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Mini Homekeeping Book for Girls

February 22, 2009

Okay, if you’ve been reading my blog the last few days then you’ve heard all about my homekeeping book.  Today, I’ll conclude this series with ideas for your daughters.  Tomorrow, I’ll be back to my MamaMusings, Devotions for moms, and tales of our School at Home. 

 

If you’ve made a book for yourself, maybe you’d like to make one for your daughter as well.  Or maybe you don’t need a book at all but you’d like your daughter to make some new habits.

 

Getting Started:

I used a 1” binder with a clear view cover for Coco’s book.  It is small, so it’s not intimidating, and she can decorate it, so it’s fun.

 

Instead of planning several weeks, give her just one sheet per day

 

On this sheet, you’ll list any chores you want her to do that day. 

 

Don’t forget her schedule when planning out chores.  If she has regular lessons or sports, you may want to assign easier chores on those days.

 

Some things, like making her bed, may be on the list every day.

 

Put the sheets in plastic page protectors, and she can use a dry erase marker to check things off each day. 

 

Here’s an example of a couple days out of Coco’s book:  (All in her bedroom*)

 

Monday:

Make Bed

Pick up toys/trash/laundry

Dust

Clean blinds/windowsill

Vacuum

 

Tuesday:

Make Bed

Pick up toys/trash/laundry

Straighten bookshelves and headboard

 

*Coco helps out daily around the house, on an as-needed basis, but the chores in her homekeeping book focus on her bedroom.  I want her to think of it as her own little home that she is responsible for.

 

Ideas for other sections in your book:

 

Decorating ideas:  Have her collect ideas for decorating out of magazines, etc. to make her room a home.

 

Cleaning directions.  Either your own, or copied out of books and magazines. 

 

Table Setting: Directions and ideas.  Many cookbooks have diagrams, or you can find one online.

 

Fun Snacks:  Many girls’ magazines, like American Girl and Family Fun, have fun snack ideas.  She can collect them here in her book.

 

Menu plan:  For an older girl, you can help her make a sample menu plan for the family.

 

Entertaining:  Find ideas for parties and gatherings and file them here. 

 

Hospitality:  Here, she can store tips and verses on hospitality and can practice them when her friends visit. 

 

Other how-to areas you might cover, depending on your household might be:  Sewing, cooking, laundry, ironing, gardening, organizing, crafts, etc. 

 

Again, there’s many websites with lots of information and ideas.  Take what you can use from these ideas and make them your own, to fit your family and your household.

 

Happy homemaking!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. turtlemomma permalink
    February 22, 2009 7:49 pm

    OK this is my fave post so far. (Btw i get the the posts like a day late, this one hasnt come to my email yet)
    I can really use this idea for check off’s and directions on how to do the bed or what have you for Melanice. She’s a little scatterbrained and even though you show her something a million times, she still can forget a step. Thats ok, thats just her! So by making her a binder like this she can function with her problem and even use it when she get older! Sweet. Thanks Angela!
    I also love the ideas of them putting in their own ideas, decorations, stickers, what have you to make it more their own. Annnddd I love the idea to teach the kids that the room is like their own little home. Super!
    Joy

  2. February 26, 2009 8:48 pm

    yay! I hope it works for you! She sounds like me 🙂

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