“If you expect it, you need to teach it.”

By: Allison Roderick/ At a recent presentation, the guest speaker made the statement, “if you expect it, you need to teach it”.  Although this was directed at early childhood educators about expectations in their classrooms; I couldn’t help but think of the importance of that in our own homes.  From the time our children are…

The Chore Box

Over the summer, someone sent me a Pinterest link for a brilliant idea that I have found moderately successful.  I’ll tell you why it’s not 100% successful in a minute. The Chore Box is a box that sits in my living room with a little sign on it that says, “You’ve left it out, mom…

Nothing Points

Typically, I am the one in our family that comes up with clever little ways to manage our children.  At least I think they are clever.  Sometimes they are clever.  In any case, this time, I have to say my husband is a genius.  He has conjured up a method of child control that is…

The Dread Chore Chart

Before kids, I made fun of my mom and her charts.  There were chore charts in every shape and size, typically keeping us interested for all of 10 minutes.  We had stickers, prizes, we earned time doing this or that.  All charts with the basic notion that in a house with 7 people, there was…