Grown Up Pirate Party Ideas

Written by John Lenaghan

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Decorating for a pirate party can also involve treasure chests, buckets overflowing with iced beverages, palm fronds across door frames and tables covered in bright tropical colors or evenrepparttar pirate flag of skull and cross bones. Food ideas can be roasted turkey legs, beverages served in frosty mugs, and fruit-filled watermelon boats. Having some sea going songs playing inrepparttar 145842 background along with sounds of Jimmy Buffet are other ideas for carrying out your theme.

Use good judgment about serving alcohol and recruit a few pirates or feisty “wenches” to serve as designated drivers ifrepparttar 145843 need arises. Whenrepparttar 145844 party ends, you want to be 100% certain that everyone sails safely home.

John Lenaghan writes about party planning and other tips for the Party Ideas 4u website, where he provides valuable tips and advice about Halloween party ideas, birthday party ideas and other party planning topics.

Kids Can Clean, Too!

Written by Kathryn Weber

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Training kids to clean properly also relies on giving them age-appropriate jobs aroundrepparttar house -- and not expecting perfection. That doesn’t mean they should be allowed to do a sloppy job, either. Asrepparttar 145824 Cleaning Editor of BellaOnline, I dig cleaning. That’s why I’mrepparttar 145825 editor of this site. But, I don’t expect my kids to haverepparttar 145826 same standards that I do. But, I expect them to be able to do an acceptable job appropriate to their age and abilities. When my kids do a poor job, I simply tell themrepparttar 145827 shirt needs to be refolded, for example, and have them correctrepparttar 145828 situation torepparttar 145829 best of their abilities.

The whole family pitches in when we need to go somewhere and have to clean in a hurry or when we need to do a thorough cleaning. Having kids cleanrepparttar 145830 house teaches them responsibility, appreciation and care for their surroundings, and self-pride in a job well done. That’s something every child should experience for themselves.

Housekeeping Chores and Duties for Children

Ages 3 to 5

  • Help straighten a room
  • Help make their bed
  • Bring items from one room to another
  • Help set or setrepparttar 145831 table
  • Help clear or clearrepparttar 145832 table
  • Bring towels torepparttar 145833 laundry
  • Swiffer
  • Gather trash
  • Ages 6 to 10

  • Sweep
  • Make their bed every day
  • Do dishes
  • Straighten and pick up
  • Load/unload dishwasher
  • Vacuum
  • Fold & put away laundry
  • Dust
  • Clean baseboards window sills
  • Take out trash
  • Ages 11 to Until they’re out ofrepparttar 145834 house

  • Sweep, Vacuum
  • Make their bed every day
  • Straighten and pick up
  • Operate Washer/Dryer; do laundry
  • Clean bathrooms
  • Dust
  • Clean windows
  • Do dishes/load and unload dishwasher

  • Kathryn Weber is the publisher of The Red Lotus Letter feng shui e-zine ( and cleaning editor for BellaOnline and is interested in helping you create a home worthy of living in.

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