Our Summer Responsibility Charts are up and running!
I know these could easily be created on the computer (well…easily…for some) but I’m still a paper and pen kinda girl.
We try to evaluate each summer what responsibilities we’d like our older kiddos to take on.
We try to be intentional.
And so this is the plan for this summer.
Clearly–everything must fall under Lord willing.
Clearly–one of the benefits of summer is flexibility.
Clearly–these lists are not comprehensive.
We may be adding to them.
And we most certainly will be asking for the kiddos to join in and help in ways not included on these charts.
As usual, it’s going to mean more work for me initially as I teach or reteach how to do the tasks–
Meaning–how we would like them completed.
And then I’ll need to check for solid-best-effort-follow-through.
Because sometimes their idea of clean–
Is not the same as mine.
We’ve been trying to get rid of Halfway Herbert for a while now.
But we’ve seen the benefits of taking time to teach and train so that tasks are done well…
On the flip side–I want to be an encourager.
I want to recognize their efforts and not be a dripping faucet…always picking on the small faults, not noticing their joyful hearts to help.
If I err–let me err on the side of lifting up–not tearing down.
We haven’t opted to pay the kiddos for chores because my husband feels strongly that you do chores and have responsibilities because you’re part of the family, though we both also see the possible benefits of connecting hard work to a reward.
We did try that system one summer though, and saw an attitude of : “How much am I going to get paid?” start to creep in, instead of a quick response to a request for help.
So, for our family, we’ve decided that we’ll allot a monthly allowance to learn about saving and spending and giving and that will be separate from the concept of chores and family responsibilities.
But–that’s just what we’ve decided for now and for our particular family.