I have now come full circle.
This morning, I taught the girls that cleaning a room is not the same as throwing junk in the corner and hoping the dresses in the closet will cover it.
Cleaning the room is not the same as stuffing everything under the bed.
Cleaning the room is not the same as trying to hide everything on top of the dresser hoping they can pass it off as "creativity."
Cleaning means CLEAN.
And all the memories of my childhood have come rushing back --learning how to really clean a room, learning how to purge. The twice a year "going through stuff" to see what still fit, to see if I "really" needed to keep it --I learned this from my mother.
I hated it back then.
My girls hate it now.
My boys will hate it soon (ha!).
And I'm okay with it. Because I'm teaching these chillin's some responsibility to the things they own, as well as the true definition of Clean. They will learn, gosh darn it! Because it will be good for them in the long run.
Just as it was for me.
Hey, hey! It's SPRING! Finally!
And that means getting ready for summer. The kids get out of school on the 29th, and so therefore, June 1st begins our fun, fun summer.
I mean, Brandon is in school, and we're having a baby the end of July. So...no family vacations (although we're gonna try really hard to camp at least once in June!). But that hasn't stopped me from doing the SUPER SCHEDULE OF SUMMER!
In fact, the kids and I have already drawn up our schedule, and I'm going to share it with you, dear reader. I know for years I struggled with what to do during the summer months, and now I have a plan that works! (I tried it last summer and it was fabulous-o!). Here it is:
Every day (M-S) the kids have to do the following (when they wake up):
1. Eat breakfast
2. Get dressed (baths and showers on T/TH)
3. Brush teeth/comb hair
4. Make bed and tidy room
5. Other needed chores (bathroom, garbage, dishes, etc.)
6. ****School! (the **** represents our last name) --only Monday through Friday.
School will consist of the following:
*Piano Practicing--15 minutes (only #1 and #2 will be taking piano lessons from me)
*Reading --15 minutes
*Writing stories (drawing, too) --5-10 minutes
*Math concepts -- 5-10 minutes
All of the above should take less than 2 hours. Then, when it's done, we move onto whatever is the plan of the day. Here are the "plans":
Monday: Chore Day (grocery shopping, errands)
Tuesday: Museum Day
Wednesday: Park Day (or Water Day)
Thursday: Library Day
Friday: Craft Day
Saturday: Free Day (errands, hang out with DAD!, etc.)
Obviously we won't be going to the Museum ALL day on Tuesdays, but what this does is give us a compass of what to do that day --and then if we have time for other things, so be it! This also prevents us from getting bored, because we always have a plan! Hooray! Oh, and at the same time, I'm aware that these things may not go according to plan, but I'm okay with that. Because, see...I have a plan.
What are you doing this summer? Any fun vacations? Plans for the kiddies?