Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Cleaning Day....YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If used, things turn into chaos and disorder.
Everything requires some maintenance......and the more you have, the more work you have to do. Some compare this to the 2nd law of Thermodynamics. Some disagree, but it should be a "law" of nature anyhow.

The first "law" of homemaking:

Every homemaker wants things that make her life easier, add beauty, and will entertain herself, her kids, and her husband.

The second "law" of homemaking:

All of these things will cause more chaos and will require more work.

Today is a good cleaning day.

The children were a great help in creating my chaos, so they will also be a help in maintaining it.

My rules for cleaning:
1. Everything should have a place to go. If we can't find one, it goes in the trash bag!

2. Toys that get left out go in mom's box. If they want it bad enough, they have to pay me $1.

3. Do what you are told the first time.

4. Do your best job!

Things they can do: organize art supplies, pick up toys, dust, vacuum, match socks, put away laundry, make beds...................

What makes this easier for us:

Set a timer for 10-20 minutes, depending on their age and what the job is.
Work hard for that amount of time.
Give very specific instructions

They do better when I am helping them.

After the time is up, allow at least the same amount of time for play!!!!!!!

Then do it again, if needed.

We came up with a perseverance cheer. Savannah has pom poms so they stood in a line, clapped, and shook pom poms and said:

I will not quit;
I will persevere.
I will do my best;

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