Things kind of reached a head right before Mother's Day (due to many reasons) and a MOMumental breakdown occurred. Thankfully, Rophone experienced an epiphany and got me the perfect gift to celebrate. I know most women would have been angry or disappointed to receive the makings of a new chore chart system, but I was overjoyed. Not only because of the chart, but because of the support that he gave along with it. He took the lead and let the kids know that they'd better get ready for a new normal and explained to them how it was all going to work. Priceless.
It took a few weeks for me to blog about it, because I kinda wanted to see how well it would work. Can I just say I think it's the best gift ever? We're going to tweak the system a little as we go along, but so far the chore chart has been life changing. I"m not going to say that the kids don't complain when it comes to helping out, but they complain less. I think having exactly what they're supposed to do to help each day outlined on the board keeps them from feeling like they're being blindsided by requests.
Each room has been assigned to a kid (or two) to be cleaned at the end of each day (along with bedrooms). Each day has a Kitchen Captain and a Kitchen Helper. Laundry and changing of sheets is assigned. Even shower nights are assigned. We have more extensive chores listed for Fridays and every Saturday morning is spent doing a little yard work.
I am naturally a very organized person, but unfortunately the kids can't see the little chart I have in my head of what needs to get done. I always know what needs to be done and when (and why it needs to happen when it does to facilitate other things getting done), but I think the kids just felt like I was throwing things at them. Even if I gave them fair warning and let them know verbally what I needed from them for that day, it still felt like an annoying request that was vague in timeframe, pulling them away from more desired activities.
Now we just check the chart. Not that we don't need to remind them, and there are glitches, but it's right there in
Anyway, the chore chart isn't perfect but it's pretty darn great to have. Here's a photo:
I really can't believe how perfectly the whiteboard Rophone picked out fits in that space. It was clearly meant to be. After we got the chore chart installed, I decided that I needed another one to be able to write inspirational quotes on. Maybe to try to ensure the kids do their very best as they work.
I'm pretty sure the next quote I put up will say "Your mother is a person." Ha! Thanks for the chore chart, Rophone!