Getting The Family To Work As A Team with Esther Simon, MSW
One of the most challenging areas of child rearing is to get our children to help around the house. Many people involved in education and helping children to become more responsible wonder how to accomplish this task. If you think of your home as a business and everyone who lives in it as an employee you can begin to give out important jobs and tasks based on their individual abilities. Just like in a business, you must create a mission statement for your family and work as a team to uphold the values and priorities to live the mission statement. In this session we will cover:
A. Family Meetings/Mission Statement
- Establish monthly or regular meetings to involve everyone who has an opinion in the process. Discuss important events and needs.
- Emphasis Team Work
- Mission Statement: What are your values and priorities in your home?
- Make a list everyone agrees with.
- Star charts, beans in a jar, any measure or chart of success
- Reward based on success or effort
- Reinforcement: if someone does a good job, validate the work and effort
C. Create a Calendar/Schedule for your Family
- Write out a printed schedule for chores: involve your children in the process
- Divide up the chores based on your families schedule and abilities
- If you don’t divide up the chores, you will have less time to spend together
- Less time to spend with children
- Discuss non involvement and choices
E. Divide up the Chores
- Setting Table
- Cleaning the Family Room
- Bathing Siblings
- Making lunches
- Daily Clean-up
The investment of time you take in teaching your children to be involved in the home and learn to clean, cook or just be responsible will pay off in many ways over the years.
BIO-- Esther Simon, MSW
Esther Simon, MSW A mother of seven and a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers, Esther has a master’s degree from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work in New York City. By helping people organize their lives, she‘s become known as the “The Traditional Home Organizer”, and specializing in Time Management and Home Organizing. She helps her clients De-clutter their homes, set up file systems and organize every aspect of their homes. “My specialty is the home, says the former social worker, “and dealing with children’s clutter. When you run a home office and a family, time management is critical. I tell my clients that the more organized they are, the more time they will have for themselves, and less stress they will experience. They should be role models for their children and family. Esther gives lectures and workshops on all aspects of the home, such as budgeting, organizing the kitchen, housework, closets, day planners, etc.
Esther has since married five daughters and has seven grandchildren and lives in Santa Monica with her family. She can be reached at: (310) 396-5656 and [email protected] or www.TheTraditionalHomeOrganizer.com