Most days in our house run kind of like a well-oiled machine. They have to, otherwise it’s chaos. There are charts and lists all over the house so the kids know at any given point not only what’s expected of them, but also what they can expect from me.
I love summertime. I love having my kids home and around, but it can get REALLY crazy REALLY fast. So, it’s time to whip out a new chart!
I have one of these responsibility charts for each of the kids hanging on the fridge in a sheet protector. Each evening I just wipe them clean so they can start fresh the next day.
Some of the things we include in the “Everyday I will” section are:
- Complete morning time chart
- Do a chore
- 2 pages in a workbook
- Read for 20 minutes
- Practice Piano
I sat down with each kid individually to set their summer goals. They came up with goals ranging from learning to tie shoes or swim, to going to a fun place or playing with a sibling. We not only talked about the big goals, but broke the goal up into small pieces so they could achieve that goal.
So far, this has worked great! I know exactly what the kids have already accomplished without having to nag or remind. I love when a friend comes over or calls, the kids know exactly what needs to be done in order to play. When they are finished with their Summer Chart, they can also earn screen time. Most days they would just sit around and read if I would let them, so this helps keep them on task.
Here’s a blank copy for you to personalize for your own household!
How do you organize your summers?