Teaching Your Kids to be Tidy

How’s your summer going? I hope you have fun plans lined up and some time to enjoy a slower pace of life. One thing I always do in the summers is establish a new routine for chores. When new chores become habitual in the summer, the coming school year goes more smoothly… and it helps a lot!

Another thing I work on during the summer is teaching my kids to be orderly. I wish I were one of those people who are oblivious to clutter, socks on the floor, and toys randomly scattered throughout the house. Instead,  for better or worse, I’m kind of a neat freak. For the sake of everyone’s sanity, I have learned to put on my blinders and ignore scattered toys, especially the path of destruction left by Hurricane Junior, (a.k.a. the three-year-old). However, order is an important virtue. So it’s something we work on throughout the year, but especially during the summer.

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Summer Chore Boot Camp

One of the big challenges of homeschooling is managing the household chores. Homeschooling often entails a lot of mess. Books are everywhere, science and art projects are scattered throughout the house, and school supplies find their way under couches and beds. This is especially true if you have little ones who try to occupy themselves while you’re working with the older kids. When we’re home all day with our children, the house gets dirtier faster. There’s more dirty dishes, more trails of mud coming in from the door, and more puzzle pieces and crayons strewn about the house. Let’s face it, homeschooling is really like having a full-time job, only your house is getting messy while you work. And it’s hard to feel peaceful when your house looks like a tornado ripped through it. But, as in all things, there’s a silver lining behind this cloud.  In this case, it’s the opportunity to train our children to be orderly and to do chores well.

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