Lately I’ve been feeling like I need to keep a slightly tighter reign on the day-to-day flow of our family. We are settling into a new home and a new back-to-school routine, and I need a better balance between work and life. I’ve always believed that kids thrive on a predictable routine, and it is up to me to establish daily and nightly rituals they can depend upon.
With all this in mind I decided now was a good time to introduce Evie and Mack to their own personal chore charts. They are often eager to help out with small tasks around the house, and I want them to know that their contributions are important to the family. So, this afternoon I spent a few minutes creating simple charts for them. Every day they’ll have two mandatory chores in addition to the other smaller favors I ask of them.
As soon as I posted the charts to the fridge, Evie and Mack were intrigued. I calmly explained what the charts meant, how to read them and what I expected of Mack and Evie. They seemed to get it, and their eager and adorable questions filled a solid 10 minutes of an otherwise quiet afternoon.
The best part? They actually did the work of the day. Whenever I try to randomly recruit them to help tidy the toy room they look at me like I’m speaking Greek to them. But, the charts gave them a fun visual cue. I loved their enthusiasm!
Evie quickly unloaded the dishwasher (with a little help from me since she can’t reach the top cabinets!).
I’m optimistic that this small addition to our daily routine continues to motivate them. Its not about a perfectly swept balcony or a crisply made bed; its about teaching them about the importance of responsibility to themselves, our family and our home.
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