Fostering Independence

Children are independence seekers.  The more they do on their own, the more they want to do on their own.  The ideas I use in our house match my childrens' personalities and I put them in place to help with situations they find most challenging (i.e. chores).

Inspired by a chore chart craft put together by the art supply store, Michaels, I made a simplified version with a chalkboard and white chalkboard markers.  

On Sunday evenings my daughter gets paid a dollar for each chore that is done throughout the week, with the most she can earn being five dollars.  Using free print outs from Three Little Monkeys Studio, I made Save, Spend and Give mason jars.  She must put at least one dollar in Give and Save, but the rest is up to her.  She has a goal for her savings and has decided to donate the money in her Give jar to the Animal Rescue League of Boston.  

A low cabinet in our kitchen houses the breakfast and snack foods as well as bowls, cups, snack and lunch containers.  We keep fruit and veggies in a low drawer and milk in a small container on a low shelf in the refridgerator so they can help themselves.

After spotting this cute door hanger on Pinterest, I made my son a version so that he could get ready for school on his own.  When he finishes moving all the clothespins to the Done side of the hanger, he flips the entire thing over and is ready for tomorrow.

Another idea I saw on Pinterest are these chore sticks from Ginger Snap Crafts.  My daughter uses them every day after school.  When she's done with a chore, she flips the stick over so that the painted side is up.  These really help her to focus so that she can move on to playing sooner.

I am so inspired by other moms!  I love to tweak their ideas to fit our family life.  I hope you can find something here that works for your family.