Household chores. This is something everyone has to do but no one likes doing it, especially the kids. Trying to get children to help out around the house may be a chore within itself. This can easily be fixed by allocating chores with the use of a chore chart. Even the youngest of children can participate.
Many people are surprised at what a small child can learn to do. Even at a young age they can learn to put toys away, throw garbage away, or put shoes where they belong. This is a great way to start teaching about helping with the chores.
Obviously, older children can do much more. Chores should start out at age appropriate levels and increase as they get older. Daily chores are a good start for every child. This can involve making the bed when they get up, feeding the pet and cleaning the litter box, helping with kitchen duty, or putting all dirty laundry in the hamper.
Weekly, they can help with the vacuuming, dusting, laundry, cleaning of the porches, or scrubbing floors. The list is endless with what children can help out with. The only problem is actually getting them to do it.
With a chore chart, chores can be allocated to each child with daily and weekly chores. Hang it on the refrigerator and cross off when each chore is done. Depending on how old your children are, consider some type of reward system. Trips to the dollar store, a new ringtone, or an allowance are a few good examples.
A chore chart can easily be made on the computer or on a big piece of poster board. Simply make a box-like chart with the children’s names along the vertical side of the box and the days of the week across the top. For each child, write what he is to do for a particular day of the week. There can only be one chore per day or a few, depending on what needs done. When each chore is done, cross it off or put a sticker beside it. This will help the child see the progress they are making with the chores, especially if there is some type of reward at the end.
If a chore chart is not your thing, try allocating jobs to each child individually. An example would be that Janie does the kitchen dinner dishes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday while Susie does the dishes on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Or, have a Saturday cleaning day where Janie cleans the upstairs and Susie cleans the downstairs one week while switching roles the next week.
Chores are not fun. Yet, having a clean home makes it more enjoyable. Just try getting your teenagers to realize that!