I am working on a chore system right now. I once had one. 3 of my children had little file boxes with index cards with their chores on them. But I have not updated those cards for a couple of years. Right now the chore "system" consists of me telling them what to do for every little thing I need them to help me with. With 6 children (okay, not all of them doing chores yet), that is a lot of talking and repeating myself. It is going to take a lot of work initially, but I am going to work hard to get a system together so everyone knows what they need to do every day.
I don't just want my children to have chores so that I have help around the house though. I also want them to learn that work is a good thing. I don't want them to think "drudgery" and "dread" when they hear that word, Chores. I want them to realize that we were made for work (different kind of work for men and women), and that when we work, we bless other people. When I work hard and maintain a clean home (note I did not say the unattainable "pristine", but clean) and an orderly home, that helps all of us. It cuts down on our stress (we can find things easily), we have the comfort of beautiful surroundings, plus, we need a decent level of cleanliness for health purposes. There are times when we won't have time to keep up as much with the house, but those times should be the rare occasions of illness and such. I want our children to have servants' hearts towards chores...to work with the attitude of giving to others: those that live here as well as those that visit. (Not because we're afraid of what they'll think! But because we truly want them to be comfortable when they are here.)
And now, for a funny thing my kids do...
This is a picture of my 9 year old's (Cherished of God's) erm, peanut butter, shaped into a peanut. You can't see it very well in the picture, but she also put a smiley face in her peanut butter. She wanted me to take a picture of her "creation". So, there you go.
I hope you have a blessed day.
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