chores. there really is something to be said for hard work. we changed up our discipline routine thanks to advice from a friend, and I’m glad to say we’ve taken the reigns back, at least for now.
we’ve been at our wits end having to repeat ourselves 4 or 5 times before the kids would listen. and then often times, even when they would acknowledge us, they’d walk away and forget completely within seconds what we asked them to do. (this is for everything, even small things like putting on their shoes 😩).
it’s like they never “hear” us, even with discipline, time outs or taking things away. and let’s be honest, yelling constantly is not good for the soul. but with this new chores thing, ears perk up and things get done, and it’s more peaceful around here. they get one chance to listen. and if they don’t, then we say “chore” and random jobs are handed out.
i’m getting dishes done and tupperware cabinets reorganized. it’s glorious! and the kids are loving it, strangely enough. they are even more willing to do their everyday chores as well. ?
i’ve even been asked… “mom, can I have a chore?” ???! my friend was telling me that man was MADE to work. and I’m beginning to think she’s right. even in the garden of Eden, in PARADISE, there was work to be done. sin and the fall only made work harder. it wasn’t the beginning of it. it’s part of how we were made. so it only makes sense that my little people are finding worth and a sense of accomplishment doing extra stuff around here.
i realize this might not last forever, but its working now, so I’m going to enjoy it.
CHORES my friends. it’s discipline that cleans the house!