10 Days of Homeschooling Enrichment: Day 4
Welcome to Day 4 of the Homeschooling Enrichment series! Today we are going to discuss responsibility and how we can motivate our children to contribute to the well being of our home instead of drain it (mom) of energy!
How many of you feel like you’ve been hit by a bus the end of the day? (It’s okay you can raise your hands it’s all anonymous *wink* )
How many of you can barely find the time to read these posts? (Even though I’m so riveting that you can’t bear not to so it’s now midnight and you’re finally getting around to it?)
Well, today we’re going to take the edge off of your chronic fatigue syndrome which will in turn benefit your homeschooling by teaching your children responsibility. At the same time it helps relieve the stress you’ve been feeling trying to “manage everything on your own”. Now instead of thinking about those toilets you that need to be cleaned you’ll be alert and focused during your school day!
God’s Word tells us that “Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.”( 1 Cor. 4:2) “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” Matthew 25:21
It is important to teach our children to be thankful for all that God has blessed our family with. 1 Thess 5:18 says “give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” We all want to hear those blessed words “Well done good and faithful servant”. Let’s take that and bring it into the home!
Whether you have a little, or a lot, God has blessed you! Now, when we look at our possessions as not ours, but as God’s, how are we to take care of them? If God gave us a gift would we toss it on the floor? Step on it? Allow it to get broken, dirty and finally thrown away? Heavens no! We would be extra careful to take good care that we treated it with the utmost respect.
Our homes, our furniture, our toys, our animals, and our siblings are all gifts from God. They are not ours, they belong to Him, and we have received them out of love from our Lord. Let’s take care of them!
Note: If you haven’t done my character study on being a Good Steward, now might be a good time to pull it out!
Oh my beloved chore chart, how I love thee! Ever since implementing and being consistent with chores, my life has been…well, simply beautiful. Not only do my kids LOVE this thing, but I literally LOVE this thing right back! Click here for details on how this wonderful thing can bless your family!
The idea behind this is simple. God has given us a house full of things to take care of so let’s be faithful! Each of my children are given approximately 4 chores per day to complete. When they complete their chore, they turn the card backwards. At the end of the day I give them 1 ticket for each chore completed, which they can later redeem for a prize.
My kids love this setup. They like knowing what is expected of them for the day, and they really like knowing that they’ll be rewarded for their hard work at the end of the day. I like that things get done, and that the kids who were once destroying my sanctuary are now helping to take care of it!
I am not a child laborer by any means, if they choose not to do a chore they simply don’t get a ticket. My system is conveniently arranged so that the amount of tickets they earn in 1 week = the amount needed to purchase a prize. If they don’t choose to do their chores, they don’t get a prize.
If mommy has to do their chore, then mommy gets their ticket (which can later be redeemed for a morsel from the secret chocolate prize box that they aren’t aware exists…shhh!)
If you’ve been procrastinating on the chore chart, now’s the time! Print, cut, paste, staple, or whatever else you have to do to get this done! I promise you won’t regret it, and by the end of the week when you’re looking over your oasis of beautiful-laundry-folded (and put away)-clean playroom-shiny toilets-squeaky clean-house you’ll thank me!
Stick around tomorrow for Day 5 of Homeschooling Enrichment where we’ll be talking about 1 Corinthians 13 in regards to homeschooling!
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