As you know, it takes a lot of work to keep a household running. Not only do you need some help, it is healthy to teach your children the importance of responsibility. They need to know that laundry doesn’t wash itself, meals don’t just appear, and the floor doesn’t just stay clean on its own. Everyone needs to pitch in!
While a Checklist orients the kids to general things they need to do every day, the Family Chore Chart lists specific tasks for each day and which child needs to complete them.
- Determine the tasks that are appropriate for the ages of your kids. If your child is three years old or older, he or she is old enough to have some minor responsibilities. In our family, kids spend about 20 minutes a day on their chores. Items on the Family Chore Chart can include sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, folding laundry, dusting, tidying, cleaning bathrooms — the list is endless.
- Determine how often you need the task performed and write up a weekly schedule. You may not need the living room swept every day, but you probably need one room swept everyday.
- Assign each task to a child and then rotate the tasks each day so that everyone has the same workload over the course of a week. Little kids have a different list than the older kids, but in our family, the third grader has the same chores as the kids in high school.
- Teach your kids how you expect them to do each chore so that they can be successful. Without question, you will be able to do a better job than your kids, but don’t expect perfection. Realize that you need to delegate and they need to learn responsibility. Learning responsibility is one of the most important benefits of using the Family Chore Chart.
So, besides teaching your kids the importance of helping out around the house, there is also a “fringe” benefit – at 20 minutes a day, each child contributes 2 hours of work each week! Putting it into the context of a 40-hour work week, over the course of the year, each child relieves you of two and a half weeks of work. If you can make the chore chart happen, this provides the precious time you need for you, your partner and your kids.
Who would have thought that something as simple as a chore chart would be the tool to make all of that happen? And most importantly, the chore chart is such a win/win! Your home is maintained, your kids become valuable team players (and that feels good!), and you feel less burdened by the tasks that hang over your head each week (and that feels amazing!).
How’s that for making every day a Momma’s Day?