Lately, I'm meeting women like myself who are trying to figure this single parenting life out. Since becoming a single parent, I've made it my mission to find practical ways to make my life simpler, and I want to do the same for other women as well.
Let's focus more on the good things your kids do, rather than pointing out everything that is wrong? Let us learn how to unburden ourselves from some of these responsibilities and share them. Don't miss this simple idea for encouraging your child and recognizing their efforts.
Parenting is hard; single parenting is even more challenging. It is much more stress and more responsibility when single parenting. We manage so much day-to-day, and we often downplay how much help we need.
In my post, How to make Single Parenting Work, I mention how I started teaching my little ones to clean up after themselves to make things a little easier on me. My children put away their toys, straighten up their rooms once play time is over, putting their dishes in the sink or dishwasher once they've completed their meals, and making their beds.
Let me reiterate how crucial it is to teach our children these basic skills. For one they will benefit from it into adulthood. Let's make it a little more fun and reward them for their efforts. This way they will also take pleasure in their work. The checklist below is filled with simple task just to get you started.
Create a weekly system where your child(ren) completes the helper checklist and is then rewarded at the end of the week. It’s a total win-win for both the child and the parent. You decide the appropriate reward, pizza, a trip to the movies, ice cream, or that toy they seen on a Kids YouTube toy review. I usually base my kids rewards by not only the checklist but their behaviors throughout the week as well. Yes, this mom takes mental notes.
We’re just getting started using both the checklist and the calendar with our paw patrol stickers. So if by Friday they've received all happy reports from school they will be rewarded as promised. I'm only using my checklist and calendar for Monday through Friday, and that's because weekends are pretty chill around here. This is what works for me, and my family, whatever you choose to do for yours is fine. You are the mom, and mom is the boss!
This monthly calendar print out is multi-purposeful. I also use this calendar to monitor my kids’ behavior while in school and daycare. As you all know we live in the age where technology is EVERYTHING. And if you’re a mom you’ve heard of YouTube Kids, PBS for Kids, Disney apps, etc., I can go on and on.
My point being is that our kids are so consumed by their tablets and computers that the need to unplug is real. If they come home with non-happy reports, I do not put a sticker on the calendar, and they lose their tablet privileges. Though I do not need a sticker – calendar system to get my kids to unplug, it sure does give them more incentive to behave in school.
So, for parents looking for a better system for running your house and lightening up your chore load a bit, then try it out with me and please keep me updated on how this system is working for you!
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