four children all under the age of four, Deeanne Graham Gist
knew a clean home would be unachievable without the support
of the children. Thus the genesis of, "I Did My Chores!"
"I wanted my husband to look forward to coming home,"
says Gist. "I wanted it to be a sanctuary for him where
he could unwind, relax and have a taste of 'the good life.'
I wouldn't be able to do that if I was constantly nagging the
children to do this or do that. Nor would I be fit to live with
if I had to race behind each of them to pick up the mess they
With those goals in mind, she developed
a chore system that would work for children who both could
and could not read. With a background in education and an
in-home career in journalism, she made lists, gathered supplies
and began to construct her system. While up to her ears in
colored index cards, clip art, and posterboard, a neighbor
walked through her back door.
"Don't write a magazine article about this, Dee,"
the neighbor said. "No one would go to this much trouble
but you. Instead, I think you should just package it and sell
Nine years later, those four children have become adolescents.
With the children being more independent, Gist decided the
time was right for packaging and selling her system.
Thus the birth of Pressing Matters Publishing Company, Inc.
and their exciting new product, I Did My Chores: The Hassle-Free
Chore System for Children ages 4-8. A second system targeting
children ages 9-12 will be launched shortly behind the release
of the first.
Future plans for Pressing Matters Publishing includes a system
Gist has designed for teens/students who are facing the overwhelming
task of juggling homework deadlines, school project deadlines
and major tests. I Did My Homework: The Hassle Free Homework
System for Teens is slated for released in 2005.