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Advice for Getting Kids to Help With Chores

 There is a never ending story with house work. I have a system with my kids to minimize all the work for me, it is actually healthy to give them responsibilities. This way, they will know how to take care of themselves later on in life. I started when they were around 5 years old. I gave them one chore per week. As they grow, I increase the list. Fridays are the cut out date. If they do not accomplish the chore during the week they have to do it on their free time which is weekends. They hate that, so they always try to do it before. I only reward them if they go out of their way to do extra chores (for example, shredding papers, yard work, dusting living room, or helping each other). This way we have more free time to enjoy together.

Now if they wait for the next week all their privileges are taken away. This means no TV, no video games, no friends over, no phones, and no internet. With these rules I am certain they do their chores.:)

Some tips:

*Charts and stickers- We check the chart every Friday, if it is full they get special play time with me (anything they want to play with me) and a special treat.

*Tell them what dessert or treat you are planning for the weekend.

*Type the list of their chores so they can cross it after they accomplished their chore.

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Halloween Eve Part 2

Zoey kept on begging her mother to protect her fro the monsters under the bed. Lily just rolled her eyes thinking, “child’s play.”

“Please mommy! The monster is going to eat me!” Zoey cried.

“Settle down you baby, you’re just cranky cause it’s past your bed time,” Lily laughed.

“I hate sharing a bunk bed with my sister!” Zoey thought not daring to say it out loud.

Their mother left and it had been about an hour or two.

“Stop moving you baby!” Lily shouted as Zoey kept on moving around in her bed.

Five more minutes passed.

“Lily, I can’t wait till Halloween tomorrow,” Zoey said peaking her head down to her sister.

“Go back to bed! I thought you were scared!” Lily said yelling.

But when she looked up it wasn’t her sister at all.

“Happy Halloween!” The monster with no face and goo spilling out down said.

Lily screamed as she was pulled under the bed. Nothing stirred, but as the clock struck two A.M. a large hand with enormous claws came from under the bed

By: Mia A.

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Halloween Eve

My mother kissed me goodnight and started to leave my room.

“Mom,” I said, “It’s Halloween Eve and the monsters are going to get me!”

“Oh sweetie, there are no such things as monsters. Here I’ll leave on the lamp,” My mother answered leaving my room.

After an hour of good sleep I awoke to a loud noise from coming under my bed at two A.M.

“Hello?” I asked.

Instead of a reply I received a low growl. I looked at the floor seeing all of my wooden blocks with letters on them scattered. Suddenly a large hand reached out with enormous claws moving the wooden blocks around to spell my name. Sky.

“Sky,” the monster said in a screechy voice.

I didn’t move, scream, or cry as the monster dragged its hand back under the bed. I simply thought, “Oh mother I wish you would believe me.” Then I just watched as it slowly dragged it’s self from under the bed, climbing its way on to my bed.

By: Mia A.