I feel like this post has been a long time coming. Dave and I have intermittently given the kids chores, but it's always been more of just them helping us out when we're cleaning or doing other things. No official list or chart or assignments. We also haven't instituted any sort of allowance system either.
When we lived in our old house we had a cleaning service come every other week and it was amazing. When we moved we decided that we were going to turn over a new leaf and come up with a chore/cleaning system for our family instead of having a cleaning service. We want our kids to have a sense of responsibility and pride in our home as well as a feeling of family teamwork. Last year I read the book, "How to Raise an Adult", and Dave and I are determined to do our part to raise kids who are self sufficient, responsible and not afraid to clean a toilet :)
This whole thing could blow up in our faces :) , but we're committed to making it work.
So, here's what we did. Dave and I sat down and listed out the majority of the cleaning tasks that we do, then divided them up between us and the kids, assigning what we hope are age appropriate tasks to each of them. Since this is brand new to all of us, there will probably end up being adjustments.
We split the house up into three days of tasks and are going to work through them on a rotation (with a break on Friday). It seems like a lot of tasks for each of the kids and Dave and I know that they're going to require some help from us (especially Griffin), but in my experience kids are usually way more capable than what we given them credit for :)
You'll notice a lot of "wiping baseboards" (and windowsills)... this is something that they actually really enjoy to do :) They use baby wipes and it's a simple, easy task that they can accomplish and feel good about.
As far as allowance goes, the plan is $1/day for doing chores and the boys are PUMPED!!! ;)
The daily chore list is on the bulletin board in our laundry room and during the summer the kids and I will probably work on their chores whenever they want to, but during the school year the plan will be to get them done before dinner. Also, once school starts if we need to scale back on the kids chores we'll make that call as well :)
So, does your family have chores? How involved are your kids in the cleaning/housework process?
We're starting today and I'll keep y'all updated on how it works out - what works, what doesn't and what we learn in the process.
Happy Thursday, friends!