While growing up, I remember having chores. I had ones I did after school and others I did over the weekend. I think I started helping out as young as 10, give or take a year or so.
I first started out by setting the table for dinner and clearing the dishes afterwards. I then graduated to helping out with washing or drying dishes but that didn’t happen until I was a freshman in high school. I can remember
hating not being particularly thrilled about jobs to do but it definitely taught me how to be a contributing member of the family. Thanks to my mom showing me how to fold laundry, iron, clean and sanitize toilets, wash dishes, dust and vacuum, my first experience living on my own wasn’t as overwhelming as I would have expected. Thanks Mom, for giving me the basic tools for daily living.
Now that I’m a mother, I truly understand the value of getting your kids to help out around the house with daily and weekly chores. Not only does it help cut down on the list of things I have to do to maintain a household, it gets the kids involved and teaches them about responsibility. Recently, I set up a daily Chores Chart and tacked it on to the fridge. I introduced it to my girls and explained the importance of everyone pitching in to help around the house.
1. The teenager was beyond thrilled
annoyed when she read her duties. Up until now, she’s been functioning chore-free in our family. Not anymore! Emptying and filling the dishwasher, setting and clearing the table are now her daily chores. On weekends, she cleans out her room and her adjoining bathroom. On Mondays and Tuesdays, she vacuums the two main carpets in our home. Fair enough, right?
2. The little girls are responsible for keeping their bedrooms clutter free, cleaning their toy-room at the end of every day and bringing their dirty dishes to the kitchen counter after every meal. I refuse to clean their toy-room any longer!
3. Hubby and I don’t split chores. He just does what he can when he’s not at work. He loves to cook so I let him do that as much as he wants. Being that I only work part-time, I pick up the rest of the cleaning duties on my days off and it works for us just fine.
Our Chore Chart has been in effect for a full week and so far the teen has been doing a great of keeping up. The little ones, on the other-hand, need lots of reminding and still whine when I ask them to clean their toy-room at the end of the day. Darn toy-room!
As for our reward system, each day of fully completed chores earns them a sticker. Five daily stickers at the end of the week enables them to chose a fun activity from a list of activities we created together as a family. Things like movie night, a trip to Menchies for frozen yogurt ice-cream, a trip to the park playground, a play-date with a friend, hanging out with girlfriends, a sleepover, dinner out as a family. The list goes on! We’re contemplating giving the teenager a bit of an allowance but it’s still in discussion. To be continued in another post!
Keeping my fingers crossed our new Chores Chart continues to be successful. I’m fully prepared to keep it going as long as possible and plan on tweaking it as we go!
How do you get your children contributing with household chores in your home?