Summer Goals–2008 (What are yours?)

June 6, 2008 at 3:56 pm 4 comments

Okay, so in the midst of all this eye crazy going on…we are working on some summer family goals.

Our finance class talks about the importance of teaching your kids to be good workers…and us being good workers.

I decided that I can’t train my kids unless they are here, and we don’t do that well during the school year…with homework and rest…that’s about all we really have time for.

So…this summer, we are trying this:  they earn the right to go to friends house by helping with independent jobs…big jobs, and if they do them well from beginning to end (getting help or teaching if they need it), they earn up to two chances to go “out”…to grandparents or friends as treats.  If not, they need more time home for training.  This is on a regular week. 

I’m also seeing a generalized “I forgot the rule”…so we are punishing when they break a known rule.  One ran to the mailbox today with socks on and came to terms with the plastic fly swat…it was not fun.  It’s not supposed to be.

Monday, the kids failed, again, to tell me who was sneaking snacks, so I dramatically took the entire snack cabinet and dumped it in the trash for a healthier summer.  It made quite the impression.  Certainly not being able to see, I’m not going to be taken advantage of, and I should be getting more help, not less.

If they all eat good meals and snacks ALL WEEK…we have family fun night with snacks either Friday or Saturday, whichever works best, and family game night. 

Tonight, we are being treated to Misty’s freezer chocolate chip cookies she brought over.  And let me tell you, we are ALL excited.  I did sneak about five chips this week, but other than that, we’ve all gone no sugar, no unhealthy snacking, and it’s really helping me make sure to have good meals on hands because I’m hungry when they are!

We are cleaning out the craft cabinet today…I have four of the eight to go!

I’ve also thought I’d better work on my tan a bit this week since I will be returning to painting soon!  Only about 15 minutes on each side per day to keep my eyes out of the sun.

What Summer goals have you set for you and your kids?



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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mamarosi  |  June 6, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Maggie, I’m really interested in hearing what you are doing specifically regarding healthy snacks and foods. I’m trying to cut down majorly on sugar and would welcome any snack ideas that don’t involve sugar. Juice is a big one…really in the sugar department, that we need to cut down our consumption.

  • 2. Kevin  |  June 6, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    We use an awesome system called “Accountable Kids”. Each kids is assigned chore cards. As they complete each chore, they flip the cards and earn a ticket. We have decided that each priviledge is worth so many tickets. (i.e. 15 minutes of video games are worth 1 ticket).

    They also have opportunities to earn bonus bucks by doing extra chores like dishes or dusting. At the end of the week, they trade these in for real money.

    We also reserve the right to take away tickets (hindering priviledges) for misbehavior.

    Here’s the website:

  • 3. carol  |  June 7, 2008 at 11:05 am

    I am trying to teach my kids new skills, which they would call chores. For my oldest, I am teaching her how to prepare a meal start to finish plus cleanup. She did an awesome job the first time. I am hoping to teach her how to prepare some new foods, plus the getting everything ready at the same time problem. My middle child is doing dishes now, and all three now strongly believe we should all pick up after ourselves, since they are responsible for the majority of the house. Thursday, I was the one who didn’t get my chores completed, which of course was pointed out.

    It is hard during the school year for these things to be done…they simply do not have a lot of spare time because of homework, etc. Even though they are doing more this summer, they are done completely in 15 minutes usually, (45 minutes on deep cleaning days)which leaves lots of time for “fun” stuff. That way, I am not trying to get the house presentable for friends to come over…it is clean by 9 am usually. (Now this is only because my two youngest get up at 6am by themselves. They can’t play until chores are done. If we were all non-morning people like me, then the house would not be presentable until noon!)
    Also, most of these are not their usual chores. So it is new and interesting to them. I want them to enjoy their work, and take pride in it.
    I think if I threw out the snack cabinet, a certain husband would be way sad…:)

  • 4. gchyayles  |  June 9, 2008 at 9:23 am

    Summer goals include finishing grad classes with at least a “B” [an “A” would be better but I’ll settle for a B 🙂 ]. Painting our new house. Moving! Creating a new budget and sticking to it! Find a living room set through a yard sale or craig’s list or something that’s not Art Van 🙂 Getting more enmeshed in the Word. Want a regular study habit. Phew. Praise God for strength!

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