Summer Training for the Kids

We were so excited to finish up our school year last week - we've had a good productive year, but we were all ready.for.a.break!!  But I also don't want our summer to be wasted!  Enter our "Summer Training Schedule".

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We started using a checklist 2 summers ago to get basic chores done without me having to nag and remind constantly...and it worked great!  Last year I found a format I liked a little better, and quickly adapted it to fit our family.  We accidentally let it fall by the wayside during the school year, but I was quick to dust it off this week and start tweaking it to fit where we are this year.  It still isn't perfect yet...I'll continue to process through as we use it for the next week, and then I'll laminate a final copy that we can use all summer long.  But instead of "thinking" about it for weeks, as my procrastinating self can be prone to do...I went on and printed it out and we'll tweak as we go.  And already it's been wonderful...the dishwasher getting unloaded without me saying a word?  Yes please!  Walking in my son's room to see what he's up to and finding him reading his Bible...absolutely!  

This is our current layout...but I already have a list of tweaks that I will make later this week...that's the beauty of a system like this...make it work for you!  Hopefully this will give you a good jumping off point, like the one I found last summer did for me...take it and run with it and make it work for your family!

This is our current layout...but I already have a list of tweaks that I will make later this week...that's the beauty of a system like this...make it work for you!  Hopefully this will give you a good jumping off point, like the one I found last summer did for me...take it and run with it and make it work for your family!

I don't know about you, but our kids *crave* screentime...so that was the main impetus in coming up with this list...now I don't have to hear..."can I watch a show...or play on the Wii" all day long...I can just ask if they've done their list.  We are trying to instill that WORK=REWARD around our house...we do our work first, and then there are rewards...so that is what our list helps manage.  The kids can earn 30-45 mins of screentime morning and afternoon by completing their list with no grumping and complaining...and amazingly enough, the list becomes the taskmaster, and I have to say very little...I *love* it!!

You can find a few documents here for your use - hope you have a great & productive summer!

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