KidsKanban

Kanban for my kids

Had to reblog this post by Dana. Great idea to apply a project management tool to real life.

A bit about the simple yet powerful tool Kanban. It was invented by a Taiichi Ohno, an industrial engineer at Toyota. All you need is a board and post-it notes and you can move tasks from one column (stage) to the next as they are completed.

If you prefer this tool in the form of a free app then Trello is great for personal use.

Ramblings of a Project Manager

I am a working mom of three wonderful kids, but seriously getting three kids up, ready, fed and out the door can be an epic challenge every single day.   If you have kids like mine they never seen to remember the tasks that need to be done everyday. The same tasks never change but they can’t seem to focus on them and they can’t seem to get any of them done with out me hounding them for status….are you done yet, are you done yet, are you done yet.   All I can think each morning is please make the pain of this stop.

Each weekend the kids also have their chores that they are responsible for completing.  I use to create little todo lists for each of them and then they would cross off the tasks as they completed them.  This worked well for the weekend chores but not so well for creating…

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Tomorrow She is Never Again Four Years Old (Not Even One Dot)

jen groeber: mama art

I look at the clock and it’s 11:34 pm. I picture my newly minted five-year-old, asleep in her bed, covered with the Hello Kitty blanket I stayed up until past midnight last night to make, her hands curled under her ear, like the fiddlehead ferns she begged me to buy in the grocery store last week. I wonder, does she know that she has twenty-six minutes (now twenty) left of being in the in-between?

Because on her birthday this morning, she began as a four-year-old. And four-year-olds are young. They’re like babies. They go to pre-school. They say things like, “I liked it, but only one dot,” and everyone nods in wonderment. They are allowed to lisp. They always get right of way, whether on a bike or in a pool or playing Skipbo. Because they’re just four. And everyone else, at least everyone else in my house…

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Kids Overeat When They’re Stressed, Study Says

This study is against over controlling a child’s eating.

TIME

Next time you watch Bambi with your kids, you may want to hide the ice cream: A new study shows that 5-to-7-year-old children tend to eat more when they’re sad.

According to a new study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,kids are more likely to overeat when they are upset, especially if their parents have used food as a reward in the past. The study notes that stress eating is a learned and unnatural behavior, since stress and emotional turmoil usually reduce appetite, rather than increasing it. The fact that children were found to have stress eating tendencies at this age suggests that emotional overeating is something children learn in early childhood, perhaps because of the way their parents feed them.

The researchers divided the kids into two groups, asked them to color a picture, and then told them they would get a toy once the coloring…

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Former Quidsi Execs Launch Primary, A New Site For Kids’ Clothing Essentials

Low price points for basic kids clothes online. Only in solid colours with no patterns.

TechCrunch

A pair of former Quidsi execs, Galyn Bernard and Christina Carbonell, longtime employees who stayed with the company through its acquisition by Amazon.com, are today launching a new e-commerce site today called Primary which focuses on the kids’ clothing market. The two, who are both parents themselves as well as savvy marketers, believe there’s still a untapped opportunity in the industry to offer quality kids’ clothing at more affordable price points by selling direct-to-consumer online, as opposed to through brick-and-mortar storefronts.

Carbonell, Primary’s co-founder and COO, was the third employee at Quidsi, while Bernard joined later in 2010. With backgrounds in marketing, the founders helped the company known for its websites like Diapers.com grow from an $11 million dollar business to one that reached $500 million following its purchase by Amazon.

The co-founders left Quidsi last February to focus on their new project, which Bernard explains as something of a personal passion. Shopping for kids’ clothing online today is…

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Why Amish Kids Are Happier than Yours

It all makes sense. Great advice.

TIME

Modern parents face tons of advice – a lot of it conflicting. New research seems to come out daily, and new experts are always spouting new ideas.

The Amish, on the other hand, hold onto old ways, with limited technology and a simple life. But Amish families are also marked by strong bonds, as novelist Serena B. Miller recognized as she did research for her historical novels about the Amish community. And she found Amish children to be “obedient and
content… and remarkably happy.”

Here are five secrets parents can learn from the Amish, as offered up in Miller’s new book: More Than Happy: The Wisdom of Amish Parenting.

  1. Extended Family. One big hallmark of Amish culture: children grow up not just with their immediate family, but in a broad network of people who know and care about them. And that network doesn’t have to be perfect to work…

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