Beyond the Chore Chart: Chores, Kids, and the Secret to a Happy Mom Kindle Edition
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More About the Author
She has been writing since she was a young child, and has written many articles and several short books on a variety of topics. Some of Mrs. Eddy's articles have appeared in The Old Schoolhouse, Joyful Noise, Above Rubies, and Focus on the Family's Boundless.org Webzine.
Mrs. Eddy enjoys puttering in the kitchen, creating works of art, finding a good bargain, and watching Galaxy Quest.
Top Customer Reviews
This book gives some great reasons to introduce your child to chores and jobs, all common sense and biblical too, with ways to make it fun, less like work or "chores" and more like learning or just helping out. I learned some extra tips too, and took some moments to make sure my kids understood my expectations, showed them again how to do a few things and did it with them.
The primary focus is the important lesson that you teach children to do chores not to lighten your load, but rather to prepare them for their lives as adults. When you're in the trenches of parenting, it's sometimes easy to let the big picture slip, and this serves as an excellent reminder. It also points out, quite correctly, that different children have different talents and that you have to understand your child's natural abilities, but not let them off the hook for things they'll need to know later. The specifics breakdown to the right way to encourage toddlers while they're still in their helpful phase and how to bring around older kids who may have been allowed to bypass chores until now. It gives specific lists of the chores that it's reasonable to expect each age group of children to do, and it gives some great examples of natural consequences for not getting things done.
My own daughter is just about to turn five and is still very interested in being helpful, and now I have some good ideas of the right ways to encourage her. Oh that reminds me, the book also gives that helpful jab that consistency is key. One of my daughter's jobs is to take her socks, shoes, and backpack to her room and put them away when we get home from preschool. It takes me approximately 30 seconds to complete this task and her 2-5 minutes, including usually 1-2 reminders from me.Read more ›
We've been doing nearly everything in the book (that is applicable to our children's ability) already but I was happy to get ideas for continuing our method later on as they grow up. Thanks for the very inspiring work!
Please write a homeschooling guide! I :)
I had several "lightbulb" moments while reading this book. Here are a few that might be helpful to you as well:
"Chores are not about lightening your load as a mother. Chores are about training our children." It isn't that I was actually thinking of it that way, but did give me a different perspective in my approach with their chores. What chores are life-skills that they will need to know later on in life?
"Hey, you want some help with that? Let me show you a trick that helps me...." Rather than taking offense when I try to assist them with a task, this approach will make things more laid back.
"...having our work noticed makes us feel more encourages the next time we do it..." I know when I have spent all day cleaning or making a delicious meal, I expect it to be noticed and praised and I need to be better about praising the kids after a job well-done.
All in all, this book was just an excellent reminder for how we approach chores in our home and our attitudes about it. If we make them fun, do them together, and remind ourselves we are growing our children into capable adults, then doing a few chores won't be so bad.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book. There were many helpful little nuggets that I highlighted to remember with my own children. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kara
This book is a good refresher course for Mommas in every stage. Good for remembering how to keep the joy in teaching housework with children.Published 8 months ago by Haley C. Jensen
Very easy to follow. Very good advice. Would definitely recommend this book to anyone with children. I will check out her other booksPublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was a quick read, with few earth-shattering revelations. However, as the mother of two teenagers who need more than a little encouragement to stay on task concerning... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Peg C.
Her book was SO helpful. If you are a mother who wants to teach her kids to do housework and you don't know why or where to begin, her book is the answer. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wow. I felt like Kimberly was taking every chapter straight out of my life! I have four kiddos and needed every bit of advice she offered in this book! Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mom of three toddlers!
This was a great perspective! I learned a lot and am already seeing changes in our family. It starts with changing our goals and attitude. Thank you!!Published on October 11, 2013 by NB
Honestly, reading this book, I could have wrote it. Kimberly's story matches mine. I grew up not knowing how to clean, and I am a pile organizer just like her. Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by Kelly Krauss
Thanks for writing a book that covers more than chores. I found the advice really useful and as I read your book I felt like you were having a conversation with me about kids. Read morePublished on July 3, 2013 by James1391