A woman who lives 3000 miles away from me got my house clean. Thank you, Brandy for the MOTIVATION to get organized before our new school year begins. I actually read her blog post to my children just to prove that I am NOT the meanest mommy in the world and that other people have standards of hygiene and discipline similar to my own. I think that really made an impression on them.
Brandy’s format is just so logical, I nearly smacked my own head for not figuring it out on my own. You’ll notice that, because I can’t draw, my chore chart ain’t* so purty* or creative as Brandy’s, but I still felt that it should be a little better than merely utilitarian – so I used nice card stock, a fancy font, colored ink, and a little hand watercoloring to jazz it up. Bestly,* my kids are just expecting that chores get done before fun. That’s after only a few days, so whew!
Now the six- and eight-year-olds are throwing rocks down by the creek, so they’re not any more weird or annoying than they were before I started putting them to work, plus, like I said, MY HOUSE IS CLEAN, so I guess we’ll continue with child labor. I hope it continues to go so well after we start school in September.
*I reserve the right to invent words and to slang it up willy nilly.