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Managers of Their Chores Review by Christine Field

Steven and Teri Maxwell
2416 S. 15th Street
Leavenworth, KS 66048

Steven and Teri Maxwell are the creators of Managers of Their Homes, the system that has blessed so many homeschooling moms by helping them create order in their environment. They have done a similar job with Managers of Their Chores.

Chores are important. Not only do busy moms need help around the house, but chores are a great training ground for character and work ethic. You want to get your kids onboard with regular chores as early as you can. The Maxwells help us to do this, whether our children are readers or pre-readers.

Part of the book is devoted to the importance of chores. The rest is for the "how" of scheduling your family's chores. If you don't know where to begin, this book will be a big help. Also, if you are meeting resistance from your children, such as a negative attitude or poor quality work, the Maxwells offer tips for dealing with these situations as well.

On to the chores! First, you are provided with a master chore list, listing every possible chore to be done in a home. Using this exhaustive six-page list, you pick out the chores that are important to your family. Other forms are included for assigning them to individual children.

The heart of the system is the ChorePack. It's a vinyl pocket with a clip on it. After you've identified the chores you want your child to do, you print them out from the Chore Pack website onto cardstock provided in the kit. Next, cut them out and place them in the pocket. Your child can clip the ChorePack onto their clothing, or you can place it where it will be easily seen. The child then works through the cards, with no forgetting or reminding. For readers, the chores are printed out. For pre-readers, the website offers picture cards in attractive colors.

This is a fun, easy-to-administer system that you and your children will love. Planning time is minimized, and everything is here for you to pick up the system and immediately put it to use in your family. Once again, the Maxwells have made family life smoother and more efficient--leaving us time for the more important things.

Product review by Christine Field, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, March 2007