For the last few years, on and off as needed, we’ve been doing “morning chores.” It started because our kids want to wake up and go outside instantly. Or, turn on the TV.
Both options are super annoying long-term for families. Short-term, both are a blast, but I don’t find them to be life-giving as a pattern for parents or kids for majority of the morning routine. (Both are *FINE* for families with kiddos under 18 months. Hang in there.)
I started a few years ago with some notecards & pictures that the kids would flip over upon completion. But, eventually, I got tired of them falling on the floor. So I created a PDF a few weeks ago & that’s what we use now.
Do they whine some? You bet. Do they thrive on the autonomy & structure? You bet.
However, I don’t want to let cost be a limiting factor so just shoot me an email address & I’ll send it to you, no questions asked. It’s truly a pay what you can product.
Here’s a link to my story on instagram where I explain how I speak to the kids about the chart & how we set boundaries around TV and outdoors time regarding the completion of the morning chores. I’ll also explain when and why I ditch this sheet and/or only pull it out in some seasons!
There’s 4 versions within this PDF download. To keep it simple they all come together:
- There’s one with a Dino. (Shown in photos)
- There’s one with a Unicorn. (Shown in photos)
- There’s one has no animal graphic & says “I’m a big kid!” (Not pictured)
- There’s one that no animal graphic & doesn’t say “I’m a big kid!” It still has a line for their name. (Not pictured)
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Hey there... I'm Sierra!
I love to blog, plan, organize, decorate, teach, research & be creative. I’m a farm wife & mama of three kiddos: almost 6, 4 and almost 2. We love to live and work in rural South Dakota. A few years ago we remodeled a house & we call our home The Peacock Ranch.
I am earning a Spiritual Direction Certificate from Sioux Falls Seminary & I put my masters in English/Mass Communications on hold at South Dakota State University so I can focus on being a mama in a pandemic! In the meantime, I’m enjoying reading more & writing here on the blog.