Hope you enjoyed my live talks and posts on the 3Rs – Rules, Routine and Responsibility.
Have you found you need them at the moment – maybe you are just really relaxing and enjoying ‘being’ at the moment and not having things to do and that’s OK we all need some head space.
Soon though you might find that you’d quite like to introduce a little more routine and responsibility, especially if you are home, to punctuate your day. I’ve always found that if my children know there’s a couple of small things planned it actually makes them go off independently to find things to do and gives them some focus and motivation.
Ask them what they’d like to do – maybe one thing in the morning and one in the afternoon, even a card or board game could be scheduled in, a walk to the park, river etc – more ideas on my ‘Learning & Fun’ Friday posts.
Regarding responsibilities, now might be a good time to introduce them to a new skill such as how to use the washing machine, sort colours and sock drawers, teach them how to tidy their rooms, make beds, hoover, write a list together of what they ‘can’ do, you’ll be surprised.. It doesn’t have to be a huge list maybe one or two household chores each day, so you don’t begin to feel resentful that you are doing everything.
At our coffee morning on ‘Summer Fun & Learning’ we spoke to a lady who had children in their twenties She said she really wished she had got her children into helping out at home at a much younger age and made it a ‘normal’ part of the day as she really battled with it when they were older.