I came up with these chore charts last year for each of my kids and it knocked 80% of the morning stress from our routine. All they had to do was read, do, check off and show me. (And occasionally there was a fantabulous and unexpected reward in it for them... kind of like a pop quiz, only more like a pop-reward. I like those.)
painted the clipboards so each hoodlum would know which is theirs, because we don't want any fighting over that sort of thing around here!
little boxes waiting to be checked off. and yes, I did put "Hug your parents" in there... it gives us a daily giggle when they get to that "chore."
here! (I kept the clip boards unpainted in my shop.)
little cute notes, fun snacks, cute packaging and then by about mid-October I'm hucking things into their lunchboxes left and right, desperate to get all the lunches packed and put away so I can collapse onto the couch and do nothing for the rest of the night. (Again... maybe this is just me.)
Anyway, I created these re-useable bags for my own kids. (Though I'm still working on one that JJ doesn't roll his eyes over because apparently the black and white paisley lining I chose for his green striped one is too girly. Whatevs.)
You can slip sandwiches and snacks into them, wipe them clean with a damp cloth and you're good to go. And you can be a good steward of the earth's resources in the process and who doesn't love that?
But the main thing is... I made them cute. Because if lunch making is such an obnoxious chore in my world, I was kind of hoping that the sight of cherries, flowers, stripes, checks, and butterflies might perk things up a bit. I made all different kinds and you can see the variety here.
And if you'd like some, you can order yours here. (P.S. I didn't make that many because well, we're getting ready for school and I've been kinda busy. I will be hitting it hard and listing a bunch of other stuff soon though, so if you miss them this time around, let me know and I'll hook you up via custom order, mkay? You know I love ya.)
And the winner of the National Lemonade Day giveaway was Janet@ordinarymom. The peeps over at Blood Water Mission picked Janet using random.org. Congratulations Janet! Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll hook you up to claim your prize!
Happy Wednesday my friends... I hope it's a good one for you!