Jul 052011
 

Here I am, smack dab in the middle of an annual habit of purging. Since I find myself in the overwhelm of this task, I thought there might be some of you doing the same – and feeling the overwhelm too? The habits I’m sharing today from the archives not only help with clutter busting, they are the basic housekeeping ones for our Hodgepodge. The ones that rescue me when I’m surrounded. The ones that even bless children. (A five-minute room rescue sounds better to a child than ‘go pick up your room’).

These are the habits – with rewards – we turn to daily. Yes, we’ve tried other housekeeping, picking up and cleaning up strategies. But these are the ones that stick for us. What is expected by everyone. So here are links to what has worked for years:

1. Flylady- Tools Not Rules:
Are YOU living in CHAOS? (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome) Do you feel overwhelmed, overextended, and overdrawn? Hopeless and you don’t know where to start? Don’t worry friend, we’ve been there, too. ~ Flylady

You knew it was coming. How could a blog be devoted to happy habits without a post on Flylady? Her tools are a chief resource on habit formation. Read more….

2. Jurisdictions:

“Time to pick up jurisdictions,” I call.

There is honestly no way I could possibly follow behind five children and keep our home straight. And homeschool. Since we are all part of a family, all should contribute. Carving the big job into smaller parts makes it easier for everyone. Read more… Continue reading »

The habit of rewarding service

 Posted by on December 19, 2009  10 Responses »
Dec 192009
 

Part Two of Chores or Service Opportunities?

As parents, we want our children to have wisdom, faithfulness, and diligence.  They need to be able to handle money wisely.  They also need to learn how to work.  We combine these two goals; we pay our children for a portion of their work around the house.

The bible clearly links work with material gain.  It also links work to our very sustenance (2 Thes. 3:10-12).

God does not give allowances to those who won’t work (although He does provide for those who can’t).  We are living in a time when some believe that they are “entitled” to something for which they did not work.

“What do your children do with all of that money?” you may ask.  We divide earnings into seven categories: Continue reading »

Chores or service opportunities?

 Posted by on December 15, 2009  8 Responses »
Dec 152009
 

Which sounds better to you – a household task or a chance to help? When I think of chore I think of Eeyore, hanging his head down because he has to rebuild his house of sticks, again. However, in service, we can choose to find freedom. The Bible urges us to serve one another in Galatians 5:13:

It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom…

In our home, we have basic expectations for everyone. Make your bed. Pick up after yourself. Clear your spot at the table. Maintain your jurisdiction. Most things above and beyond the basics we will gladly PAY to be done. Paid jobs are called service opportunities.

Home Blessing Hour. One fun way the children can earn quick service opportunities money is during our weekly home blessing hour. This time is similar to Kendra’s Power Hour. We put jobs on strips of paper and each draws one. The timer is set for 10 minutes. Home blessing includes: Continue reading »