Yesterday I mentioned that, thanks to Large Family Logistics, we switched our regular chore time from the morning to the afternoon and that it had made a very positive change in our home. A couple of readers asked why that was so.
If you remember that I’m a complete morning person, you may be even more surprised that I’m singing the praises of afternoon chore time.
Here are a few of the benefits that we’ve noticed:
- The house looks beautiful when daddy walks in the door. No more stepping over school books, toys and games. Afternoon chore time forces us to stop what we’re doing and prepare for Mark’s home coming. Now when he walks in the door the table is set, music is playing and candles are lit.
- Since everything is tidy when Mark walks in the door, I’m more relaxed and able to enjoy the evening.
- The house looks lovely for the rest of the evening and into the next morning. We no longer do chores in the morning, not even a quick tidy. The house simply doesn’t require it.
- Since we no longer have chore time in the morning we are able to finish school earlier which means play time starts earlier.
- The table gets set for dinner before daddy gets home.
- It’s much easier to check the chores! Since morning chore time immediately preceded school time, checking a child who was slow with their tasks required me to stop listening to a reading lesson or playing with the preschoolers. In the afternoon my whole focus is preparing for a nice family evening and so getting the house tidy and dinner on the table is what I’m focusing on.
We generally start afternoon chores around 4-4:30. It’s honestly a very pleasant time. We light a few candles, put on a Jamie Soles CD and move fast. (More about how it works later.)
A WARNING for those with all little children: As I comforted and then fed little, miss, grumpy yesterday during afternoon chore time (’cause ya know I’m spoiled now and have big kids who can do all the chores), I realized that this may not work for those of you with only young children. I remember when I ALWAYS had dinner cooking in the crock-pot by lunch time because there was no way I wanted to have to make dinner with four fussy preschoolers clinging to my legs and a fussy baby in my arms.
The hour or so before dinner can be a time when little ones need mom the most and you don’t want to have the stress of needing to do all of your daily chores right then. Perhaps an early afternoon or during nap, chore time would work. If you don’t have a lot of school aged children then perhaps doing chores in the morning may be the best solution.
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