I don’t do laundry.
I take that back. I don’t do my boys’ laundry. They do their own laundry.
They also make their lunch, clean their rooms, vacuum, take out the trash, mop the floors, sweep the porch, run store errands, rake leaves, bake and dust.
Because I cannot do it all.
I admit it. I can’t do it all. My hands are full with working from home, writing for several websites, home schooling the boys and running the household. My youngest son is autistic and requires lots of attention.
So I had to learn to let go and teach my boys responsibility. It’s their home too, you know?
The first thing I had to do was let go of perfectionism. I had to settle for “that’s good enough.”
Maybe the boys don’t quite get all the corners like I would – that’s okay.
Second, I had to take the time to show them how to perform each chore, not do it for them.
I did my part by setting up a chore chart, prominently displayed on the refrigerator. We switch out tasks weekly so one person doesn’t get stuck with cleaning the bathroom every week. Do you need a free chore chart? Click here to download a free chore chart template.
The chores are done after Bible study and before the start of the school day. As far as cooking goes, the boys make their own breakfast and lunch. I keep lots of soups, oatmeal, sandwich fixings and fruit around so they can make their meals with little fuss. Another trick is to keep boxed cake mix handy. That way, when they want dessert and I don’t have time to whip up something fancy, they get in the kitchen and bake a cake themselves!
Our home school is not just about textbooks and the three R’s. We have included a fourth R – responsibility.