If you’re anything like me, you’re doing the best you can to keep you’re head above water. Parenting isn’t always an easy gig; some days I think I’m nailing it, and other days I feel like I’m permanently on the hot mess express. With that said, there are a few things I try to do each week to keep our household running somewhat effectively. I know charts don’t work for everyone, but recently I’ve found myself using them more, and and I found for the most part my kids like them and they’ve really been helping keep our house afloat. Here’s 7 charts we’ve been using each week.
1. After School Rules – from Thirty Handmade Days
2. This Week for Dinner – from Thirty Handmade Days
Meal Planning is one of those things that can often fall to the wayside after a busy weekend, but it definitely saves time and money. I printed out this meal planning template and laminated it. It hangs on the fridge, and I make an effort to fill it in each week on Sunday or Mondays. It helps cut down on the craziness of the week, plus the kids like knowing what to expect for dinner. I also try to get their input to some to degree.
3. Grocery Shopping List by Category – Simply Today Life
Meal planning can save in so many ways including time spent at the grocery store. I find that this grocery shopping list helps me organize by category and figure out what ingredients I need for each meal of the week, keeping me efficient and only buying what I need.
4. Chore Chart from A Beautiful Mess:
5. Scratch of Chart from Oh Be Little
My 8 year old was having a rough start to the school year and a friend recommended this fabulous chart from Oh Be Little. While it’s a little pricey, I’ve found it lasts a long time and it’s totally been worth it. My son scratches a square each time he receives a good report from his teacher. He also tells me at least one thing positive that happened at school that day. In a year when going to school hasn’t always been his favorite, this has really helped us find the positive and have some fun!
6. Pack your Own Lunch Chart from Rage Against the Minivan
7. DIY Job Chart
Do you use charts in your house? We’d love to hear which ones work well for you!
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