Monday, May 16, 2016

Establish Chore Time to Give You More Play Time

School is almost out and we all look forward to fun evenings and weekends with family.  But when we get home we are often faced with a long list of chores which leaves little time to enjoy the longer days.  Take advantage of your children not having homework by enlisting their help.  

There are two key strategies you can try for getting your children on board with chores. Keep it simple … and challenge them to be part of the solution.  Start by creating a Chore Chart in a central location. Try a chalkboard, bulletin board, or basic sheet of paper set up in a grid: columns for days of week, and rows for family members. Scratch paper with pushpins or reusable sticky-notes are great tools – involve the kids by having them write one chore per slip of paper. These can then be moved around to different days/"assignees" as desired.
Don’t forget about the basic chores that everyone should do every day – these can be a general list to serve as a reminder for all!

Sample Chore List

Nancy Bock of the Soap and Detergent Institute provided this list of chores in her May/June 2016 newsletter "Cleaning Matters."  Use this general list as your guide; add additional/specific chores that are required in your own home. Remember to keep the ages and abilities of each family member in mind as you make chore assignments!  Take the time to show and train your children on how to do their assigned chores properly.  It will take lots of encouragement at first, but your child will benefit from these skills and work ethic for the rest of their lives.

Every Person/Every Day

  • Make Bed
  • Clean up after showering (hang towels, wipe up water spills)
  • Clear plate after meals
  • Put dirty clothes in hamper/laundry room
  • Put away toys and games

Household Cleaning: Team Tasks

  • Set the table
  • Do the dinner dishes
  • Wash pots and pans
  • Take out garbage
  • Bundle/sort recycling
  • Pick up clutter
  • Clean your room
  • Dust family areas
  • Sweep the floor
  • Vacuum carpeted areas
  • Feed the cat
  • Walk the dog
  • Mow the lawn
  • Do the laundry (NOTE: keep laundry products out of the reach of young children)
  • Put away clean/laundered clothing
You may add chores that are specific to your family's needs.

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