Raising Helpful Kids

Are you wondering what type of adults your children are going to be? Will they be happy, successful, intelligent & helpful...or lazy and living with you when they are 25? Well for some reason I am! I guess articles keep popping up and explaining that kids who are used to doing things for themselves are better prepared for the real world. And it makes sense, how else are you going to know how to clean up after yourself if someone else has been doing it for you, your whole life? 

So today I've decided to start a chore sheet. I am not sure if I am going to be a huge stickler about using the sheet from here on out or if it will be a great starting point to get the kids thinking about all I do for them, and how they can help me. I want my house to always be "picked up" so I am constantly cleaning up where my children (& hubby sometimes) leave things.  Daily, I am making 3 beds, getting two kids dressed, making and cleaning up 3 meals a day and doing 100 other things at the same time.  So I'm at the point where I know my kids can be more helpful. They are 4 and 6, (almost 5 & 7) so I am not expecting much, just little things here and there that can lighten my load and keep them responsible for themselves. So then, they can be super responsible when they are teens and young adults :) 

 I found these great charts at livingwellspendingless.com 

I found these great charts at livingwellspendingless.com