I’ve started the kids on a new chore system. The system itself is courtesy of Dawn. She was over one evening and I picked her brain on the matter. I just love knowing moms with older kids. Especially when the kids are as great as hers are. Oh, I suppose I should give some credit to Sirdar, too! 😉
My kids have always had to pick up after themselves, set the table and clear it, and help-out generally when I ask them. But. They haven’t had a regular set of chores assigned to them. Yes, I know. I’ve likely dropped the ball on the matter. Well, I’m picking it up now so don’t give me a hard time! 🙂
Annnyway. The system is a rotating one and it starts off slowly with just doing dishes. One week one child does the washing and one does the drying and then they trade tasks the next week. After they’ve got that down, I’ll begin adding tasks to the Washer’s and Dryer’s duties. Sweeping, mopping, vaccuuming, etc.
The idea was to start on July 1st. It’s been challenging, though, because our evenings have been such a mish mash. Sometimes we don’t get to the dishes in the evening. Yes, it’s true! I often let the dishes wait. On those nights the kids have been getting out of the chore. But now it’s dawned on me that they can still do the dishes in the morning. How ’bout that??
So, here they are. And they’re not even complaining. Actually,this whole chore thing hasn’t met as much resistance as I was expecting.