Of Chore Charts and Moth Schedules
Yes it’s our daily chore list for the kiddos. Now that we’re settled into Casa La Crazy I can finally get a bit organized.
The posting of this pic was met with the same question I usually get when I mention my kids and chores,
“Your kids actually do chores? ” Which then lead to a discussion between one of me and my mommy friends about whether it is easier for us moms to just do the chores or for our kids to step up and help. My response to why I have my kids do chores was this:
(I know this is not the best picture of the MOTH schedule that I use. I just wanted you to get an idea of how many slots there were to fill out.)
I have used Managers of Their Home or MOTH for years now on and off.You can find a clearer schedule of one family here. Basically the gist of it is you can break your day down by half hour or hour or whatever increments work best for your family and schedule each family member into it,showing what they should be doing when.
Again when I posted this on facebook I was met with another friend actually asking me if this works. Yes it works, but it does take some dedication. For me though as the kids and Brandon and me get used to it,it shows us so much more then a schedule. We have family time scheduled in…we have chores scheduled in…we have life scheduled in.
This teaches the kids not only what our basic day looks like but also so many other valuable lessons. The older kids that get free feign of the neighborhood have been learning how to leave whatever they’re doing a bit early to make sure they’re home in time for dinner(budgeting time). The youngers have learned to check the clock to see what they should be doing at that time,(telling time.) It shows all of us that we’re all working together to make this family work.
I get that chores list and schedules do not work for every family. There was a time in my life where I couldn’t even imagine using a schedule because I considered myself too “Go with the Flow” I have discovered though that,for myself, I am even more able to go with the flow now because even when the unexpected happens it is easier to get back on track by simply looking at the schedule.
It gives the kids a sense of stability. They know what to expect and when to expect it. There is less of the question of,”What can we do now.” and more of them taking responsibility for themselves.I also have faith in my kids that when emergencies arise and I have to leave the house for a few hours at a time (like Papa’s surgery) they are able to get the things done they need to simply by looking at the schedule.
For us schedules and chores lists bring simplicity and stability into our lives.