Everyday Homemaking is a website created by Viki Bently, to help train woman in homemaking skills. Viki and her husband are parents to 8 and have been foster parents to over 50 children since 1986. In addition to this Viki runs a ministry training teenage mothers to be in homemaking skills. They understand the importance of being organized!
I was blessed with an ebook copy of The Everyday Family Chore System. With a young and busy family, I was very much looking forward to reading this!
The book is broken down into three parts.
- Part 1: Laying the foundation
- Part 2: Implementing the Plan
- Part 3: The Actual Chore System
On of my favorite parts is the first section Laying the Foundation. It section focuses on the hearts of your children. What type of adults you want them to grow into. What attitude towards work do you want them to have? What skills do you think will be important for them? I use a similar train of thought when I’m planning our homeschool goals. I think a head for each child and try to envision what needs they will have, then work backwards from there.
The next section helps you to figure out what chores need to be done daily and weekly in your home. Viki includes a great chore chart that breaks down chores by age groups. This is great for coming up with jobs for little ones, and I found helped to remind me of other jobs some children could be doing for me. She also suggests rotating chores monthly so that children learn how to care for all areas of the house. This also helps children not to feel board or “stuck” with a chore they dislike for a long period.
The third section is about building the actual system. There are a few ideas given. There are chore cards that tell step by step exactly what is to be done. I think this is a great idea! My older children are able to simple read their cards and get to work. It helps them to “own” their jobs and not have to be told by me what to do and how to do it. I think they like that.
We used a tag board that is divided into day’s and zones. Chore names are labeled on cardstock that is attached to clothes pins. On one side I put the daily chores and the other the weekly chores. As the chores are completed they take the clothes pins off and place them in a jar.
I’ve really enjoyed using this system and have combined it with other things we were already doing. The book is filled with tips and ideas on helping your children to want to help, and building a system that works for your family.
This system does take a little while to read and put together, but I’ve found it very helpful! You can view a sample here.
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