Gabby Moms Review
Helping Hands at Home
Could you use an extra 20 minutes in your week? How about 30 or 40 minutes? If you have children, you can carve out this time each week or possibly daily by teaching them to help you around the house.
Yes, I am talking about the dreaded CHORES! We all did them growing up. We all complained about doing them, yet we did them. Some of us had daily chores while others only got drafted once a week.
So, how do you get your children thrilled about helping? It starts with Motivation…and I don’t mean motivating the children!
There really is a simple way to encourage your children to want to help. Noticed I said “WANT” to help? That is the real key to making this whole child labor training process work.
According to Mrs. Lorrie Flem of Eternal Encouragement Magazine: “The motivation for you in teaching younger children is simply that even if your child is not old enough to clean the bathroom, he is old enough to help keep the bathroom clean enough to clean. Get it?”
In her book, “Helping Hands at Home” she presents a step by step plan of attack method for you to use in training your children help around the house; which in turn, will create more time for you to focus on other things.
Several key points are discussed such as the basic five training keys:
- I do. You watch.
- I do. You help.
- You do. I help.
- You do. I watch.
- You do. I inspect.
Notice the progression? The steps are the same whether your child is four or fourteen! The only difference may be in the number of times each step must be completed before mastered. My children love to stay on step one or two as long as possible! They can make step three seem like a lifelong journey but we eventually get to step five. At this point the responsibility falls back on you as the parent. When you stop doing step five… they start reverting back down the steps!
This simple training method can be applied to any room in the home. In her book, Lorrie goes through most the major rooms in the home and creates lists with suggestions and examples on the steps needed to clean each including the appropriate supplies. We have all heard the statement that having the right tools is half the job! This could not be truer than when applied to keeping our homes clean.
Oh, and also included there is a bonus section on DIY cleaning products for your home.
Having just read Lorrie’s book, I would recommend it to anyone with children. It is never too late to start teaching our children to be responsible for the things around them and to help others, especially at home.
You can purchase Helping Hands at Home online at Eternal Encouragement website. It is also available for your Kindle for only $0.99. Remember that you don’t have to own a kindle, you can download a free reader app for your computer.
Lorrie’s mission in life is helping women grow in their callings as wives and mothers. On her website, Eternal Encouragement, you will find guidance and encouragement that women need every day.
***I received this product for free in exchange for a fair review as part of the Gabby Moms review program.***
terri tillman says
i am a firm believer of kids doing chores. when my daughter was little she was doing all sorts of chores. just like i did when i was a kid. unfortunately she did not take this ‘tradition’ with her when she had kids. getting her boys to do chores is like pulling teeth from an alligator.
This looks really helpful! I like the step approach. It makes learning to keep our house clean seem far more manageable.
Sara Stubblefield says
I think kids should help out with chores. My parents almost never made me do chores (my first day in the dorm freshman year, my roommate had to show me how to use the washing machine!) and, while I enjoyed it in my youth, I think it had hindered me as an adult. I’m going to make sure that my kids have required weekly chores because, while it’s not fun, it provides a sense of accomplishment and creates good, lifelong habits.
RANDY FULGHAM says
ANY PARENTS WITH KIDS OLD ENOUGH SHOULD HELP OUT IN CHOURS
Sounds like a great book! I had chores when I was young…you don’t even hear the word “chores” very much anymore…
Chelesa sims says
Great book. I love the basic training keys and the added dyi cleaning cleaning products so that the children can help.
I like how she breaks out the progression – that’s actually a really good way of looking at any kind of training!
Nena Sinclair says
It seems like so many kids now don’t do chores, the parents can’t be bothered to teach them and it’s too bad, they’re necessary life skills!
I love the part about motivation…:)
Chelsea P. says
Sounds like a great book!
Sandra Greenberg says
This book sounds very interesting and sounds like it would help my husband and I with our kids. I really liked the steps:
I do. You watch.
I do. You help.
You do. I help.
You do. I watch.
You do. I inspect.
Also thanks so much for the tip about not needing to own a kindle in order to read kindle books 🙂
Shaunna Wood says
Looking forward to connecting with your blog. It’s great! Blessings!