We can do anything we want to if we stick to it long enough.” ~ Helen Keller
May is a busy month for our family. We are wrapping up our school season, our sports season and attending graduations.
Meal plans, goals, and other planning efforts get minimal attention as we plan for the summer. I make up a summer schedule, plan for vacation and weekly things for us to do as a family.
Each Sunday our family holds a weekly family meeting for all us over the age of 5. The little children go to bed while my husband, oldest son, and I attend the meeting.
Our meeting involves going over the past week, looking at the current week, setting goals and updating our goals.
Finally at the end of the meeting my oldest son’s favorite part is when we get to his allowance.
He receives a modest allowance based on his chore performance through the week. I did not used to give him an allowance for chores, but he is 14 and if he wants to buy small items with his money, or save it I believe it helps him to be guided in future financial situations.
At the meeting I usually set a goal for him to achieve that month, and then give him a date to complete the goal.
I want the goal to be something that he has not tried before and for the goal to push him to learn at the same time.
For May my goals are going to be simple because of our busyness. Frugality exists in many forms and I feel one of them is planning. I need to be a good frugal planner of my time and my family’s time.
1. Finish my blanket. ( I have been working on it since December.) There is only one side left to complete.
2. Complete 4 chapters in the marriage audio book /workbook with my husband.
My son’s goal for May is:
1. Complete a Fire Drill and Tornado Drill with the family. He will also provide safety instructions and a book or video for the little kids to learn. This goal will be completed by him creating a mock fire/tornado drill for our entire family.
He will perform his drill before 5/30/13. I allow him complete freedom to learn the process, set up the materials and then complete the drill before his date. If he does, then he will get a “gift” for his efforts and completing the goal on time.
Do you try to set monthly goals for your children?