Lately, I’ve been feeling a lot like Jerry Macguire pleading, “Help me, help you . . .”
One of my big goals in life is to make my children independent. To teach them independence, the children have little routine morning jobs like getting dressed, brushing their teeth, feeding the dog. . .
And daily chores such as taking out the recycle . . .
And sorting and folding their laundry.
This summer our routine has gotten a bit wacky and I’ve been finding myself nagging more and more. After nagging and nagging and nagging, I can’t seem to stop myself from slipping into one of those sad Mommy moments where I sound all too much like Jerry Macguire . . .
“I am out here for you. You don’t know what it’s like to be ME out here for YOU. It is an up-at-dawn, pride-swallowing siege that I will never fully tell you about, ok? Help me children. Help ME, help you. Help ME, help you. Help ME, help you.”
My children in turn give me a look just like Rod Tidwell that tells me, “You are hanging on by a thread.” And of course, I know they are right.
Rather than continue my nagging ways, it’s time to get back to school with a routine and morning jobs that empower the children with independence. In the past, I’ve simple written and posted a list of jobs for MacGyver. He wakes up and begins his daily routine. Having a list of routine responsibilities works much better than Mommy nagging over and over again.
This year, Miss Enigma will join in our morning routine. Since she’s not reading, I deiced to make simple picture cards to help her. In other words it, “Helps Me, help her.”
Print cards FREE: Morning Jobs for Children
I ran these cards on card stock. Each sheet includes four morning jobs. I cut these sheets into four cards and posted them on our homeschool closet door for the children to follow each morning.
Let me know if you’d like additional job cards. I tried to pick the main responsibilities most children will complete each morning and I can add specific cards you request.
If the children complete their morning jobs without any nagging direction from Mommy they earn a homeschool dollar.
The kiddos have also been helping out around the house: FREE Printable My Helping Hands Jobs
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