BUT HOW FUN IS THIS?
I am very excited, because I'm seeing results already from getting my family back in a better routine - one we've had before, but have let slide as my kids have gotten older. I've justified my lack of leadership in this area: "They 'should' know what needs to be done!" (They should? Then why aren't they doing it?). Or how about this one: "It's not that bad!" (Oh really? Will their college roommate or their future spouse think so?).
Anyway, I hope you are seeing some improvements, too!
I'm always amazed at my ability to tell myself, "I don't have time" to get ahead of my family, but sheesh, it's a drop in the bucket compared to the wailing and gnashing of teeth it takes when I'm parenting reactively instead of proactively. Such a better way to live.
When our kids were little and we were teaching them their "jobs" on their fingers, we had a spare finger for a "five minute chore."
This was an ongoing list of things I could assign as the last "job" to be done each morning and night. It was also a handy list to refer to when children were caught loitering around the house and needed to be engaged in something more productive, or for me, when I was on the phone and wanted to multi-task (hey, when I'm talking to my sister I can lose all track of time!).
I've lost my list over the years (just think of all the opportunities I've wasted!) so I thought I'd enlist your help in putting it back together.
Here are some of the items on the original list:
- Empty bathroom trash
- Polish mirror
- Straighten pillows on sofa
- Feed pet
- Wipe table
- Sweep porch
- Empty dishwasher (yes, we've timed it, and it CAN be done in about five minutes. So WHY do I put it off so often??)
Kids love a challenge, so anytime you can set a timer (or just count, for little ones) it's a way to keep the drudgery out of work. Check out this fun post by Jamie at Purposeful Pursuit for some great "working" games if you need more inspiration!