Monday, October 17, 2011


These past months have been, let's say interesting. I haven't been able to keep up with everything on my own so with the help of lists and eager helpful children things have kept on rolling along quite nicely.

The thought of handing the children a list of things that need to be done wasn't very appealing to me and with a little thought I happened upon an idea that works very well.

Here's an example of what a list looks like.
  • Sweep kitchen floor
  • Straighten rugs
  • Stand on a chair and sing your favorite song
  • Eat three grapes
  • Make your bed
  • Say something nice to your sister/brother
  • Wash your nose
  • Make sure there is nothing on couch besides the cushions
  • Clean vanity
  • Wash your hands
  • Read a chapter in the book you are reading
  • Dust livingroom furniture
  • Draw a picture of a butterfly
Adding a wide variety of odd little things to their lists have made them fun and they often ask me to make another list for them to do. A win-win for all of us!


  1. Well, I just LOVE your lists. It is no wonder your children do too.

    Blessings to you - Marsha

  2. What a great idea, MA.
    I think I'll use that!
    PS. I hope you are doing ok. Bed rest isn't so much fun but so worth it. HUGS!

  3. Oh yeah, I can see that working very well. An excellent idea!

  4. Love, that your teaching the children to help, in a fun way!

  5. What a great idea that is. Keeps everyone happy. : )

  6. That's a lovely list. I do something a bit similar for my older boys, when I'm busy, out, or teaching, which goes like:

    In any order:
    Do your homework.
    Clear the table.
    Eat breakfast.
    Have fun!

  7. I love the list!! I'm sharing that one with my grandchildren for the great-grands. What a fun time!

  8. That's hilarious! Where were you with this list when mine were young like that?? GREAT idea. I still have lists for them but they're not quite as fun..."Put your dishes in the dishwasher before I lose my mind!!" are sort of how mine go. :)

  9. Cute idea; I can see why the children like those lists! :)

  10. I love this idea. My kids would get a kick out of changing up the everyday routine. Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. I like to put fun things on my own lists too (e.i. play piano, go outside, read a book).

  12. This is a great idea! Too bad my kids are all grown up, now ... think it will work if they come to visit? HAHAHA!!!!

  13. What a great idea! Something similar might work in a classroom too. ;-)


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