With just a few more days until D-day (and quite honestly, by the time this post is live I suspect that our newest addition will already be here), things have gotten a little crazy around the house.
Keeping up with chores has been sort of a game for us. My youngest, my sweet little mini-me, is eager to help out and enjoys when we make games out of our errands. My trick with her? I time her as she puts her toys away; I love watching her scurry around the house looking for more tasks to complete and beat her previous record. She loves being a part of the action and helping out.
My oldest daughter, who is 11, has tasks that are a little more productive. She’s graduated to doing her own laundry: she gathers it, washes it, dries it, folds it and if I’m lucky she’ll even put it away (and I don’t mean cough underherbed cough).
Despite the fact that kids helping around the house sometimes results in a little more work for us as parents — you know, you have to slow down, teach them the right way to do things, or go behind them and secretly redo– Every little thing that your family can help you with is one less thing that you end up having to do. Little things go a long way, not just in laundry or in picking up toys but in all parts of life!
Giving kids chores can…
- build self-esteem.
- establish independence.
- teach the importance of completely a task.
- build confidence by seeing that they are helping out others.
- emphasize the value of keeping things clean and organized.
- set a pattern of helping around the house.
- give them a sense of being part of the team.
- And of course, the most obvious and important one, is that it teaches them necessary skills for taking care of themselves in the future.
Where to start?
I thought it would be really fun to come up with a cute, simple printable that you (and I!) can use to help stay on top of chores. Since every household is different I didn’t want to fill in any of the specific chores, but I love this “Age Appropriate Chores for Children” from the Flanders Family chart that you can use if you’re looking for a rough guideline and some things to fill in.
I recommend printing this, then laminating it, putting it in a plastic sleeve or a cute picture frame so your kids can use a dry erase marker and mark it off each day without having to print out a new one.
Feel free to share this and modify it for your own use! Click on each picture for a downloadable PDF (without the watermark).