Little Ones CAN (and SHOULD) Do It!

Little Ones CAN (and Should) Do it! Jan Smith is a rock star when it comes to parenting and homeschooling! She is a mother, grandmother, homeschooling advocate, businesswoman, jazz band member and mentor to many! I first met Jan after she heard one of my talks and invited me to speak at the Louisiana State Homeschool conference a few years ago. I immediately fell in love with Jan (and Roger) and you will too after this episode.

In this episode Jan and I talk about the benefits of letting (encouraging) little ones to get involved in home life. We share how this builds confidence, work ethic, and a willingness to take risks, all great things for our children as they grow and mature. Jan shares some personal stories that will inspire you to let go and get your little ones involoved. They CAN do it!






Jan and Roger Smith

Watch this video on the benefits of little ones doing chores, it is powerful!

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How to Train Your Children to Do Consistent Chores

How to Train Children to Do Chores Consistently: The Homeschool Sanity Show PodcastGetting children to do chores consistently was one of the most common challenges with kids my Homeschool Sanity Facebook friends mentioned. I have the same issue, so I shared some solutions in this episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show.

Teaching Tip of the Week

Amy Milcic of Busy Boys Brigade shares 54 brain break activities and an inexpensive, easy way to store them.

Organized Homeschool Challenge of the Week

The Christmas Plan Challenge



The Power of Homeschool Routines with FLYLady

A Kids Chore Checklist That Works

Managers of Their Chores by Teri Maxwell

Scriptures on Diligence


Periscope Viewers

Nikki of @nikbrewer suggests using a reward chart.

@LaToyaEdwards of recommends starting your training when the kids are young when they think it’s fun.

Jana of suggests blasting music while you clean.

Amy of BusyBoysBrigade suggests pairing up older kids with younger ones.

Gena  @thethompsontribe recommends using a timer.

Action Steps for the Week

1) Create routines.

2) Teach your kids.

3) Inspect your kids’ work.

Next Week

I’ll share homeschool motivation you can access on demand.

Have a happy homeschool week!