With everyone being ‘cooped-up’ in their homes right now due to the Corona Virus it has a lot of people wondering how to give kids chores in the home to help out, but also to keep the kids busy.
I have found keeping a weekly chore chart the best for our family. This way there is no blurred lines of what mom needs help with in the home. At first I just drew one up on a whiteboard… but after I found a design that worked I created a PDF that I can just print a few out and stick on the refrigerator!
(For a free download of this chore chart continue to bottom of post).
This one I think works well because I can adjust the chores each week, depending on what I need to get done… also, the family member (yes I said family member… as I believe my husband James can consider this his “Honey-Do List” too) – can select which chore they will complete.
First come gets first dibs on which chores they will complete. Come later and you may end up with the worst jobs.
The chores are not compulsory, but if the kids want to earn a few $$ this works well. What won’t help it’s success is if you just go out and buy them what they want anyway… then they don’t really need the $$.
You have to be strict on making them buy their own goodies.
How to give kids chores – Today was a good day. We actually got a lot done McKenzie and I. James took my son camping in the marsh for the night (fun) so Mac and I got busy. First job was to bathe the dogs! Not their favorite thing, but they are feisty when they get out, lol!
After this we had to clean the bath tubs (one more down on the chore chart) as dogs can be rather dirty, urgh! After that we got busy cleaning the floors!
It can turn the job into more than it needs to be – sure. You need a lot of patience, you can end up with very wet floors. Going over the same spot about 4 times. Turned over mop buckets. I can go on… the point is though – the job does end up done. Your child feels like she’s helped (and earned) and you have spent time doing something with her. Just think, in 3 or 4 years time she’ll be an expert – so long as you put the time and patience in now!
After this, we went outside and did some chalk art, followed by a splash in the pool. Mckenzie was nicely worn out. I got some jobs done in the house. Win win.
Kids really do respond well to helping with chores. It teaches them valuable life lessons on what it takes to keep a home clean. It also makes them more aware about just exactly how much we do as moms, just to give them a nice clean home to live in!
Should make them more appreciate don’t you think?
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