Beds to make. Dishes to wash. Floors to clean. Toilets to scrub. Sounding familiar? Let me suggest a solution to your cleaning woes. Your children. Don't worry, I'm not talking about going all Cinderella on your kids, but assigning chores to your children is a win-win. It lightens your load, helps the house, and teaches your kids important lessons about responsibility and basic life skills.
Tip 1: Start small and simple. Good intentions are easily lost when you bite off more than you can chew (or clean). If you're just starting off giving your kids chores, choose 2-3 daily tasks you want your kids to accomplish to develop both the habit (for them) and a check-off system (for you). Then add on.
Tip 2: Choose your chores. What age is the "right" age to start chores? You might be surprised. Experts say that kids as young as 2 can be taught to put toys away when they are done with them, bring a sippy cup over to the counter when they are done, and put laundry in the dirty clothes bin. Looking for ideas of age-appropriate chores? Check out this, this and this.
Tip 3: Create a chart. No need to buy a fancy chart to track your kids' chores. Pinterest is full of simple ideas for DIY chore charts. Here are some of creative ideas to get you started.
Older kids who can read will do well with charts like this magnetic chore chart from Martha Stewart (1), Brought To You By the Letter B (2), Sutton Grace (3) or this clothespin chart from My Blessed Life (4).
Looking to add a bit more fun to your family's chores? Try these innovative ideas. Chore dice from Delia Create (1), chore sticks from Whatever Dee Dee Wants (2), spinning chore chart from All Things Thrifty (3), and chore punch cards from Making the World Cuter (4).
Do you give your kids chores? What's your favorite chore system?
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