I haven’t cleaned a bathroom in over in a year. Well, not the whole thing anyway. Each girl cleans one bathroom. And since we just have a family bath and a powder room, this works. It took weeks of training, teaching, reteaching and post clean-up inspection but mostly the girls do a good job. The mirror seems to be the toughest though I can’t explain why. And teaching them not to use too much cleaner, that takes a while too, but I love that the girls clean. It makes me feel like we are all in this together.
This post is a short follow up to Belinda’s post on Why Kids Need Chores. I’ve avoided this post because even though it challenges me and encourages me to read how other families operate, I didn’t want to share our routines. You might judge me. You might think: her kids do too much, her kids do too little, or worse, even though your house is organized and spotless (the opposite of mine), maybe reading about what my kids do will make you feel guilty. Oh, there are dozens of reasons I could not post this.
But, I started this blog to encourage other moms. And practical, real-life examples are my favorite way to fill my mommy-idea bag. And honesty, they say honesty endears you to your readers. I hope they are right (sometimes when I start confessing my insecurities, like I just did, I get a double whammy because now I feel silly for being insecure about this). Let’s talk about chores before this gets any worse.
First, lists of age-appropriate chores always help me. I never follow them exactly, but they encourage me that I am on the right track or that my kids can handle a chore I didn’t realize they were old enough to accomplish. And sometimes there are chores I never even thought of. Here are links to some of my favorite age-appropriate lists:
- Focus on the Family’s list divides chores by age and then by personal and family chores.
- Web MD. The list of age appropraite chores is on the last page of this article, but I like the first part of the article and its explanations of how to get kids to do their chores.
- Home-school-your-boys. So technically this blog is about girls but I love the chore lists on here. Many homeschool families can make chores and learning to care for home a daily part of their activites. Therefore their chore lists are longer and more detailed. I love how this list divides chores by age (starting at 9 months!) and then into specifc areas like: in their room, the rest of the house, in the yard, away from home, and beginning etiquette.
So tell me, what do your kids do? ( I was honest, now it is your turn!)