Monday, November 7, 2011

Sweetly Organize IT

Hey's Emilee from "Sweetly Made (Just for you)."
I have a special treat lined up for
"Sweetly Organize IT."
I have more advice from my mother who is a professional organizer.
(Do you know who I get it from?)
This week I wanted to share with you tips for chore charts.
My mom sometimes teaches organizational lessons at church and here are her notes...
“Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

You never know when chore charts will help!!!

 Children need to do chores so they learn to work
and start doing the simplest jobs.

How early do you start?

Toddlers want to help early to feel needed.
I have noticed Eli helping me as much as he can. He loves handing me pillows to make the bed and trash bags to put in the trash.

Habits are formed early. So, take advantage of their enthusiasm

Ensign Jan. 1986 “Delegating Work & Responsibility to Children” “Why do children exhibit early in childhood a willingness, even a need to take part in the work of the home and then when they are older and their efforts can be even more helpful, they seem less willing? The answer lies, in part, with our own attitude toward work as well as our response to our children’s earliest efforts.” We have to show a good attitude towards our “labors”.

There are many CHORE CHARTS so you have to find what is effective for your children; for their ages; for your family dynamics. Maybe Saturdays work the best for most of your chores. There was a family that was doing most of their chores on Friday until Mom asked “Would you rather do a couple each day and not so many on Friday?” They decided to change it to a couple of chores each day. Instead of nagging, charts can help develop responsibility and a sense of independence.
Tips on chore charts...
 Determine the job

 Explain what is expected
(You can try reward systems for the younger children. It is important to let your older children help in the decision process)
I remember when my mom had a list of all of the chores and we got to choose which one to do. Once they were all crossed off, we were done. I always hated doing chores but now I realize how important it is to have them.

 Get a commitment/Be consistent

 Shower children with praise or a special note for a job well done

 Teach your children how to do the chore and work with them with love and encouragement
Have children take notes & keep cards with instructions for future

Try a variety of charts to find which works the best; change routine

 Make it fun too - treats work for all ages!!! Let children help choose incentives & rewards

 Let go but let them know consequences (point system)

Here are some ideas to make it fun...
SUNSHINE JAR (slips of paper with “get favorite dinner”; “favorite dessert”; “date with mom”; “date with dad”; “pick a Red Box movie”; “extra time to play”; “$1 for Dollar store”; “Mom does my job”

Surprise in dryer

“Fast Draw” write on slips/who can do fastest

Blitz Sessions – set timers to do jobs; switch & do another

21 Pickup

Rock & Roll Clean – music & set timer for 15 min.

Chore bingo – bingo treat

Jelly jar – put bean in after finished chore


Chart – add stars (after mom inspects)

Take a picture of young children doing their job – put on chart

Use Velcro – change from “To Do” to “Done”

Wheel chart

Check out the Internet for My Job Chart;

 Do unexpected chores. Have a list of harder jobs for children to earn money for.

“Teaching children to accept responsibilities in the family and enjoy work takes days, weeks, months, and years of vigilance and affection. But our children need to be held accountable in an atmosphere of love and trust. They need to see us work, work beside us, and learn to work alone. Preparing children for responsible adulthood is an important parental responsibility.” Ensign Jan 1986

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