Living Better Without Requiring Chores

Kids blossom and get bigger from doing adult things because they want to, instead of kid-things they have to do because they're small.

—Sandra

Jon and I do not see housework as a chore. We do it cheerfully, in order to make our home a place we all enjoy.

—Rue

Changing *another* paradigm!?
How can a family live together without requiring kids to do chores!?

Are you building relationships up or tearing them down?

Is this really necessary for unschooling!?
(No, but on the other hand...)

How to Make the Shift
How can one get from resentment and rigidity to an outpouring of love?
Too mushy? It happens.

Responses to someone who's certain it's crazy
"I want to SCREAM!" quoth she.

Modelling Joy
Goodness!

What is the purpose of making a cake?
How can we decide when to say yes, and what our part should be?

Service given freely as a gift

What about hired help?

"It seems unfair."
Priorities

TRUE TALES
of kids helping voluntarily

Service
If that word makes you nervous, why?

Gratitude


I admit about the first 20 times I read this type of statement I found it inconceivable. But, gradually the concept penetrated my denial AND my thick skull, and I'm adjusting my attitude.
Thanks for the noodge,
Betsy
life
“I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was duty.
I acted and behold, duty was joy.”

-Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)



Joyce Fetteroll has a section on chores at Joyfully Rejoycing, middle of the righthand column.