Well as I have been reporting, we are makin plenty o' changes to our lifestyle in preparation for a sucessful school year. We are working on chores and what this means, and how we can take the anger and negativity out of taking care of ourselves and our home! I do not like nagging and I do not like having to follow each child around and tell them how to do everything in life. The charts take it off of me and onto them and they can take a chart, go do it, then come back to me and say Mama! I'm done!
I have immensely enjoyed making little charts for us all, because I adore making simple drawings and I adore making instructional types of things. I am going to laminate these all once they are perfected and have them up in the hallway in a pocket folder or something.
We are also thinking about having jurisdictions, as swiped from the Duggars (the family on TLC that has 16 children--whether you think they are sickos or heroes, they do run a nice home!) which would be specific jobs that one child has that they always are in charge of. I am using the charts and overseeing the children somewhat, and am taking mental notes of who really seems to shine (haha) at certain tasks. Greta did 8 loads of laundry yesterday and seemed extremely into it, so even though we have a laminated chart for this chore, she might just end up being Laundry Person. We will see.
Since I was brilliant enough to buy "Scrubbing Bubbles" last night, which I remember from my own childhood as being absolutley as thrilling as whipped cream to spray, doing the bathroom was super fun this morning and Greta, Mickey, and Casey scoured and sprayed and shined for 45 minutes---without any squabbling, they even did the walls and floors, too! Toxic fume fun! (Yes,we opened the windows and stored out of reach)