“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity to sin; but through love serve one another.” – Galatians 5:13
I looked up “how to teach your kids to be helpful” on Google, and nearly everything I read said, “Make a Chore Chart.” Well, I have a chore chart, but I have just utilized it in a different way. They hadn’t been given actual chores…yet. They had options for helping and making money through ourchore ring, or I would just ask them to do certain tasks. I figured maybe it was time to use the chore chart for its intended purpose.
I had seen this cute Melissa and Doug one in the stores a long time ago. I said to myself, “I don’t have to buy that. Surely I can make something like it.” I went around and collected all the things I wanted at my local craft store. I paused by the front register adding it all up mentally, and I thought to myself, “This is ridiculous. I’m spending a crazy amount of money trying to re-create something I really like and will be cheaper in the end.” So, this was the one we ended up with. Like I said, I wasn’t using it with it’s intended purpose as daily chores. I would just put a magnet up when I saw them accomplishing certain tasks. Since Sunday, we worked on trying to have daily tasks. I tried to both make them age appropriate and things that don’t come always naturally to them yet. I also chose one or two that they are pretty good at, so that they are guaranteed some success. I’m glad to start having this system in place.