Having a daily schedule that everyone is on board with makes your days run so much better.
Children of all ages can contribute to the house work. Here are some examples of chores for all ages.
When our kids were younger and all at home, everyone had a job. Wether it was vacuuming stairs, doing your own laundry, or loading and unloading the dishwasher, everyone was expected to help. And no, we didn’t do allowances, they were expected to help. If they needed money for something, I had extra jobs they could do to earn that money.
Chores were to be done before anyone could play or “go anywhere”. Work before play is my motto.
Daily routines that were non negotiable were:
- making beds
- brushing teeth
- hanging up wet towels
- picking up dirty clothes off the floor
- putting dirty dishes in dishwasher/cleaning the kitchen
- packing lunches
- daily homework finished
- backpacks packed and ready to go for the next day
Teaching younger kiddos to pitch in at an early age helps! They love to help when they are little.
At age three, she can pick up dirty clothes, get herself dressed, clean up the play room, help take off her own sheets, and sort between lights and darks.
At age 6, he can empty all the small trash cans around the house, empty the inside recycle bin to the larger one in the garage, vacuum, dust, and empty the dishwasher.
And as I wrote yesterday, I am teaching them to cook. 🙂
They really do love to help at this age! It’s usually the parents that get in the way, because we are always in a “hurry” and don’t want to take the time to teach.
Now I’m not going to lie and say all my kids turned out to be neat freaks like me, because they didn’t lol. But what I hope it instilled in them was a sense of respect for their homes and the things they have been given. I am truly proud of the responsible adults they have turned out to be.
What are some of your non negotiable daily routines? Need help getting started?
I’m ready to help you today,