My children love technology. Who am I kidding…the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. But in real life you can’t sit on your iPod all day and ignore that there are chores and responsibilities for each of us. In real life we have to be responsible. At least that’s what I tell myself when I sit down to pay bills. What’s that saying?
“If you do the things you need to do when you need to do them, then someday you can do the things you want do when you want to do them.”
― John C. Maxwell,
So we are implementing some of that thinking here at Moon Headquarters starting today. I am working more and more outside my home and therefore I need more and more help here inside my home. Also, my children are getting older and they are capable of many things. I hope that this will start to teach them that they will be rewarded with the things they want when they show responsibility.
Today my 12 year old completed her list in just a few minutes…mainly because she usually stays on top of her room and chores. My 10 year old, however, took a long time to pump himself up to get it accomplished. But the iPod love is strong with this one. He craves his technology. So he pushed through and got his room tidy and finished all the chores. He was lucky because his big sister had ensured that their shared bathroom was already clean for him. I am hopeful that he will recognize that the tidier he keeps his room on a regular basis, the quicker it will be to get it all done. And my 6 year old…well she just left her stuff a mess and decided it wasn’t worth cleaning up for iPod time. But truthfully I have always know this one was going to require more creativity on my part. But she sure does love a list and checking things off of said list…I’m hopeful.
So we created this chart
I just printed it on a piece of paper and slipped it into a page protector sleeve so it’s an automatic dry erase list. Then I clipped it up on a clipboard on the kitchen wall. Each day they can check off their list on their own. When they think they are ready I can do a quick look over all the areas to give an approval. I should probably add something to the list at the bottom like “didn’t hit my sibling at all today” too. *shakes head*
And these are the kids activity bags. I bought them originally for another purpose but they went unused. So I decided to repurpose them in my living room aka “the room where all things get left on the floor”. When anyone tidies the living room they can toss the item into said child’s bag…dirty socks, random drawings, a pair of shoes, a hairbrush, etc. If you are a parent…you get the idea. Each child is responsible for taking the things from their bag and putting them away. I use these LL Bean boat and tote bags but you could use lots of different items. Make sure they are easy to carry to their room to put things away and make sure they are easily accessible to you to fill up with their dirty socks. So far it’s been great and keeps me sane…which is the overall Moon family number one goal.
Let me know if you try any of these sanity saving solutions! Or even better…let me know if you have something I haven’t mentioned. I love learning about new organizing ideas!