Last year as school was winding down, I was chatting with a friend about how I had high hopes that our family (i.e. my kids) would keep the house “together” despite having the routine of school.
She had great input, adding that in years past she had high expectations for summertime which usually lasted a day or two and then went to hell.
She recommended this book. I was got it from the library and was very intrigued because it is unlike the typical parenting books that demand we “whip our kids into shape” because we are the parents and they are the kids.
This author sets the tone that it is our job as parents to educate our kids about how to grow and become independent and that they will feel pride in doing so!
So I started with one chapter and then gradually moved to another and she was right!! The kids loved it! I remember being amazed that even on vacation, they were making their beds! Great daily habits. They especially loved the jar of $1 bills (for daily chores) and each child making dinner once a week- they both really got into it! Davis even encouraged us to do Blue Apron this school year because of this book- and the whole family looks forward to the weekly Blue Apron meals!
Eventually I returned the library book, then the new school year began, and yada-yada-yada we fell off the wagon.
So here we are with a week or two left of school and they told me they wanted to do the “chore thing” again this summer! I just picked it up from the library so we shall see!