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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Works for Me Wednesday: Story Time Chores

Mothers everywhere struggle with getting things done around the home and still having time for their children to play and do fun things. One way I deal with this is to read to the children while they do their chores. Children are able to comprehend at a higher level listening than they do reading, themselves, so I pick books that are more challenging than they can read on their own. This accomplishes many things: The drudgery of the chores is lessened as they hear the story, the time passes more quickly, they stay more focused on their task, some things like folding and emptying the dishwasher get done, the children learn a little of what it takes to run a household, they gain a sense of responsibility and, best of all, I don't have to do it. I get the fun job of reading.

Works for me!

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Fun stuff! Thanks for the tip
Oooh - I like this idea - will have to remember that when James is old enough to do chores without too much assistance! I LOVE your blog!! You are a wealth of information and ideas! Thank you for sharing with all of us...
What a great idea! I read a story each night after dinner; I'll have to have the girls pick up during that. Thanks!
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