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Do your kids do simple chores? Like a set chore list? Every single day?
Mine do not. Eek!
I mean, they do things when I ask them to–
and mostly without argument–but there is not a set list of things that are expected out of them–and only them.
Part of me thinks it would be such a pain–just another thing for me to have to check up on and make sure it gets done. Another opportunity for my voice to go up 3 octaves from using my fake-nice voice when I tell the kids to do something they don’t want to.
I cannot be the only one whose voice changes on a daily basis, right?! Oh heavens, I’m in trouble!
But guess what–the bigger part of me knows how necessary it is for my kids to have daily responsibilities around the house. And I’m not talking about doing these chores for money–haha–oh no–this is free labor.
The price of living their awesome life in this awesome family!
Yeah, so, this has been on my summer to-do list and I’m finally getting around to it. I’d like to teach the kids how to do their chores and to do them with a happy/willing heart before school starts. Especially my oldest son since he’ll be homeschooled this year and will have a lot more free time during the school year compared to years past.
And of course–whatever big brother does–little brothers want to do too. So I will take their willingness and direct it towards some simple daily tasks for them as well.
The “Martha” in me wanted to run to Pinterest and find the cutest chore charts and get all wrapped up in the craftiness of it all. After all, I have a whole Pinterest board devoted to kids & chores. Gah! I seriously had to channel my inner-Mary in order to just keep it simple. Yep.
I’m keeping it simple because if I don’t–we just won’t stick to it.
So here it is–first there are daily things they need to do (they mostly do them now, anyway, so these won’t be a shock) and then the weekly chores–which they have done at least once already. The hard part for me will be keeping a certain task on its certain day. But that’s probably not THAT important anyway. However, the kids will probably enjoy doing these chores at first because as I already confessed–I am kinda the problem here–not the kids! Haha.
Ethan (age 7):
- Brush/floss teeth
- Make bed
- Let chickens out/check their food/collect eggs (we only have 2 chickens, so this isn’t a huge task)
- Clear the driveway of toys before bedtime.
- Bring up trash cans from road
- Get the mail
- Collect all the shoes from around the house and put in baskets
- Empty bathroom trash
- Clean up/vacuum under dining room table
- Clean up/vacuum living room
- Sweep off front porch and sidewalk
- Pull weeds (fill a bucket)
- Spray and wipe out all 3 bathroom sinks and counters
- Clean 3 bathroom mirrors
- Clean bedroom (clearly define what that means)
- Vacuum bedroom
- Organize school desk and papers
Grant (age 4) and Joseph (age 3):
- Pick up all the toys from the living room and return them to proper bins
- Make bed (which basically means making sure pillows and blankets are off the floor and blanket is pulled up)
- Brush/floss teeth (with help)
- Help Ethan clear the driveway before bed
- Return basement toys back to proper bins
- Put away wash cloths and hand towels from laundry
- Match socks and put away
- Collect dirty clothes and put in laundry room
- Take cardboard to burn barrel
- Change Stella’s blanket in her crate
- Wipe down toilets with Clorox wipes
I’m pretty happy with this list–I think it provides a totally “do-able” starting point for the boys and for myself as well. Could I do more–yes of course–and I probably will as time goes on; but for now, this is enough. These simple chores are enough.
Any tips on keeping up with the kids chores and helping them to maintain a happy heart? I’ll take all the advice I can get!