Dennis knows this is coming after an unusually busy couple of weeks with an unusual lack of sleep. I NEED MY SLEEP or the world is just an awful, awful place.
Dennis (the wise man that he is) was quick to reassure me that our kids are turning out fine and that I'm not a
"But you're right, you will never catch up. Is this any different than it's ever been?"
Instead of slapping him, as I felt like doing, I thought
Rats. Couldn't I have been wrong about that one, too?
But he's right.
Just when I figured out babies, they became toddlers. Just when I figured out toddlers, they went straight to high school (how did that happen so fast??).
Just when I start to feel competent, someone or something in our life changes to turn our world upside down. As we used to say about our first car, "It's always something."
I felt better after my cry (and a good night's sleep). I cracked the whip over the weekend, and the kids were not happy about it, but we did regain a semblance of control of at least the laundry by Sunday night. Only to start the cycle over again this week....
ANYWAY....how easily I am distracted.....
Since it IS always something, I thought I'd better get prepared for the NEXT something by going back to a place where things worked a little better than they do now. A girl can at least try, can't she?
One thing (besides the chore clips) that I hadn't put into gear here at our new place is our Chore Spec sheets. I looked through my archives and thought I'd posted this before but I guess not.
This is something else from Bonnie's Household Organizer. I made up one sheet for each room of the house - simple things that kids can help with that need to be done every day and every week.
Since they're WRITTEN DOWN, I don't have to:I put mine in a sheet protector and tape them in an inconspicuous place - the back of a closet door for a bedroom, or the inside of a cabinet for the bathroom or kitchen. The little kids like to use a wipe-off marker to check things off as they do them.
- Remember to ask the kids Every. Little. Thing. My brain is too tired for all that. Besides, all mothers know that kids are literalists. If it's not on the list, it must not need to be done, right?
- Rewrite everything down on the chore card.
- Remind, nag, cajole, cry or get upset if an item is not done. I can calmly say, "You may play (go to friend's house/get on computer/sit idly) when you have completed everything on this list."
Then I can write on the chore card:
"Clean your bedroom - I will inspect against the list taped inside your closet door at 3:00."Here's the Bedroom Spec Sheet. I wrote "weekly" on here - I think I need to edit that. Really these get done about every other week, depending on our Saturday schedule.
If you'd like me to email you the Word doc with the Bedroom, Living Room, Bathroom and Kitchen spec sheets (so you can edit to your own needs), just leave me a comment and I'll get it to you!
***EDITED TO ADD***
If you do not want to post your email for all the world to see, please email me - raisingfive (at) gmail.com. Also, if you have not "checked the box" I can't reply by email to your comment, but if you'll email me, I'll send the doc to you!