the base of the bun. LOVE it!
Bow: Valentine Fabric Bow by BowSweet
#IF ALL ELSE FAILS
And if all else fails, just clip in a BowSweet Valentine bow!
What style will you be doing this Valentine's Day? We'd love to see them!
Our Spring 2017 Collection is here!
(and on sale too!)
Available until March 31.
Yeah, I know it's still winter. But, I need a little happy pick-me-up at this time of year and these are definitely happy colors! Soft tones of "greenery" (the Pantone color of the year), taffy pink, and hawaiian blue... ooo...I wish I could be in Hawaii right now.... Oops! Focus...
Purchase these items separately (which ARE on sale), or get the whole collection at a crazy slashed price!
And check this out! ---> The first five orders that include anything from our Spring Collection will get a free bow for St. Patrick's Day! Spring will be here before you know it and you can have your happy colors ready!
Get your green on!
St. Patrick's Day will be here and you won't want to get pinched! Check out our new fabric bow, along with adorable mini bows and a shamrock ribbon sculpture!
Hey guys!! GUYS!!
Exciting news! BowSweet is featured in February's issue of Vogue!
Whaaaat? Yep, that's right.
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These fantastic fabric bows come in two sizes and can be mounted on a clip or headband. Pictured is the large size.
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Hey locals! Stop by and get a killer deal on meticulously handmade hair accessories and jewelry for baby, girls and women. Take home some Christmas beauties or every day items for gifts and stocking stuffers! Exclusive for this open house: buy three items, get one free (lowest priced item)! Prices vary. We will also be clearancing our Halloween and other items. Stop by this Thursday 11-1 or Saturday 10-12! Located in SW Lehi - message me for the address. Credit cards accepted. Check us out at bowsweet.com!