Hey there! Weellll, judging from the clothes carefully chosen and hung up for the week, tomorrow must be the first day of school for our first-grader. Many of you have already put your kids on the bus for their first day, and others are still waiting with (excitement? dread?) for that day to come. Me? I have mixed emotions. I always hate to see the end of summer arrive, simply because I love this season; but now I have another reason to be sad. I’m gonna miss our girl! My husband said to me the other night that this is the first year she’s going to be influenced by other people for more hours of the day than us. Scary! I hope we’ve done a good job so far.
In that vein, we are really trying to impress the concepts of respect and responsibility upon our kids these days. In a nutshell, we want them to pick up after themselves. It dismays me when I watch them play with a toy (that invariably has about 152 pieces), then just leave it on the carpet when they move on to the next thing. To me that signifies disrespect for their belongings (not to mention me) and irresponsibility. And I gotta tell ya, I’m sick of the “clean up” song. I feel they’re old enough to do this without me helping them and singing a mind-numbing tune that then replays in my head the rest of the day. (Side note: I don’t remember my parents singing to me to encourage me to clean up, do you? We just did it. Or else. Something to be said for that.)
So in attempt to remind our eldest of her morning duties, we spent a morning making these chore charts. We modeled ours after one I saw in Family Fun magazine, which incidentally is always chock-full of great ideas, except we spruced ours up by decoupaging it with scrapbooking paper and adding buttons to the clothespins.
We’ve decided to give her $3 a week if she completes her chores every morning, and will tell her to save $2 for every $3 she earns. Hopefully there’s a built-in lesson about money there, too. Are we biting off more than we can chew by introducing all of this the first week of school? We’ll see! You’ll hear about here…