Stone Soup for Five: Saturday Morning Chores, Week 2

Saturday Morning Chores, Week 2

So this weekend was our second weekend of Saturday morning chores based on "Managers of their Chores"  and I love it!

The boys have quite a list for Saturdays... not overwhelming but enough to keep them busy for a couple hours (if they worked diligently)--and many more hours for when they get distracted.

The plus sides to this new system are so cool:

-They are busy working in the mornings on things I would usually do, so it frees me up to do things that I've been procrastinating on.

-Because they are busy in the mornings, the afternoons are full of playing (less fighting, bickering, and arguing).  Before we started this system, they had lazy Saturday mornings and fought most of the afternoon/evening and complained of there being NOTHING to do.  Now they are starting to really appreciate their time after working in the morning.

-I don't know what it is, but if they don't spend time in the morning watching TV or video games, I very rarely hear "I'm BORED" or "There's NOTHING to do".  I think the TV must detach the thinking part of their brains, and it reattaches only after a night of sleep. 

All in all, I have to say it's a breath of fresh air to have Saturday mornings dedicated to chores.  Of course there will still be the random Saturdays when we have things to do and we'll have to skip some of the chores on those days, but for the most part, it makes for a great structure to our days and I'm so thankful for it!

As an example, here's a list of Saturday Chores for my oldest (13yrs old):
-do daily chorepack
-check drawers
-dust shelves and dresser and organize
-clean room and vacuum
-dump recycling into outdoor bin
       -1st Sat: sweep back patio, 2nd Sat: change sheets,
         3rd Sat: sweep driveway, 4th Sat: help dad
-put jammies into laundry to wash
-wash cat's food and water dishes, wipe up eating area, refill dishes
-Bible Study with dad
-JURISDICTION CARD (this is an area of the house that they are responsible for):
    -scrub bathtub, clean mirrors, mop floor, clear counters
  -MOW front and back lawns

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1 comment:

  1. Wow, I love this idea. I'm so glad it is working out for you as a family. :)


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