So, now we really might be ready for summer. As you may know, recently I made a little clip board weekly chore list thingys for the kids. First one worked kinda for about a month (but the kids felt like I was torturing them - cereal is a child's right that shall not be encroached upon), the second one didn't really take, but what can you do? It's just me trying yet again to come up with a system that works. How many things have I tried? Here's a few I've tried over the years:
- Job Chart in 2009 (Updated here)
- Chore boards in 2011
- Flylady style attempt in 2012
- Bonus Bucks in 2013
- Job Chart in 2014 (Did those in 2005 and stuff too, before the blog began)
- Life Changing Magic in 2015 (I'm still loving our sock drawers! That book was mostly for me getting the right frame of mind, not necessarily a family plan. And I would like to see an updated version of that book written with mothers of toddlers in mind...)
My blog doesn't go back far enough for all the things I've tried since our family began. I have a filing cabinet that does but I won't pull all that out. Or show all the pinterest boards with chore ideas I've saved. I'll just say, I think we've finally found "the one" - the whole family chore board where I don't have to pay kids, I don't have to buy them stuff, I don't have to keep track really, it's a "everyone set your goals and work on achieving them" board that Corey presented to us last Friday. It's based off of Trello program that they use to manage tasks at work. It's pretty sweet. Friday afternoon Corey asked me if I had a white board. "Yes" "...and post it notes?" Yes. I thought he wanted it for Ethan to use for SBO stuff, but nope, this is for us! Corey got the family artist Melodie and told her what to write and how to make the layout, then she made it.
That night he gathered the family around and showed them how this system works.