Chores and how much I love them. Good for kids, good for us, good for bikes, and gardens, and closets and floors and counters…on and on. My older kids are glad I made them do chores, so I know even with the griping I get sometime, it’s worth it in the long run. Work ethic, respect for our things, respect for our house and the work that Jeff and I do to provide them with things they are blessed to have, and gratitude for our beautiful home and life…lots of lessons in those chores.
I don’t do fancy chore systems, or pay for ordinary chores. I either write them down on a piece of paper, or tell them what to do that day. (Special chores are big ones that require skill and/or multiple days like cleaning windows, or painting the fence.)
Two new little things the kids have enjoyed and kept busy with on “boring” days:
Jeff picked this little mini construction set up on vacation for the kids (for himself:) and it’s so fun for fiddling around with. There are a few different themes-unicorn, sea turtle, and the one we have, dolphin. Cute idea for gifts also.
Janey is really into these right now-this is my type of activity, so I might have bought these for myself too. Once we start usually another kid joins in.
Patrick (11) and Janey (6) love this book, filled with sweet and touching stories of pets. Good for a quick “I’m exhausted and can’t think anymore” bedtime book.
I “made” Andrew, 15, read this book and he really really enjoyed it, just like I told him he would.
Patrick loves all these Mike Lupica sports books.
I am reading this now for our book club and loving it. Excellent historical fiction-I’m learning all about Cuba through a beautiful family/love story.
The author’s bio:
Originally from Florida, Chanel Cleeton grew up on stories of her family’s exodus from Cuba following the events of the Cuban Revolution. Her passion for politics and history continued during her years spent studying in England where she earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics & Political Science. Chanel also received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. She loves to travel and has lived in the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.
Jeff is reading this and I can’t wait till he finishes. Do you ever think about how much you didn’t learn in school? He keeps interrupting my reading time while we are laying in bed at night to tell me things, which I don’t mind, but am thinking, “Why do I know so little about world history but spent so many years in school?” Anyways, this is my “next up book”.