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  1. Becca Bernstein
    March 20, 2012

    Wow. You should run a Mommy Boot Camp b/c this is FANTASTIC. Truly. You have it organized so beautifully! I am going to adopt this. This is good stuff, Kat.

    • Kat Robertson
      March 21, 2012

      I put my kids through a “Mommy Boot Camp” at my house about once a year – does that count?! LOL

  2. Fran
    May 24, 2012

    So blessed to have found this. God’s timing is perfect!

    • Kat Robertson
      May 24, 2012

      I will be publishing our summer schedule in a few days :) Be sure to subscribe to my mailing list to receive it in your email inbox! Thanks for visiting…

  3. Karin @ madebyk
    June 25, 2012

    Came across this while surfing on my phone. Will have to come back to it when I can read it on my laptop and digest it more. I do love the spreadsheet keeping track of points. (i love spreadsheets!) And this might be just what I need as my girls and I institute a point system this summer. Thanks for posting this!

    • Kat Robertson
      August 8, 2012

      You are SO welcome :) Thanks for visiting — I hope my process/method helped you develop a system your family can live by to simplify your day to day tasks!

  4. Kelly
    June 27, 2012

    Just found your website! Wow, all I have to say is you sound a lot like me! I have 3 step-kids who live with me full time. The third one just arrived 2 weeks ago, and I am trying to get him use to our rules and routines. I am a true believer in having the kids help take care of the chores. Like you said, they are the ones who make the majority of the mess!

    The thing is he’s 9 (plenty old enough to do the work) but the other 2, are 11 and 13 and have lkived me for over 4 years, so they have grown up with our system and other than points/percentge of allowances earned/lossed, they know what is expected of them. And most important, I know what they are capable of doing! Struggling with the new addition, but slowly we are getting it together.

    Anyways, love the way you think! Can’t wait to read more!

    • Kat Robertson
      August 8, 2012

      New additions are ALWAYS tough. When my stepsons first started visiting us, they HATED when I made them help in cleaning up but I explained that they are part of the family and when you mess up, you help clean up. I would integrate them into the kids’ chores while they were with us and it was definitely somewhat of a battle, especially since I’m the “stepmom” but all in all it wasn’t too bad. Good luck striking some balance there — I’m sure the youngest one will fall into place soon enough. Thanks for visiting my site!

  5. Kelly
    June 27, 2012

    *lived with me…Oops!

  6. iamarjaye
    July 17, 2012

    Just trying to nail down my kids’ chore situation and ran across your blog (via Pinterest). I love how organized you’ve got everything. BTW, I have a Tre and Zoe too!!

    • Kat Robertson
      August 8, 2012

      No way (re: Tre & Zoe)?! That’s so cool :) Thanks for visiting and as for being organized, Lord knows I try. Even with everything spelled out to the “T” like it is, there are always inconsistencies because kids will be kids but we do our best! In a household this size, there HAS to be some sort of order to the chaos haha

  7. Faith @ Artistic31Mama
    July 30, 2012

    This is WONDERFUL! Thank you for sharing. I think I may just have to make one for our household. :-) We have four kids 6 1/2 through 15 months. I shared this on my Facebook page and will be pinning it. :-) Have a great day!

    • Kat Robertson
      August 8, 2012

      Sweeeet … thanks for visiting & sharing! I think your kids are at GREAT ages to get them started. Even the 15 month old, the earlier you get them in the habit of it being understood that you just pick up after yourself, the better. At 1 year old, you’d be amazed how quickly kids latch onto simple information like you consistently instructing to pick up a toy and place it somewhere — you do it over and over and the baby will begin to do it all alone! Good luck with your troop… I hope what you found here helps you to develop a system that fits your family and serves you all well!

  8. Stacey
    September 4, 2012

    Wow… I’m a working Mom of three (one of which has medical needs) and I desperately need some guidance on schedule. I feel like our home is so chaotic and it shouldn’t be… I’m looking forward to diving deeper into your schedules and trying to make them work for my family. House rules is a great place for us to start! :)
    Thank you for sharing your ideas!

    • Kat Robertson
      April 22, 2014

      Kids generally do love structure even if initially they try to reject it. As much as they seem to not want to support the system that keeps the house running smoothly, they definitely seem to enjoy the organization! It’s much less stressful and much more peaceful when everything is being taken care of as it should be.

  9. Danita
    November 5, 2012

    I was on Pinterest and someone had pinned your chore chart. I clicked on it because I love love love all things about being organized. I’m nodding and agreeing while reading through the house rules and then started reading the kids names. I’m thinking “why do these names sound familiar”?? I totally did not know this was your blo! HA!!

    Great job!!! The kids have gotten so big (since the Yahoo Group days)!!!! Keep up the great work! You look amazing by the way!

