The little list that brings to their attention what they are responsible for. THE CHORE CHART. Giving them a plan, a diagram of what is expected of them from the time they walk in the door from school to when they are leaving for school the next morning. Some have rewards attached, some don’t.
Children learn so quickly; if they come in the door and drop their coat, backpack, lunch box and papers in a trail as they head to the television; it doesn't take long for that to be the "norm". Until one day you have had enough, you tripped over a coat, picked it up and then stepped on a school paper - they are completely shocked by your “temper tantrum”. Don’t rely on them to “realize” that what they are doing is not acceptable. Children, just like adults, have to be trained. Some pick up quickly, by example, others need a little more push.
After the responsibilities and the consequences have been thoroughly discussed, tried, bartered for and discussed again; the playing field seems to smooth out. You have wondered, is it every going to work? Then...when you least expect it...one morning...the lunchbox is where is it supposed to be – the backpack is ready and by the door – the permission slip is laying on the counter with a pen beside it (ok maybe I’m pushing it a little) but – Kids are dressed and eating breakfast and you have not had to raise your voice one time AND everyone is on time! WOW! Why didn’t I think of that years ago?
From the beginning of this new adventure – have a plan – a thought out – well executed plan. Teaching children something new like this takes time, just as it does us when we, as adults, are learning a new job or as we try to rise up the ladder.
Preparing your children with a chore chart or a “stay on course” list for the many responsibilities and opportunities they have now and what they will have as they mature will create in them a unique character that many do not have. They will understand the importance of sharing the work and being responsible for themselves; many will have an unmatched work ethic, yes, partly because of a chore chart!
A more important “Stay on course” list is one that comes partly from a book by Billy Graham – “Heaven Answer Book” and partly from my Sunday school teacher – Gary Mason. (I added the Bible verses) . This is a list to post for the adults and children in your family and then share it with others. Hang it right next to the chore chart.
As believers, we are promised eternal life. Jesus died on that cross for us…yes… you and me. His death gave us life, life that we cannot treat lightly. We have a goal – we are blessed with this life to be witnesses to all who are around us. To share the Good News and to be the vessel that God has planned for us. In order to accomplish this goal we must stay on course!
HOW TO STAY ON COURSE
1. Be alert
1 Peter 5:8 "Be serious Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.
2. Guard your heart
Proverbs 1:5 "a wise man will listen and increase his learning,and a discerning man will obtain guidance--
3. Strengthen your commitment to Christ
Hebrews 6:12 "so that you won’t become lazy but will be imitators of those who inherit the promises through faith and perseverance."
4. Commit every situation to God
5. Strengthen your relationships
6. Take your eyes off the world
7. Rely on the Word of God
8. Remember who you are