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Molly Review: The Everyday Family Chore System


I'm excited to be a part of The Molly Crew, this is an extension of the Schoolhouse Review Crew. The Molly Crew reviews items that aren't curriculum related. It's more of gardening, kitchen gadgets, and such. Our first review for The Molly Crew is Everyday Homemaking!
Everyday Homemaking is a website that offers products not only for homemaking but homeschooling as well. Vicki Bently along with her husband have fostered over 50 children since 1986. She has a passion to teach young women 'mommy' skills as she has taught many pregnant teens since 1994. What a wonderful ministry her and her family have, talk about being a light in this world.

I had the chance to review The Everyday Family Chore System and what an honor to have been chosen to review one of Vicki's books. I was blessed with a physical print copy. The cost is $19.00. You can purchase an eBook as well for $17.99.


The book consist of three parts:
~Part 1: Laying the foundation
~Part 2: Implementing the Plan
~Part 3: The Actual Chore System (I had fun with this part)

Laying the foundation was my favorite chapter because it wasn't all about chores but where do you want to see your child your children as young adults, what kind of life skills do you wish to see implemented? What sort of attitude toward work do you want them to have? What about their attitude toward authority, serving one another and how will they get there.

A verse from Part 1:
"Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be joy, not burden...." Hebrews 13:17 (NIV)

Viki gives the four basic principles:
  • Have realistic and age-appropriate.
  • Establish rules or standards.
  • Have a working knowledge of family discipline.
  • Tie Strings to their hearts.
She then goes into detail explaining each principle.

Implementing the plan talks about delegating and assigning responsibility. Here you will find a Life Skills Checklist, sample routines and list to get you started, how to put your chore system together, and how to succeed with your chore system. All through this chapter, Viki gives suggestions and ideas. She mentions how one mom implemented the finger system for you child's personal duties.

The Actual Chore System is where all the fun of putting it together. Here you will find the reproducible pages. I love that I don't have to write or type the chores up. All I had to do was copy, cut, and paste.
Vicki gives more than one way to put this chore system together. I chose using clothespin.

What I needed to get started, poster board, clothespins, card stock, glue and markers. That's it! Laminating the chore cards and such would be a good idea too but I chose not to.

Here is how mine looked when I was done. It was fun organizing and putting it all together. Half my children were states away (and two still are) so that is why my chart looks so empty.
 The left side hold the daily chores that belong to the child for a week and the right side is the weekly chores that the child will do for a month. I tweaked and added some daily ones as well, those are the chores clothe-pinned to their name.The daily pins go down one child once the chore is completed. All the chores are rotated unless a child needs extra time to really learn and do the job right.
What I love about this system is the chore cards have exactly what the child is to do. I think by having the chore cards the child is able to make the chore his/her own. It's not mom telling him what to do anymore.  I decided to color code the cards to match the chore on the clothespins

If you have a non-reader you can take a picture of the child doing the job assigned and glue that on an index card. For those that have younger children, ages two or three than you have the child help and do chores right along with you. This way you are training the child and imagine if the parent does the job cheerfully, reciting verses, and talking the child through the chore, what training the child is receiving. What a gift you are giving to your little ones by being true examples of Christ. This is something that I now look back on and wish I would have taken the time to have my children work besides me.

My husband was really impressed with this chore system. He liked that it was simple, logical, uncluttered and very doable. Seeing what chores were assigned to each child was a plus for him. We were doing something similar but without the set-up. Once a week my husband would assign chores to the children and we were always forgetting who we gave what chore to. So my hubby liked the visual aspect of The Everyday Family Chore System.

What I liked is the little things where getting done (like cleaning the toaster) as well as the bigger jobs (like clean the inside of the truck). Like my Sweets, the visual aspect was great! Seeing what each child's job was at a glance helped me keep up with who had what chore.

Some of The Molly Crew members reviewed Everyday Cooking as well, please visit the Schoolhouse Review website to read more Everyday Homemaking reviews!

**Disclaimer: As a member of the The Molly Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine. 

3 comments

  1. I love the idea of chore cards that break the task down for them! I wonder if laminated would work so they could cross off as they did something?

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  2. Eddie, yes that work as well. This system is so flexible. One can use magnets instead of clothespins and put this on the fridge too or use a pocket chart. I was going to use my pocket chart but couldn't find it.

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  3. I love your color coding! :) Thanks for your review.

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