I make my kids do quite a few chores, plain and simple. I feel that kids should learn responsibility and independence early on to foster long-term habits.
Also, I also don’t want to be doing everyone’s laundry and picking up toys till the end of time. So it is a bit selfish too, I will never lie to you. My summer cleaning schedule is designed to teach the kids some household skills and give me some time back so I can actually have some fun too.
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After much research and lots of trial and failure at keeping my home neat and tidy, I believe I have finally come up with a cleaning schedule that works for my home. In my days working outside of the home, I did everything over the course of Saturday and Sunday and totally ruining my weekend. When I decided to leave and come back to homemaking, I knew things had to change, less work and more chill. End of story.
Now that it is officially summer, I can include my kids in my grand plan and cut my work in half!
Each day, I have a set of four to six chores that I now share with my children. Mostly the eight-year-old, but as little sister follows him around, she is learning good habits as well. I have put him in charge of showing her the basics, and he thinks that is pretty darn awesome.
The thing is, most children are more capable of doing more than we think they can. Yes, most times my son sort of half does things, which means he has to do it twice. Yes, it’s not always the way I would do things, but who says I’m right? My point here is that I am setting my kids up to already know how to take care of themselves when they leave my house.
Here is a list of chores for my eight-year-old:
- Laundry-from start to finish!
- Trash and recycling; take out of the house and down to the curb.
- Bathroom cleaning
- Pulling weeds
- Watering plants
- Pick up rooms
- Wipe kitchen counters and tables after dinner
- Clean baseboards
I am sure there is more, but that is a TON of stuff off of my plate! Which gave me the time to write this post and drink an extra cup of coffee. Call me lazy or call me genius…I prefer the latter.
The baby is just starting, but I already have her taking her own diapers to the trash, picking up her toys and putting dirty laundry in the hamper. My mission is to basically never do ALL of the cleaning ever again.
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Do you have your kids help you clean? What are some innovative ways to include your youngest children?