With any size family, chores are a must. Teaching them to pitch in helps kids learn responsibility and it helps build character. And when everyone is involved in some way it helps make the load of keeping a house tidy a bit lighter.
Even with the kids in school, chores can still be accomplished. Whether you school at home or your kids go to another type of school, there are many ways you can help organize chores to make things flow a bit smoother.
5 Way to Organize Chores With Kids
- Start with age-appropriate tasks. No matter what age your kids are, there is something they can do. Doing age-appropriate chores will eliminate frustration with everyone. Here is a list of age appropriate chores as an example FREE PRINTABLE HERE
- Create a chore chart. This will vary depending on your family’s needs and size. Creating some kind of chart will help the kids know what they are responsible for doing and it will help keep them on track. FREE PRINTABLE CHARTS HERE
- Set a schedule. Plan a time that works for your family. There can be certain chores that need to be done in the morning before school and then a set to do in the evening after dinner. Or implement set after- meal chores. Also give them a certain time frame to accomplish them. This helps to keep things moving.
- Train them. With each job you assign them to do, give them a demonstration. Have them watch you do that particular task, so they see how it needs to be done. Give them the proper tools to use as well. You can also type up a plan of action and post it in that room so they can go through each step.
- Rotate tasks. With everything in time, it becomes boring and we lose interest. It helps to rotate every so often and have children trade chores for the week or month. Or have them pick a task they want to do along with the ones they are assigned. This also helps them learn another task and not get sloppy in the job they were first assigned to.
I have also found in our family, dividing rooms up between children and giving them the responsibility to maintain that particular room helps them be responsible for one particular area of the house. We also rotate bi-weekly to give them new tasks to conqueror and so a lack of interest doesn’t set in. It’s fun to get a new assignment from time to time.
Keep in mind that with anything rewards and praise work wonders! Maybe set a goal with your children for the week and if they accomplish all their chores (with a good attitude, of course) they receive a treat of some sort. It doesn’t have to be big or expensive, but even a trip to the dollar store or their favorite ice cream makes them strive to work hard.
And last….keep it fun!