Saturday’s Child: Creating a Summer Job Chart
Summer vacation is getting closer every day. You may, like me, already have started thinking about what to do with all that time and helping your children work, learn, grow and make happy memories during those impending weeks ahead.
Some of you may even have started thinking about your summer job chart. Some of you think that sounds like fun! Some of you are wishing for some beautiful template you could just fill in and print out instead of making yourself. Some of you are wishing school were year-round and you could just use the job chart you already made. Some of you don’t think FUN and JOB CHART are synonymous in any stretch of the imagination. And some of you are going back to bed! In fact, I could use a nap right now…
While one family’s tailor-made job chart may not fit another, it sure helps to see some to get ideas for what might work for your family. So this is my shout out for your summer plan or job chart (current or a previous year’s). Please share! (.pdfs are great, or links, etc.)
These are my sharing guidelines: Don’t worry about what anyone else is going to think about it. (I know. Easy to ask, hard to do!) Focus on the fact that your ideas might help some mother who needs more ideas. Pretend you are allowing someone to stand on your shoulders to see further than you could. My mom told me (when I was young) that she hoped I would figuratively stand on her shoulders, see further, do better than she has done.
I have a friend who is the most talented graphic designer I have met. Whatever she creates is incredible. It gives me ideas. But I don’t compare my work with hers. I just celebrate her area of expertise. My area of expertise is writing lengthy posts! 😉
I’m looking forward to sharing your ideas! I’ll find some of my job charts and share them, too.
If you do want to have a job chart but don’t want to create and print something out, check out myjobchart.com! It’s a great online resource! And it’s free! We have used it as a family and found it to be a great help.
Happy Creating and Sharing,
P.S. Here are some great quotes on creating from President Uchtdorf:
“The bounds of creativity extend far beyond the limits of a canvas or a sheet of paper and do not require a brush, a pen, or the keys of a piano. Creation means bringing into existence something that did not exist before—colorful gardens, harmonious homes, family memories, flowing laughter.
“What you create doesn’t have to be perfect. So what if the eggs are greasy or the toast is burned? Don’t let fear of failure discourage you. Don’t let the voice of critics paralyze you—whether that voice comes from the outside or the inside….
“If you still feel incapable of creating, start small. Try to see how many smiles you can create, write a letter of appreciation, learn a new skill, identify a space and beautify it.
“The more you trust and rely upon the Spirit, the greater your capacity to create. That is your opportunity in this life and your destiny in the life to come. Sisters, trust and rely on the Spirit. As you take the normal opportunities of your daily life and create something of beauty and helpfulness, you improve not only the world around you but also the world within you.” (“Happiness, Your Heritage“)