Each year I get excited about my kids’ birthday parties. At least a month before their special day I start planning, dreaming and usually creating a Pinterest board. See, I grew up with themed birthdays each year. As a kid I thought that’s just what other families did. I’m not even kidding you, until I was 20, I didn’t know other kids had birthday parties, no theme.
If cheating is a no-no for you and your partner, then why is it okay when it comes to your eating? Most people plan to cheat on holidays. If you add up every holidays, birthday and fun weekend activity though- you’d be a certified cheater.
It’s so annoying. Knowing what style of underwear you prefer but not knowing which brand works for you. If only brands could make their sizes and patterns all line up. It’s the ultimate guessing game and I want answers.
I’m done. Fed up. Enough is enough. There are too many pins, inspirational quotes and well-meaning blogs about what I should ADD to my life next year.
You know what?
That’s right, I said it.
You know that excited feeling when you’re in on a secret for someone else? Try 3 someones. My kids had no idea when they came home from school this Friday that an amazing tee pee would be waiting for them! I’ve been holding in my excitement all week. They guessed what was inside the box and had a few ideas, but none this cool!
You’ve probably run across this issue before. It took me the first 2 years of my son’s life to figure out, and now that I’m 9 years into motherhood, I feel like I’m getting it down to a rhythm.
How many time do we try to manage our time well only to find we have SO much left to do in the day?
I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way.
A few weeks ago I started feeling like a servant to my kids instead of a mom. Ever been there before?
All day I was hearing demands and orders instead of kind requests or independent kids who could do things themselves.
It’s one thing to have those days where you can’t seem to get everything done simply because your kids needed you, but another entirely when they don’t need you-they just don’t want to do things themselves!
I needed to change things up fast so my wonderful kids didn’t get the idea this was the new normal.
I started writing out the things that weren’t getting done around the house and realized something. My kids, ages 8, 4 and 2 could not just step in, but help regularly. This could solve my time management issue and my entitled kids issue all at once!!
I’ve been using this chore chart for nearly 3 weeks now and am beyond excited at how successful it has been.
Here is what mine looks like, now transposed up on a big white board for my family to see everyday.
What I’ve Learned About The Chore Chart
1. Even with my little ones, they are more capable than I thought when it comes to helping around the house.
- With jobs that require a lot of my help, it has turned into extra quality time with them. One-on-one time that is hard to find when you have a few kids.
If only 75% of these jobs get done every week, my house still looks 100% better than it was with only me doing the work.
Letting go of control and allowing my kids to do a job in their own way is REALLY healthy for me.
Try writing out the most important things that, if done daily, would keep your house under control. Not perfect, but kept up.
Here’s My List:
- Everyone needs their own laundry day. I made a day for towels, sheets & blankets too.
- Dishes & Sweeping
- Dining Table Cleaned Off (why do papers and random toys collect there?!?)
- Living Room Tidied Up
- Bathrooms (I’m determined to get the pee smell out of the boy’s bathroom)
- I want everyone making time to clean their bedroom.
Some Other Ideas:
- Yard work
- Putting shoes away
Make your list. Now divide and conquer. My two-year old loves helping me tidy her room now and my boys are finally understanding that the tv doesn’t turn on until chores AND homework is done. In fact, the other day Sam came home from preschool and asked me to read him his jobs for the day! I melted a little inside.😍
Grab your free download here 👇and let me know how this helps your family!
** This chore chart is for a family of 4. Feel free to message me if you’d like one made for a bigger family. I love helping our village of moms!