What new routine are you working on this summer?

Getting Organized:
In your Home and Homeschool 
 

Dear Friends,
What’s the one new thing you are doing with your routines this summer? I enjoyed hearing from many of you last week, and this week, I want to know what you focusing on for the summer.
When my children were little, I used our summer break as a time to train them on new skills. The older ones were ready for new responsibilities, and the younger ones needed to learn new things. It was a rite of passage for them.
My youngest two are 15 and 12, and they can do pretty much everything around the house. They are not great cooks, but they can do some basic things.
My youngest has taken the longest to pass things on with having so many older siblings. I remind him that one day he will be the main one helping me until he gets a job. (smile)
As my children transition into college classes or part-time jobs, they don’t do as much around the house. But they do pitch in when they are there. They also still do their own laundry and wash their bedding.
Remember if you are training very young children, you need to encourage them and reward them. You want to make learning how to take care of their things and your home a blessing to them. We made charts and used stickers. Once they had a certain number of stickers, we had a reward. I really tried for it to be a weekly reward out of the house.
Your children want your time and want you to play with them, so if money is tight for rewards, you can use game time with mom as a reward. You can have a pizza and movie night at home as a reward. You don’t have to be extravagant with the rewards. Mine were happy with fishing excursions.
Tell me what routine you are working on this summer. I really do want to know.
Your Zone Mission today is to dust along the tops of doors and windows.
Your Home Blessing for today is to wipe windows and mirrors.
My menu plan for Wednesday is clean out the freezer snacks night.
Have a blessed day!

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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 11. She and her husband have homeschooled for 17 years and have graduated three of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 3 boys who are in grades 11, 9, and 6. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Tami@TamiFox.com. Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at http://www.tamifox.net/giving-your-children-wings/.

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