One of the reasons I have been enjoying the summer holidays so immensely is because I don't feel stressed. In my regular life, I often feel stressed, and my days feel like endless to-do lists. I am always trying to work more efficiently, doing so many things at once I confuse myself!
The Captain has an insane work ethic and I feel like I need to be able to show him proof of my productivity at the end of the day. Silly? Maybe, I don't know.
Getting everyone out in the morning is the most stressful, but the afternoon/dinner/homework witching hour comes a close second.
I've been thinking about how to improve these rough patches in our day, and I realize that my kids are capable of doing so much to help with my long list of to-do items. Our kids help around the house, but I've long put off a formal chore system because it seems so complicated, and then there's the questions of allowance, chore rotation, chore frequency...taking the time to come up with the system seems challenging.
Don't even get my started on Pinterest and people's hand painted wooden chore boards with hooks for individually painted chore tags!
Let's start simple, is my motto. I sat down and wrote a short and realistic list of what I would like to outsource to the kids 98% of the time.
During the witching hour it always seems like I'm trying to oversee homework and make dinner, while the compost bucket is overflowing, the sun is setting on the laundry outside, and the dish drainer is full of the afternoon's clean dishes, and I just can't do what I am trying to do because I have to sidetrack in so many different directions.
I found a website that said to simply have three columns, one for the chores, one for deadlines, and one for check marks. Simple! I plan on getting a dry-erase type board so that I can change things around as I need to.
I'm not going to tie the chores to allowance at this point. We do give our kids the opportunity to earn pocket money for extra jobs. Some times they are motivated, and some times they dissapoint me by not wanting to do the job for the amount I'm offering. So, for now, these chores will just be their responsibility, with no monetary reward.
I want to start the new system as soon as possible to help them get used to it before school starts.
How do chores work at your house? What advice would you give a newbie chore chart maker? Help!