i guess i could come up with a fancier, more serene name for this, but really it's a chore and house rules board...and i got the idea here.
of course, after you finish looking around at her's, you will immediately notice how NOT fancy/neat/serene mine is compared with hers. but then again, if you read her blog, i am nothing like her anyway. sometimes i wish...but then again, we probably all do!
so a couple posts ago i mentioned that the kids were driving me crazy. this prompted several people (including one of my parents) to genuinely worry about me...something about an "emergency." :)
i want to clarify: i used poetic license to tie in something i'm dealing with right now as a mother (mouthy kids) alongside something crafty i've been wanting to post about lately (the rug). lest you think i am sitting around, crocheting a rag rug, with rollers in my hair and sweatpants on, while my house comes crashing down around me, let me distill your fears now. i don't use rollers, and i have on baggy jeans instead.
seriously, though, i'm okay. just in case you were wondering. and this board is really making it SO MUCH BETTER. now, i don't want to get my hopes up, because after all it's been only 3 days, and 2 of those days aedan has had a 102 fever. but let me tell you, on sunday, when we made the board, this was the scene around my house right afterward:
what i am most excited about is that i have struggled forever it seems like about how to incorporate allowance but also teach the kids that doing chores are a regular part of being a family and helping one another. so, what have i done? nothing. that seems to be one of my downfalls. this idea, though, was just what i needed to push me to action. i love that it has regular chores, which we can swap back and forth every week to avoid boredom, and then there is an "extra credit" pocket so that each kid has a choice as to whether he or she wants to do things to earn money. so it's a total choice.
and just putting the chores and rules all in one place has been amazing. now, when the kids start fighting or being nasty to each other, we just walk over to the board and point to ""Be kind to others." being the pessimist i am, i have been waiting around since sunday to see how long it will take the newness of this to wear off and for them to start rolling their eyes at me when we point out the rules. but what i really should be doing is just sitting back and enjoying this reverie.
the awesome fabric was given to me by this blog friend, sent as a free gift in the mail just to be nice--penny, i finally found a use for it!). and i used cutesie paper i had gotten at target on a clearance endcap a while back. the kids drew their own chore cards, just like in the soulemama post, but there was even a bit of fighting related to that (surprise, surprise), because gillian kept getting upset that aedan's handwriting and drawings weren't neat enough for her standards. hilarious.
i'll keep you posted and let you know if we are still keeping up with the chores and rules after a week or so. in the meantime, i have a project i'm trying to finish before spring break, which starts this weekend, so if i'm scarce here, have a lovely rest of your week!