Anyway, summer is sometimes hard for me. I want my kids to relax, but I want them to be busy in good activities and "character building" projects. Last summer Greg and I created the Summer Job List. It has changed our lives - seriously. And it worked again this summer.
Absolutely love it.
Even Pretty Girl had her own chart this year (minus the homework and weeding section - she'll get that next summer).
I wont lie. The details of my house are the most clean during the summer. I have so many helpful hands.
There is sometimes inevitable push back and complaining, but Greg and I have found the days everyone completes their jobs and homework (which is most days) kids are happier, peace abounds and there is a wonderful spirit in our home. A large part is probably due to the fact that Mom is less crabby.
I actually miss the Summer Job Chart during the school year when other activities take its place. My floor boards aren't nearly as clean, I miss the carefree days that follow some good activities in the morning, and it means I'm back in charge of weeding...