The more organized you are, the easier the parenting journey. Partner that with a little delegation and you can guarantee yourself some time you can carve out for your business, something you've always wanted to try, or just some "me time". Regardless, chores are a great way to keep everyone involved in a running household and to teach good old-fashioned responsibility!
Here are some tips for including your children in everyday chores:
1. Include Your Child(ren) in the Process. The more involved they feel in creating the list of chores, the more they will contribute. Yes, you might have to ignore the "eye-rolls" from the older ones; but take heart! Your home will be running like a well-oiled machine in no time!
2. Put it in Writing. Everyone has to see the schedule. In fact, put it in multiple places: the kitchen, their rooms, in the laundry room, etc. This helps avoid the, "I didn't know!" excuse. One of my favorite phrases is, "There it is... in black and white!"
3. Communicate Expectations. Ask the question, "What does a clean kitchen look like?" Then allow them to answer. "What does a made bed look like?" They'll give an answer. "What does a clean bathroom look like for our family?" Let them answer and own it. Then provide guidance to the answers, write it down, and hold the the family to it. Yes Mom, even you.
4. Stay consistent. There are times you may want to skip a day or do the chore for your child; try to avoid this. Remember what you are teaching them in the long run. Chores never hurt anybody... even if your children say they do.
5. Make Adjustments. Look, it's not the 10 Commandments. Make it known in your family that you are open for pulse checks. That means your children can come to you anytime and tell you that something is not working, and you can sit down and discuss how to make it work better. Maybe it's switching a day. Maybe it's putting two siblings on a chore to help complete it faster. The key is to keep a functioning home and teach responsibility. This means simple communication. *Bonus Tip* This is especially important for your older ones with the busy schedules. Remember to keep the communication open. If you begin to see any inconsistencies, have a pulse check moment to see how you can help.
6. Reward It. You like rewards when you've done a good job, don't you? Well, obviously so do children! In fact, sometimes the simplest of rewards go a long way. See the next page for reward ideas.
Want a family chore chart of your own? Click here to go to my Resources page and download my Family Chore Chart. This document makes it super easy to implement chores into your family's routine. It houses the chart, some tips on how to use it, a list of recommended chore ideas by age, and a list of rewards (most of them FREE) you can use as well! Download and print this free template and use it for your Command Center to help make running your home a bit easier! Want to make one yourself? I used Canva to make mine and you can use it to make yours too. Try it out for free here.
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