Chez Mukweto

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A collection of Ideas and lessons learned about Marriage, Crochet, Parenting, sewing and homeschooling.

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How do you make shopping for your family's clothes affordable?

Jacqueline Mukweto

Learning to sew has been a big money saver. Instead of buying clothes for all 6 of us. for example Sometimes it is a matter of up cycling my husbands shirts that he can not wear but are still useable. I can make my girls some cute cute dresses. And only have to buy my husband some shirts instead of all 3 of them some clothes. Also I shop out of season and save the clothes.
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Under what circumstances, if any, is spanking acceptable to you?

Jacqueline Mukweto

Assuming the child has no mental or emotional set backs, there are many times when spanking is acceptable. Now we have to remember the goal for spanking is to get a child to understand the bigger picture, and understand cause and effect ( not to cause physical harm). For example, If I give my child an instruction (big or small) and I ask the child if they heard and understood my instruction, and they reply "yes" they are then required to execute the task immediately. If they do not I will ask why and hear them out and remind them that it must be done. If the task is ignored again a spanking is acceptable. The bigger picture is that the child must learn to follow instructions, and listen to authority. If I let this go those two life skills may not be learned well, or ever or it might be learned to late. The same applies if they are asked not to do something. I will add that spanking, or correcting should be done in private not out in the open because that often brings shame or embarrassment on the child. In private they can be reminded of why they are being spanked and they can also be reminded they are loved and how they could have done things differently (train them). The key is to also remain calm and then carry on. Not dwelling on the wrong behavior :)
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What are your favorite stylish but practical shoes for everyday mom duty (playground, errands, etc.)?  Please include a link.

Jacqueline Mukweto

BLACK Tennis Shoes, sneakers, flats, slip ons whatever you want to call them. You can run if you need to. Play etc and not hurt your back. :) But the black easily blends with jeans, yoga pants, even black dress pants that have flare at the bottom. We do not get much snow so the right pair can work even in the winter.
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What tips can you offer for closet organization?

Jacqueline Mukweto

If you do not use it. Or have not used it in the past 6 months. Sell it! use the money to get out of debt or give to a great cause.
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What item should moms splurge on?

Jacqueline Mukweto

I really can not narrow it down to just one thing. So I will give top 3. However I am not suggesting any mom splurge on these all at one time. 1. Nutrition. (quality food and Skin care products) 2. Quality shoes. ( I find that I do not shop for my self often so when I do they need to really last.) Most moms I know are out and on their feet all day. Good shoes help more than just your feet.3.A nice weekend getaway with friends or spouse. These are critical. There is nothing more scary than a malnourished mom living on fast food and Mocha's, with sore feet and back, and no adult interaction.
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What's a great theme you've done for your child's birthday? Please share a link with a photo.

Jacqueline Mukweto

My daughters favorite so far was Doll theme. I hand made some dolls and some scarfs, hats, and bags for the dolls. The girls got to draw faces on the doll, and pick accessories for them. It was simple and fun.
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