Unfortunately, I slacked up a little bit, and I am now seeing the results of that. I've been busy making toys for my shop for the past few months, and then I've been spending even more time down in my shop making Christmas presents. I've been seeing signs of not enough Mommy time in my kids for some time now, but I've tried to ignore it, because there was just so much stuff I had to do. Thankfully, I think I've returned to my senses, and realized my priorities were not where they needed to be. Making things in order to earn some extra money is great, but it's not the top priority in my life. In fact, it's kinda near the bottom. Or it should be. So I probably will be rethinking how my shop fits into my life in the new year.
Right now, I've been working on getting the kids to be more obedient about everything, and to contribute more to the household in terms of chores. As usual, Samuel is the one I've been butting heads with. He's not into this obedience thing.
I decided to reinstate the chore chart, but only as a means to check off what you need to accomplish that day. The twins especially need a visual reminder of what they need to do. I saw this really nifty chore chart on Pinterest, and thought it fit what we needed perfectly. You can get the tutorial here.
The kids each got to pick out what kind of paper they wanted. They loved that! For the twins, I tried to give them very clear cut jobs. Nothing like, "Pick up your toys." Since I knew there would be questions like, "Do I have to pick up the ones that I didn't get out?" So they have to pick up one type of thing like all the stuffed animals, whether or not they got them out, or if it belongs to them. Abriel loves following her chart and doing her chores. Samuel not so much, but we're getting there. So the chores are getting done with a lot less complaining, and that's good. One step at a time.