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Dad Shows Teens How To Use the Dishwasher
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Dad To His Teenage Kids: “This, here, is a dishwasher.”

 

For those parents who are sick of reminding the kids to actually clean up after themselves or help out every once in awhile, this dad will be your new best friend - or, quite possibly, your hero. Frustrated with his kids leaving dishes around for him to clean up, he made a video introducing the teens to a dishwasher and explaining how the process works. 

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What Back-to-School Resolutions Do You Have As A Mom?

Finley, the 1st grader, brought home the first homework yesterday.

She has to turn in homework every Friday by 8am, and if she doesn't she gets sent to study hall for the day.  Yikes!  So we decided that homework time would be Monday through Thursday at 4pm.  She has to sit down and do the homework before she gets the Wii privileges or before softball practice.  Homework at 4 is one of our resolutions.

I read about one mom setting the "no electronics after 8pm" resolution.  Do you have any?

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Jen Austin Facebook
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Does The Tooth Fairy Come If You Literally Lose The Tooth?

 

If you have a 6-year old like I do, chances are the tooth fairy makes regular trips to your house.  Where does the he/she get all that money? The tooth fairy leaves on average, $3.70 per tooth. Sounds cheap, but these kids have more than one tooth, ya know?

Finley lost another tooth last night on the way to softball practice, and that led to an unexpected meltdown.  Here's why.

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This Butterfly Cuteness Will Make You Smile

These boys started with a caterpillar and now they've got a butterfly, and the time has come to set it free.  What a memorable way to let it go.

My kids would have reached out and grabbed the poor butterfly, but these brothers have restraint

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Jen Austin's daughter
Jen Austin's daughter
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Finally! The Middle Child Gets All The Attention

 

Oh that poor middle child, always the forgotten and neglected one and rarely the center of attention.  That's my middle child in the pic, and she's not afraid to yell and stomp until she's noticed.  Middle kids do what they gotta do!

The middle child will get all the love next week in Boise!

It's a night just for them, and they'll even be able to get autographs from talented sports stars who also happen to be middle children.

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Here’s How To Get The Kids To Do What You Want

 

Sometimes my kids don't listen.  I KNOW!!  It's hard to accept the fact that kids have minds of their own, stubborn streaks, and little pint-sized power assertions that make them tell a mother no. Perhaps you can relate.

But this may help us.  

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William Thomas Cain/Getty Images
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Kids Sure Can Talk You Into A Lot Of Crap At The Store!

You go to the grocery store with a list that you're going to stick to, and the next thing you know you've got a cart full of junk you don't need.  Because the kids talked you into it! Dang it!

I dropped the kindergartner off at school today and then stopped at the grocery store with the 4 and 2-year olds.  I ended up with extra cheese pizza, drinkable yogurt I hadn't planned on because they said, "Mama, it's healthy," and an Easter Egg coloring kit that was on sale for 99 cents.  Easter will not be over in our house.

It could have been much worse.  Here's what those sneaky kids tried to put in the cart, but I made them put it back.

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Kid Baseball Player Pitcher
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OPP-Is This Dad Right For Keeping His Son On The Sidelines?

How do these two parents come to an agreement about their son participating in a sport? Should the mom just give in or is there a way to make this dad see he is hurting his son?

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