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.