    • Kat Robertson
      April 22, 2014

      LOL!!!! :) That is too funny. Even the Internet is a small world ;) … actually I think the Internet makes the already small world EVEN SMALLER :)

  10. Emily
    January 15, 2013

    Amen to EVERYTHING! I love your whole system. Thank you so much for sharing!

  11. Winifred
    June 22, 2013

    I was bemoaning to my sister how I had created a monster by doing everything for my son because I would get annoyed that it wasn’t done…so, I would do it. But subsequently, it created a child who seemed to think I was his personal chef and maid, and oh…but no. I realize his behavior is directly related to *my* behavior, and my sister recommended the “points” system as a way of getting us both back on track. Yours is the best example I’ve found. Thanks for both your work on the system and for sharing. :)

    • Kat Robertson
      April 22, 2014

      I hope that it helps! :)

  12. Deborah Uballe
    August 4, 2013

    I have 3 girla (17,12,9) and 2 boys (13,4)! I am hoping this will help me because they ignore me when I tell them to pick up things/or clean, until I start yelling or threatening. They fight with each other what seems to be all day and night! I am going to try to implement some or your ideas and see how they turn out. It is very important to me, I had to drop out of med school due to the trouble. I could not study at all, and I would like to return. Thank you for your time, Deborah

    • Kat Robertson
      April 22, 2014

      Children tend to follow our lead, even when they don’t want to. When parents set a peaceful tone, control their emotions, act respectfully, and respond appropriately, over time it will catch on to the kids as well. I can’t say that I have mastered all of that — in a house with 5 kids, it sometimes get to be a bit much for me to handle calmly and peacefully but I’m working on it :) haha Good luck!!

  13. Tanya
    August 30, 2013

    So would you mind helping me to figure out a good fair way of this for my 5 kiddos? I have a daughter 10(11 in april) from previous, my husband n I have a son just turned 2 in June, a 3mo daughter(I know can’t do anything yet lol) then he has an 8 &7 yro daughters from previous. My daughter is here all the time except weds evenings, every other weekend n Sundays 11-6 on off weekends…his daughters are here during the school year every weds n every other weekend(same weekends my daughter is home), during the summer we have them every week Monday-Wednesday n every other weekend…with my daughter in traveling tourney softball, his play softball n volleyball, so as you can see its crazy but I’ve been trying to develop a chore/behavior/reward system but can’t figure out how to be fair enough to them all with this lol…help?

    • Kat Robertson
      April 22, 2014

      Perhaps the best way to begin would be to have a family meeting when everyone is present and discuss with them what your plans are for managing the house when everything is so chaotic and time is not on your side ;) Let them know what you will be expecting each of them to do when they are there and use the points system to develop a pattern of rewards — I think in your case, having them work toward a nice family outing would be a great way to spend time together doing something fun while also giving them an incentive to do their chores. When it’s just your daughter and your son and baby home, I think having your daughter make sure that she’s cleaning up behind herself as she goes is sufficient and perhaps helping to keep the 2 year old on track (if she sees a mess that he’s made, ask her to prompt him to clean it up or even help him a bit). Don’t put too much “baby” stuff on her because she may resent being responsible for her little siblings, but working together as a family to teach your son to tidy up after himself is a great way to teach a bit of responsibility without overloading the oldest child with too many “helping” chores. When everyone is home, I recommend assigning each of them weekends to have specific zones of the house. For instance, they are all responsible for cleaning up their own space (their room or their part of the room if they share) and then they rotate weekends on other areas like the kitchen, floors, bathrooms, and other living areas. You know your house/family and your needs so structure it in a way that doesn’t give each of them a whole lot at a time, but that covers everything so that it all gets tended to. Hope that helps!

  14. Cynthia
    April 22, 2014

    This is great! I’m going to try to incorporate a few things for my family.

    I’m curious about the Galatians bible study you mentioned. Was this a prepared bible study that you used or just something you did on your own?

    Thank for sharing!

    • Kat Robertson
      April 22, 2014

      This was something I did on my own. I was a Theology major for 3 years so most of our family studies, I prepare myself. :) I hope that the system benefits you — I will be updating mine in the next few weeks. It has been two years since I modified our family’s system and with the kids getting a bit older, it’s time! Thanks for visiting :)

  15. Allison
    June 12, 2014

    Great Info! So helpful.. but how do you suggest we handle the ‘dog duties’ for the dog EVERYONE wanted but no one wants to care for now. My kids are 18 months, 4, 8 and 12.

  16. Jodi
    August 19, 2014

    I love this!! I am going to try and implement it into our lives.

    What type of reward(s) do you give for the points?

  17. Whitney
    August 27, 2014

    I absolutely love this whole idea! I will be using this in my home! Between me and my fiance we have 6 kids together and we have to get some kind of chore and rules going! Its very crazy around here without< this look like it will help! thx so much for the ideas!!

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