Sunday, June 6, 2010
Git 'er dun!
I'm fickle when it comes to housework. I don't like it, I'm not great at it, and to be frank, I'd rather be doing almost anything else (blogging, playing games with my kids, having a root canal). And while I fully realize that my efforts will likely bear little fruit, I nevertheless feel that the struggle, the attempt, is important. Important personally, to wrestle a weakness. And important for my kids to see me try continually to overcome.
Anyway, school's out, so it's time to make the attempt. One of my biggest problems with the kids and chores is accountability. We set up chores and establish rules such as, no screen time, playing with friends, or going to the pool until they're done. But, within a couple of weeks, it tends to fall apart.
We've tried chore charts before, with varying degrees of success, but this summer, we're trying it again. Hopefully, the visual reminder will help both Mom and kids.
I made the chart last night. Bright colors, this template, some scrapbook paper, ribbon, stickers, and popsicle sticks. The sticks are green on one end and orange on the other and the kids will flip them over as they complete their morning chores.
I'm determined to make a go of it. And, worst case, we'll be a smidge better with the chart than without. A win in my book!