We have a fairly small house and I am okay with that. Not just okay, but actually like it better than when we had a larger house. Wait, what did I just say? Yes, small is better, in some ways. There is less to clean, less to organize, less to decorate (which is something I am not so good at anyway), less distance to carry laundry baskets, and less space for people to hide which gives us more family time. However, with a smaller space also come some challenges. Have you ever seen the shows on TV about the tiny house movement? Well, we aren’t that small however some days it can feel like that. I love to watch those shows for ideas on how […]
Our biggest challenge as parents has to be get our whole family on board with chores. No one likes doing chores, but by working together as a family, we are able to accomplish a lot more in less time. This of course leaves more time for play, and everyone likes that. By focusing on all the benefits of getting the kids involved in chores, we are able to not only expect their help, but show them why their help is go beneficial to them and us as a family. What do I mean by focusing on these benefits? What I mean is that when your child starts to give you attitude about helping with the housework we are able to pull out of our hat one of these benefits. We are able to talk about how important it is for them to help and why. Kids LOVE to have their why questions answered, and by talking to them about these benefits we are able to give them those answers. What are these benefits to the kids we are talking about?
No matter how young or old you are, chores are just not fun. I do not know of anyone that cheers when they hear it is chore time, but the reality is that they do need to get done. With a family our size it takes everyone getting involved to help keep our house in order, or at least look presentable. Now this post is not about how to get your kids to do their chores. We can get into that another day. This is about why it is important to get your kids doing chores and how we can get past the dread of chores ourselves, so we can teach our kids.
See yesterday I was out for a special one-on-one shopping day with Devyn. When I got back James informed me that while I was gone Cody came down with a stomach bug. Poor kid, he really was not doing well. So I knew that today was going to involve lots of unpleasant laundry, applesauce, and no school. I had planned on getting ahead with posts for you all, so that when the Christmas break hit, there would still be some new reads waiting for you each morning. What I didn’t know was that most of the day was going to be spent without electricity.
Today is our official first work day back from our mini trip to visit family. I must say, it is so hard to get back into a routine. Not just for myself, but getting the kids back into a routine as well. For myself, getting into the swing of things again, after a break, is so overwhelming, thank you ADHD. Where do I start? This time around we have it a bit easier, since we are taking this week off from our homeschooling. There really isn’t a good way to ease back into it all, but we have found some tips that help, at least a little bit.
Ahhh, the trip is now officially over. We had a great time, and I’m sure you did too. Now we need to somehow jump right into our routine. Honestly, all I want to do is sit down and relax. With everything that went into planning, driving there, enjoying the time we had, and making it back safely there really is nothing I want more than to sit down and snuggle with my hubby while we catch up on our favorite t.v. programs. So why can’t that happen?
In our house, cleaning inevitably ends up making a much bigger mess…for the moment. Maybe it is that I take on too much at a time. Maybe we don’t work fast enough. Maybe, maybe, maybe. Honestly, it doesn’t much matter why when your house is in chaos.