With all our moving, renovating, and new-school-year hoopla this month and next, I’m craving some routine and rhythm in our home life. After a year of homeschooling, we celebrated the start of summer with a lot of down time and rest, and it was much needed. But now… I’m ready to get back to the swing of things.
It’s been awhile since we held our kids to a routine, admittedly. We bought our new house back in April and immediately began renovations, but we honestly started our house search back in February. Once we decided we definitely weren’t staying in our tiny 1,000-square-foot house, it was like we waved the white flag on a sane home. Where do these craft supplies go? Um… Well, put them wherever. We won’t be here forever.
Several months of this will make you punchy, and even our kids are craving some focused routine. So for the past few weeks, one of my “prepping for fall” tasks has been working on our chore chart list for the school year.
My kids are still young—7, 4, and 2—so I want a simple but creative approach to chores. My younger ones still think helping Mom and Dad is a lot of fun, and our oldest has shown herself responsible and genuinely useful around the house.
I’ve been searching Pinterest for great chore chart ideas, and my word, there are some creative people out there. Here are some of my favorites.
Ultimately, our goal is to keep our kids’ chores simple but non-negotiable, and to shower them with lots of grace and praise as they learn to do their jobs well. I have no intention of crippling my kids with an easy life; a strong work ethic is one of the best gifts we can give them when they leave the house.
I’ll share our chore system in a bit, after we get into the groove of school and aren’t so consumed with still unpacking from our move. One thing at a time.
How do you handle chores in your home?
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