As people, we are constantly changing... our children are constantly changing... and it is foolish to think that we can find only one way of doing things and never change it. And I'm not talking about our convictions or Biblical principles, but just practical ways of doing things.
It has been hard to finally admit this to myself, because I keep wishing there was a magic formula. But the only formula is to keep looking to the Lord for wisdom every day. And that is where I fall short. To continue to admit every day, "Lord I need your help, I can't do this alone." When I do stop fretting and take it to the Him, my day is so much better... but I can't go on yesterday's strength anymore than I can go on yesterday's food. It's a daily thing.
So... for those who are curious... this is what I worked out for us this week. And next week we will just change who does what.
Aaron (9)---make breakfast and unload dishwasher (it's usually oatmeal or something else simple)
Lela(7)---load dishwasher and feed pets
Alyssa(6)---one complete load of laundry and sweep D.R. floor (usually a load of towels or underthings)
Isaac(5)---Clean off table and take out trash
Levi(3)--- pick up/sort dirty clothes
Kyla(22 mths.)---pick up shoes
They are still learning, and, of course, I have to remind them, especially the little ones, but all things considered they do pretty good.