Gratitude Journal

Have you ever tried a gratitude journal?  I have heard several people talk about them, but it wasn’t until the new year that I finally tried it out.  I have been doing one for about a month now and so far I am loving it.  I have enjoyed it for me personally to end each day reflecting on what I am grateful for.

But the real power that I have seen is with my son.  We have been doing this as a family after we do our scripture study and prayer, we then each have our own notebook and we jot down one thing we are grateful for that day.  My son can sometimes get into a habit of focusing on the bad and get into a slump of feeling sorry for himself, but I have noticed a change in his attitude recently.  There could be many factors contributing to this change, but he has really gotten into the gratitude journal and takes it seriously every night and I don’t think it is hurting his attitude.

We help write for our preschooler, but then he draws a picture of whatever it is.  Our two year old will sometimes tell us what he is grateful for that day too.  Tonight he was grateful that he could play Harry Potter and basketball.  I really feel like these little notebooks are going to be treasures for all of us.

I bought these little notebooks at the dollar store and every night when we finish reading scriptures and saying a prayer, we write one thing we are grateful for.  It was easy to throw into our bedtime routine and has been something my kids really enjoy doing.

This has made me nice and happy.













Hot Spots

Isn’t chore time your favorite part of the day?? I just love how when I tell the kids that it’s time to do chores they all quickly stop what they are doing and jump up and down and beg to get started right away. NOT!!! We all know that it’s easier, faster, and will get done better if we just do all the dang chores ourselves, right?  But, we also know that doing this is a great way to raise entitled slobs.

There are so many wonderful methods out there that really do help chore time go smoothly… or smoother.  For my family, assigning a “HOT SPOT” to each person is what really eliminated my fear of saying, “time to do chores.”  It’s pretty simple.  I created a spin wheel to match each person with a chore.



I first cut out a large circle and a smaller circle that was about an inch smaller than the large. I then divided the circles into six even slices (do this depending on the number of people in your family).  In each section of the large slice I wrote the name of each person.








On the small section I put a picture of an area around the house: dining room, bathroom, entry way, living room, kitchen, and family room (this is when having a large family pays off!!).







I then put the small circle on top of the large circle and attached them with a brad in the center and voila! You now have a hot spot chart.







Now what do you do with it?
Each person is now assigned a spot in the house, A.K.A. a hot spot! And that person is responsible for keeping it decluttered and clean until the hot spot chart is turned to assign a new hot spot. We usually rotate hot spots every week or two.  You can do it daily, monthly or weekly; whatever works for you.

Before you begin this process make sure to take the time to go through each hot spot and give your expectations of what it should look like.  I usually just wanted the area picked up each day, not necessarily cleaned.  After explaining the rules, try it out by simply saying, “check your hot spot.” I love that I don’t have to give assignments or explain what they need to do.  We usually like to set a timer for five minutes and see if everyone can do their hot spot before the timer goes off.

After everyone has completed their hot spot and it meets mom’s approval, then the kids would get a rock in their jar… which brings me to another day and another post!

Are you ready to be nice and happy??