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2008 January 28 » Philoxenos

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Do… Done

28th January 2008

Do… Done

It’s 8:23 am and I’m feeling somewhat on top of things. So of course I deserve a break on the computer ;)

Today we have instituted a Do-Done Chart on the fridge. Visit Stacey here  to get the idea of what we did. I read this idea almost two years ago and haven’t forgotten it! I had some time to myself yesterday afternoon while the kids napped after church and Handsome was at work finishing off a few necessary things. I was thinking about how our household was running and how things could be improved. I realised that I really needed to be more diligent about training the kids to help around the house. I remembered this chart and set about making my own little magnets.

The last month we have been more careful to make sure the kids are only playing with one toy at a time and cleaning up after themselves. It’s done amazing things for the state of our house! And now it’s time to move on.

So from this morning on Precious is responsible for wiping the table after each meal and Cutie is responsible for finding any stray books and putting them away. This is particularly relevant in the morning since the girls each take a book to bed with them. These little jobs are in addition to getting dressed, brushing hair, brushing teeth, and making beds. No more getting out the door and realising that one child only brushed her teeth and the other only brushed her hair!

My one comment would be this: all those women that said that training your children to do housework is a lot of work in the beginning? They were right. They were also right about the feeling of accomplishment that the kids have when they’re finished. And I know it’s going to pay off in the end. I’m outnumbered around here and if we’re going to have a happy homelife it’s going to take contributions from everyone to make it happen.

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