Chores!

There is 6 people living in this house, plus 3 dogs, plus 2 cats and a hamster… so you can imagine how often I am cleaning.

I decided now that the kids are older maybe it is time for a some chores! Before the chore chart the kids were constantly asking for things to do, or that they were bored so I would give them things to do like sweeping or cleaning their rooms or dishes. They would grumble and complain thats going to make me more bored. I found once it was on a chart and they could see which one they were doing it became easier!

If you want to get fancy with this you can! Get a billboard from the dollar store and stickers and fun markers, the more colourful and fun it is the more the kids will be interested!

For the youngest who is 4 I made the chores easier since he’s not tall enough to do most things. For example pick up the toys around the house, grab any laundry on the floor and put it in the laundry basket.

Then my 8 and 10 year olds, I put sweeping, washing the floors, empty the dish washer, put the dishes in the dish washer, wipe the counters, laundry, vacuum the bedrooms, feed the animals. I spread them out throughout the week to they all do a different chore each day but they all do every chore so there is no complaining since we all know they will find something to complain about haha except the youngest. He tries even though the broom is sooo much taller then he is! On top off these chores their rooms need to be clean that is one thing that is on there every day, since I find its important to have a clean room helps you sleep better, and the comfort of knowing that you wont fall and trip over everything once you get out of bed.

Not only does the chore chart help me, it also helps them by having some responsibility around the house. It teaches them how much better they will feel helping mommy out.

Rewards for doing the chores you are probably asking, this part is completely up to you because I know that the reward should be the fact that they are helping you out and also themselves. Some kids it is hard to get them motivated to do those types of things, so you can add if you get stickers on your whole week of doing chores you can have a treat, have a candy jar. Go to the dollar store and grab a bunch of candy and a jar and write Chore Reward Candy on the jar. Place it somewhere they can see it but high enough they wont sneak any when you’re not looking. Even money could be a reward if you are able to do that, just a dollar to put in their piggy bank! Whatever the reward it is completely up to you. It’s all in how you want to get your child motivated to do them. Even get an hour longer on the gaming system or they get to pick the movie this time for movie night!

Make it fun! Put on some music and get them to dance while they are doing the chore. Remember to let them know after they do the chore they are a big help! Thank you so much for helping!