Phew! Did you get all your reading done this week??? I did…but just barely! Three chapters in one week was A LOT (especially with all the craziness we’ve had going on around our house this week)!
Chapter 1: Beds & Clutter
Bed-making is a habit I want to instill in my children. Just like getting dressed for the day, making your bed and picking up your room makes you feel better. With that being said, I struggle to be consistent with ALL THREE of the aforementioned tasks. In the winter, our bed could have gone days without being made (as much as I’m ashamed to admit it). It doesn’t really bode well for enforcing Big Brother to make his bed when ours is rarely made! Our recent bedroom makeover has definitely helped with motivating me to make our bed and keep the room clutter-free. I want it to look as good as it did the moment we finished it. So with my newfound desire for made-beds, we recently placed the expectation on Big Brother to make his bed every morning (and tidy it after rest time). I have been pleasantly surprised with his ability to complete this task (and the pride he takes in how his bed is made).
Needless to say, I thought this chapter was hilarious and encouraging. Yes, making beds and picking up rooms should be a given for all children, but let’s face it…it just isn’t most of the time. It made me feel better to know that I am not alone in the battle of low expectations for our kids. :)
I also loved the idea of “the daily dollar” that Kay mentions in Chapter 1, especially for older kids. I’m happy with our current allowance/commission system so we’re going to stick with what we have for now…and $1/day is just a little much for our little ones (although you could easily do a dime or quarter instead).
Chapter 2: Kitchen Patrol
The overall premise of this chapter is to assign a child one night a week for which he/she is responsible for the evening meal: Menu planning, shopping, and cooking (aka Heaven for Mom). Although our children are far too young to do any tasks like this independently, it did encourage me to start involving them more in the cooking process. Big Brother is such a picky eater that it also helped me realize that this might be a perfect way to encourage him to venture past waffles, peanut butter & honey sandwiches, and quesadillas for the food that he voluntarily consumes.
Your assignment for next week: Read chapters 4, 5 & 6!
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