I’m one of those people who comes up with a great plan and then I stick with it for about two days. And then it all just falls apart! It doesn’t matter if it’s a cleaning schedule, a meal plan, kid activities, and so on…they don’t last long with me. And it’s the same with a chore chart. Please someone tell me they have this unbelievable chore system that works beautifully with their kids! I have done some pinterest searches and here is my favorite for a chore chart that I’ve pinned (but not tried yet)…
Now I’ve done the ones where you have a dry erase board that you check off the chores daily…failed! And I’m pretty sure I’ve tried the star stickers next to the cute pictures of the chores…and failed again. So at this point, what’s a mom to do? Pray that my kids turn into responsible people not because of the chart I have provided for them, but because of the example I have set for them.
In my mind, the opposite of responsible is lazy. And I will be honest, I struggle with laziness. My husband is always the first to jump up when the kids need something. For me, it’s not natural and I have to work at it. So I really understand the importance of praying for responsible children because I’ve had to pray that for myself too.
Today’s virtue to pray: RESPONSILITY
“She watches over the affairs of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.” (Proverbs 31:27)
If you know the Bible some, you are probably familiar with the Proverbs 31 woman. Wow…she is amazing! Seems like she has all her ducks in a row and sometimes I can get overwhelmed (and tired!) when I read all that she does. And I have always loved the verse about not eating the bread of idleness. What we eat is a choice we make, and she clearly has made her choice. And I clearly have the choice too. And so do my kids.
So it really doesn’t start with the perfect chore chart system, but instead it starts with prayer. Tonight I’m praying that my loves have a heart to be responsible…at home, at school, on a play date. EVERYWHERE!