(Originally posted in Feb. 2009)
This post is part of the Creating a Homekeeping Book series
If you’ve made a homekeeping 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.
The first section in Coco’s book is a list of her chores.
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 (like I do for myself), I 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.
I 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*)
*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. (Note: This was two years ago, when Coco was 12. She is now 14 and has added chores from around the house on her lists.)
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.
Later on this month, I’ll be sharing some printables for your daughter’s notebook. Please let me know if there’s any particular sheets you’d like to see.