There are times when I sound like a broken record.
Pick up your shoes. Put away that toy! Please. . . please,( for the love of God,) lift up the toilet seat before you pee. If you make a mess, then clean it up!
You get the idea.
I say these phrases or others like it, over and over and over, until I am, quite frankly, sick of saying them.
Sick of instructing.
Sick of directing.
Just plain sick of hearing my own voice.
And honestly, my kids are probably sick of hearing me
And then it hit me.
I just would take myself out of the loop.
And, how did I do it, you ask?
Well, I am hear to tell you that this solution is so blatantly stupid, so ridiculously idiotic, that, at first, I was hesitant to try it. Because surely, surely, an answer this easy could not work.
But, I am here to tell you that it did work. And it still does!
All I did was assign each kid a chalkboard. The chalkboard is in a very visible spot in our almost-but-not-quite-finished kitchen remodel. (side note . . . I saw a photo in a magazine somewhere of a wall of differing size chalkboards, and I tried it in our kitchen. The idea is not new to blog land. I know Thrifty Decor Chick used a chalkboard in her kitchen awile back, but it is new to me. I love the chalkboards! They have been a hit! It looks cool and the kiddies have fun coloring on the wall while I am busy
I put up a chalkboard. I listed their chores. They do them.
Ridiculously stupid, no?!
Yet, for whatever reason, I am not yelling or complaining or repeating myself, and things are getting done.
Share your successes! What have you done in your home that has been a smashing success?!?
PS Yes, this is a little hint of the after pics of my kitchen. In the pictures you can see part of the island that I created and the lovely granite counter (that I got as a remnant) on top. Sooooo pretty!! :)