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I love the idea of brag boards for your kids.
Especially when they are as darling as Minted’s pin boards.
Have you all seen these? My goodness. They could not be cuter if they tried. My favs are the in the clouds, island style, (swooning over the pineapples!) and of course, the Chicago toile print. A bit biased on that one but I just could not resist the Navy Pier ferris wheel and the deep dish pizza reference. Well done Minted, well done. They also have other cities including San Francisco, Texas, New York City, and Atlanta.
The pin boards come in a variety of sizes to fit many different types of spaces from small (5″ by 7″) to extra large (40″ by 55″). Ours are 18″ by 24″ and fit our mudroom space well. They come ready to hang, including the sturdy frame and any hardware you would need. Easy peasy.
The end of the school year is the perfect time to complete this project in your own home. It’s so fun for the kids to have their own special spot to display end of the year report cards and any artwork and notes they would like to showcase. I also took the liberty of printing a few pictures for them of some of their favorite moments and friends. I have caught both boys a few times just standing in front of their board and staring. So flipping cute. And many times when they come home from school they have asked to put up papers or artwork that they are excited about. It’s nice to be able to have a place to really display what they are proud of. This allows for many other items to hopefully go ‘tossed’ unnoticed. Ahem. We can’t keep all the papers can we moms? Distract them with these brag boards!
Another thing to grace the present of these pin boards recently is the summer chore chart although I really dislike using the word ‘chore.’ I’m not exactly sure why, but am also not exactly sure what else to call it. ‘Summer expectations’ maybe? I tell the boys these are nice normal things people that are apart of a family are just expected to do. I’m not asking for anything outrageous here. And I don’t pay them for it because I feel like they should just do it. Most days I don’t have to even mention what’s on this list, they are trained pretty well. From time to time I do though, especially on the weekly tasks as they can lose track of the days of the week in the summer. Don’t we all?
Here is what is gracing the boy’s summer ‘expectation’ list in case it may give you an idea or two for your own home this summer to keep those kiddos in line. And I’d love to hear any other ideas you may have in this area, it’s always interesting to hear what kids are responsible for in their own homes.
Bring in dishes after meals
Laundry goes in laundry baskets
Hang up wet swimsuit
Put shoes away under mud room bench
Clean up toys in family room and/or basement
On game days, remove baseball uniforms in laundry room and put in wash
Garbage goes in garbage cans (and remind friends of this)
Bring in mail
Monday: Clean play room
Wednesday: Yard need to be cleaned up and toys put away in garage
Friday: Garbage bins need to be put away in garage
See? Nothing too outrageous here. And these items really do help me, a lot and I think it’s important for the boys to contribute around the home in the summer otherwise it most definitely can feel overwhelming doing it all yourself. Posting these up on the bulletin boards is a great reminder to the boys what needs to happen as they frequent this space in the home so much. Way to be subtle, mom.
So what do you think? Aren’t the Minted brag boards darling? I’d love to hear your favorite pattern and how you feel you could use one in your own home. You don’t need them to be brag boards. They would work great in a home office space. The pineapple prints could look SO cute hanging in a kitchen with some handwritten recipes pinned up. Ok awesome, and now I want that.