Dear Diary,

My car is my second home. I hate to admit it, but we have been guilty of eating, drinking, sleeping and even changing clothes in our car. We travel a lot, and participate in a lot of community activities. So, we’re always shuttling back and forth to family and friends’ homes and events. In the past, I was in charge of keeping the car maintained and ensuring that we didn’t get buried under our belongings. Now, I’m enlisting the help of my daughter. Here are simple things your little ones can do to help out with car maintenance.

Clean: In the past, I let my child make a mess, and I cleaned it up. It was much faster that way. But it didn’t teach my little girl to be responsible. Now, before we get out the car, we collect any trash or toys together. You can assign car-cleaning chores based on a child’s age. Older children can perform tasks, such as scrubbing the carpets and polishing the dashboard. All ages can wash the car. Make it fun, and buy water balloons and water guns at the Dollar Store to reward the work.

Click here for more ways to get your kids to take care of your car!

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Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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