More about the load

wooden rounds the loadLast week I wrote about our summer morning routine. Here are a few more details:

I made 10 wooden rounds for each child and showed them the ones I made for myself. On my rounds, I wrote the 10 most important things I wanted them to do each morning, Monday-Friday. This included:

1. Prayer and scripture study (which includes reading a conference talk)
2. Make my bed
3. Exercise at least 20 minutes
4. Write in my journal
5. Serve someone and give thanks
6. Do my weekly job.
7. Do one of these: my summer nurturing job, my housecleaning job, or my laundry (on my laundry day)
8. Do math for at least 10 minutes
9. Practice my music
10. Work in my garden

I had them write their name or initial on the back of each round, so when we dump the basket out at night or the next morning, it’s easy to toss each person’s rounds back into their jar.

labeled load jar

We move our rounds from a jar to the basket. I typically don’t get all my rounds done before noon because I’m working with children on their stuff. But I like to do it along with them because I try to model what I am asking them to do, and it reminds me of the things I want to do as well.

load jars and basket

I’ve been so pleased as I watch the children accomplish their load, and I LOVE getting their text or call or hearing them say to me, “I’m done with my load, Mom!” (Way to go, guys!!!)

Happy Doing Your Load,

Liz 🙂

P.S. In my scripture study this morning, I read about how King Limhi’s people, after they had escaped from years of bondage and fled 8 days in the wilderness,

“came to a land, yea, even a very beautiful and pleasant land, a land of pure water.

“And they pitched their tents, and began to till the ground, and began to build buildings; yea, they were industrious, and did labor exceedingly” (Mosiah 23:4-5).

You would think that after being in heavy bondage for years, and getting to this gorgeous place, they would just take a holiday and start surfing, tanning, and reading a good book. But they didn’t. (OK, there may be an omission for abridging purposes–Mormon could only include a 100th part after all–since it’s not like we don’t believe in celebrating!) They got to work! It made me think of Amy Chua and the Mormon pioneers and my husband and my mom and a lot of other really wonderful examples of people who are eager to do good and work diligently. That’s what I want to teach my children!




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