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What could be better than everyday homemaking? Isn’t that just what we’re trying to do everyday – create, maintain, or improve our home and life?
“Everyday Homemaking is jam-packed with practical ideas and tools to help you better manage your household and time. Practical ideas, time- and money-saving tips, useful products, links to our favorite sites–family resources that God has used to enable us to live our lives more abundantly. Everyday Homemaking–practical ideas for busy families, like…
yours and mine.”
I basically grew up in a single-parent household. My dad was career Army and my mother raised us alone. I was well-loved, but unprepared for adult life in many ways. I felt like I was given a good foundation for motherhood, but not homemaking or housekeeping. Vicki Bentley is the author of Everyday Homemaking. Her biography begins with the little tidbit of information that “she is the mother of eight daughters, foster mom of over fifty, and grandma to fifteen wonderful grandbabies.” Wah! As you read further, you discover that she was able to homeschool 17 children, alongside her husband Jim, and was still able to “open the front door to guests.” I have only seven children still living at home–they’re not babies–and more times than not, I meet my guests on the porch. The Lord wants us to practice hospitality, but my lack of housekeeping skills often prevents me from doing so, and that’s sad. I am awestruck at what Vicki’s been able to successfully accomplish in her life! I wish we had been next-door neighbors when my older ones were growing up, but I’m grateful for the positive impact that she’s had on my life from this point.
One of The Molly Crew’s choices for review was Vicki’s Everyday Cooking – a collection of tried-and-true recipes… The e-book format is $14.99. I’m looking forward to reading my Crew mates reviews of this book, since I chose to review The Everyday Family Chore System.
I chose to review this book because the first words I read said, “Household management training!” Vicki Bentley actually explains that her intentions are for it to be a springboard…to encourage and provide tools to help you mentor your children in what it means to be a responsible, caring, sharing part of your family.” This was my first ray of hope that all was not lost, because these are the characteristics my older children display.
The book is divided into three parts:
1.) Laying a Foundation – “Child training is the first step to successful home management training.”
I was immediately reminded of Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go…” This is a foundational truth. I appreciate that there are Biblical references throughout this book. Somewhere, over the past several years I recognize that I’ve become careless in my child training.
2.) Implementing the Plan
– Assign responsibilities
– Teach them HOW to work
– Motivate them to succeed
The facts are that the reasons for establishing a family chore system are more than having your home clean and organized. Although, my husband would say this is prime, at the moment; and rightly so. It also presents a way for us to faithfully serve one another, and provides an opportunity for me to teach vital life skills to my children. Before now, I had no plan; consequently some of these areas have been neglected and are quite weak.
3.) The Actual Chore System
– The Everyday Family Chore System
– How-to-do-it Cards
Vicki believes Part 3 is the most important part of this book. I would agree that for most people, especially those just contemplating a chore system of any type, first-time parents or a young family, this is probably true. This is the section with the details of how to create your working chore charts and lists. Part 3 is where she stresses that you must teach your child HOW to work, and shares her “essential element”
in the system — the How-to-do-it Cards.
She highlights several different ideas of how to implement the Everyday Family Chore System. Even though we already have a chore system based on a rotation schedule, I chose to follow her suggestions and make a new chore chart. I used a magnetic white board, because I already had it, and I purchased colored magnetic material that I could write names and chores on; and cut apart. If I were starting from scratch, I think I would be tempted to use the magnetic wall paint I saw in the craft store. It looks so cool! It allows you to make nearly anything magnetic and then paint over it with the color of your choice!
We headed our chore chart with the words – Family Service = Loving Each Other,
followed by the verse from Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for The Lord, not for man.”
Ultimately, the chart itself worked similarly to the one we were already using. However, the concept of the How-to-do-it Cards, although simple, is remarkable. It changes everything! Especially, if you’re just starting to train your child.
The strength of the Everyday Family Chore System, for me, is found in Vicki Bentley’s ability to fill a gap for parents. She challenges parents to model behavior, and to have a clear definition of what it means to train and to discipline. She guides them to an understanding of basic foundational principles, that might never have been considered; backing every truth with scripture. She teaches parents how to train their children. She is so generous with her knowledge and information–I just read the Basic Foundational Principles on her blog the other day. She has been blessed and she is a blessing.
This book is available coil bound – $19.99 or 91 pages in e-book format for $17.99.
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Disclaimer* I was given The Everyday Family Chore System e-book in exchange for my honest review, as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog. The opinions expressed are my own.
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