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I recently read this on Twitter (wow, this isn’t just my kids?)
When I clean my room:
- 1% Cleaning.
- 29% Complaining.
- 70% Playing with stuff I just found.
I think every kid should have chores. Whenever I hear my kids fighting, I figure they are bored and give them a job to do. I wonder if they will ever catch on? 😉 No, really, if you want to raise a child that contributes to society in a healthy way, make them do chores. It gives them a feeling of belonging, responsibility and ownership. They learn to contribute to something greater than themselves, the family.
How to Teach Your Child to Do Chores:
1. Begin with self-care. They become responsible for their teeth, hair, clothing, stuff (with you assisting).
2. Move into care for an animal, if possible. This is an easy way to get them to begin caring for and being responsible for another living thing. And, you can’t put off doing these kind of chores like some others. Complaining doesn’t get you out of it. What you are wanting to plant in them is a habit of morning routines. This will serve them the rest of their lives.
3. Have a daily list of chores to complete each morning: (examples)
– daily getting ready chores
– unload/load/start the dishwasher
– make beds
– feed animals
– read Bible or devotional
***And it doesn’t have to just be chores – on our list is “practice piano”, because if we don’t do it in the morning, it doesn’t get done. Ever.
4. Institute a cleaning night when the family cleans together:
These jobs are much larger, such as mopping the floor and cleaning the bathrooms. Turn up some music and make it fun. It’s so much more enjoyable when everyone is working together.
– strip beds
– clean rooms
– bring laundry to be washed
– clean bathrooms
*change up the job responsibilities occasionally.
**try not to make the big cleaning night last longer than an hour or so. It will be amazing what can get done in that time. Just keep growing it as your children grow and mature. (Don’t wait for them to enjoy it, that’s probably not going to happen.)
Make sure the jobs they are given they are able to do. I purchased a steam mop when my kids began mopping, this enables them to do the job well. Our job as parents is to set them up for success. Help them use the appropriate cleaning products. And, make sure to check when they are done. Don’t accept a half-baked job, but also don’t beat them over the head about it. Ask them if they understand how to do it. Show them how to do it properly and then, have them do it while you watch.
Here is the steam mop we use.
We’ve done chore charts, online charts with rewards and prizes…right now, we are doing nothing creative. Everything gets old after awhile, so keep changing it up. The only thing we don’t change is our routine. The chores are done every morning. We have a few optional chores that get cut if we are squeezed for time. For the most part, they all happen every day. The family cleaning night has been Tuesday night for the last 2-3 years. It just works. And who wants to clean on the weekends? Nah!
Would you like to read more on what chores your child should be capable of performing? Click here for my post!
I hope this helps you get your kids contributing to the many chores around your home. Any tips or comments about keeping your kids invigorated about doing their chores? Please share with the community, in the comments below. We would love to hear from you!
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