Menu Planning

Life gets crazy when you have children at your house 24/7. As a homeschooling mom, as with any other mom, time is a precious commodity. So how do I find time to create healthy menus and grocery lists for my family? I DON’T. Instead I turn to, www.e-mealz.com. They do all the work for me!

Each week I get to choose from last week’s menu or this week’s menu. Included with each menu is a grocery list tailored to the store you choose when you set up your profile. There are even different diet plans to choose from.

All this for a very reasonable price. This saves us money too because without it we go to the store every other day and end up purchasing things that we wouldn’t otherwise.

So when Friday rolls around and I see “make grocery list” on my list of chores, all I have to do is, print it out, go through and cross off the items I already have in my pantry and I’m good to go!

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Chores

My children are each expected to do a set of chores each day in addition to doing their homeschool curriculum. To be honest, most of the time it would be much quicker and easier for me to just do these things myself. As parents, MyHero and I feel that giving our children chores helps them to develop a sense of responsibility as well as a good work ethic. It also makes them feel that they are a necessary part of our family as we all have to do our part to keep things running smoothly.

Setting this up has been a process of trial and error for me to find a system that works in our family. What works for me may not work for you. For instance, it took me a while to realize that I have a very difficult time following a set schedule. I work much better within a routine or even better, a simple list of tasks that can be checked off as they are done.

That is what I finally set up for each of my children and myself. Each of us has our own “Chore List”. I then laminated each of these and hung them on our bedroom doors.

Our Chore Charts

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