School Is Out and Summer Is In!
For most families with children, we understand that summertime brings many extra expenses that the school year helps us avoid such as: summer camps, higher electric bills, grocery bills, utility bills, and more. Our homes that were once vacant from August to June, from 7 am to 3 pm, are now filled with teenagers sleeping in…and not only your children but their friends touching every surface in your home that they can. This is the time of year we really understand the patience of school teachers that watch over our children for 8 hours a day. However, they are watching over them in a confined space and now summertime freedom has children (and all that they come with) attacking every wall of our homes.
Let’s Take The Teacher Approach!
Every semester teachers create very defined plans to keep our children busy from roughly 7:45 am to 2:45 pm daily. Their plans are really goals that help our children become better than they were on the first day of school to the last day of school. Progress cards and report cards help us all see this and we reward them for their awesome efforts. School may be out but the defined plans can still be put to work.
Let’s make a plan! Teach your children that they can earn a summer vacation, camp, or another extra summer activity if they help around the house - since they now have extra hours on their hands. Put those extra hands to work for you!
Of course not all ages can do the same tasks. But, every child of every age can do something and it is good for them to start learning early and progress in their tasks as they grow. This gives them a sense of pride and responsibility. Let’s look at household chores by age groups.
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