My three eldest children are now aged 7, 6 and almost 5. I felt at the beginning of this year that they are old enough to be doing chores now. They’ve been helping me out with bits and pieces around the house since they were toddlers (mainly just tidying up toys or carrying groceries in from the car) but I thought it was time to make chores an official part of their days. I have chosen a few chores each based on what I feel like I need help with the most and what I believe would be achievable for them. I want them to be a little challenged but not to the point that they are overwhelmed by their tasks. I really want my children to grow up understanding what it takes to run a household. By giving them chores they are developing character while learning good skills that they’ll need for the rest of their lives.
This is the current chore list and later I’ll share what I do to keep them motivated.
7.5 year old son:
- Put away all the clean dishes from the drying rack
- Take the recycling out to the recycling bin
- Put away clean washing
6 year old son:
- Tidy up shoe racks
- Empty and rinse out the compost bucket
- Put away clean washing
Almost 5 year old daughter:
- Clear off the breakfast table
- Put clean washing away
These are their daily chores. They put their own washing away after I deliver it folded and placed in their rooms in plastic tubs a few times a week.
Lets face it sometimes children, (AND adults!!) are in a stinky mood or are occupied by something else and really don’t want to do their chores. To attempt to conquer this problem and to make daily chores fun I made up a simple chart. It is just a piece of A4 paper with their names on it.
If they do their chores…
- Straight away without being distracted
- Without any whining or complaining
They get a tick on the chart. When they get seven ticks I give them a chocolate bar, Freddo Frog or a mini pack of Maltesers!
This is working at the moment! What a blessing it is to have the children helping out! I’m thinking of introducing table chores for everyone to help clean up after our evening meal. I’ve been putting it off because the children (and myself) are usually pretty tired and grumpy by this time of the day but it is usually daddy who cleans the whole kitchen by himself after tea while I get the baby and toddler ready for bed or help the older ones have showers. It might be time to change up our schedule in the evening a bit to share the load of the evening kitchen clean up.
Do your children have chores?
Do you give them any rewards or allowances? Leave a comment and share what’s working …or not working for your household.
Blessings, Peta xo