We live by a schedule (and when I say, “We” I actually mean “I” am a total complete planning FREAK!!!) I have TWO large desk-sized calendars hanging on the wall of our mudroom, and if it isn’t in my iPhone calendar with a reminder set, it is HIGHLY likely I won’t remember it on my own!
Up until now we have had our schedules posted in the mudroom, but I realized that what we really needed was the “reminders” posted where the kids could check them regularly to avoid forgetting something and to keep us (mom & dad) from having to NAG!
Our after supper kitchen routine has NOT been printed out before now, we just always leave it to them to get done what needs to be done. Well, because I believe in empowering my children and giving them the tools necessary for success, I decided it was time to bring this daily task a little helping hand.
I printed out a schedule of the tasks that needed to be completed and laminated it so that they could each initial whatever task they completed that evening. This way, when the next night rolls around, there is clarification on who completed what chore the previous day and the same person isn’t stuck with the same duty every day. Find a place in your kitchen where this is either visible or quickly accessible.
I also updated the list with a few chores that hadn’t previously been on the “To Do” list. These are things that probably don’t need to be done daily and that we were simply doing “as needed” (which meant I was either doing them or when we had a cleaning blitz, someone was assigned this duty). Also, remember that as your children get older, they are capable of taking on new duties so make sure you switch up the expectations as they progress in development.
After I made the kitchen duty checklist, I decided that our daily schedule needed to be updated as well. Mostly because it was sad and pathetic looking and I thought it needed a little color and pizazz. 😉
Take a little time to make a schedule for your family and help your children meet your expectations. Also, be willing to adjust the schedule as your family’s needs change. Switch up the assigned chores from time-to-time and remember that teaching your children to help around the house will help them learn responsibility and time-management. Work together as a team and you will find it makes for a lot more Family Time that can be enjoyed!
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