This time my bloggy friend Tiffany wanted to know:
How old and what chores do you give your kids to keep your household running smoothly?
- making their beds
- picking up after themselves (toys, books, art supplies) before lunch and before dinner
- preparing lunch
- taking their dishes to the counter after meals
- taking Mary's diapers out to the trash
and their weekly responsibilities:
- loading the washing machine with their dirty clothes
- moving their clothes to the dryer
- folding and putting away their clothes.
My goal is that by the time my children leave my home, that they will know more or less how to keep a home. Each and every one of them. Boys and girls.
The ultimate reason for having the kids do chores, in addition to it being good discipline and useful for later in life, is so our household will run smoothly. Now please don't get me wrong, I want my kids to have lots of playtime, to be able to make a huge mess, and to have, well, a childhood. And, they do. But with this many people in our family, there is no reason for me to be running around doing jobs that my children are perfectly capable of doing. And, I don't want them to see their mother as their personal servant. :)
Eventually I plan to have the kids completely take over the floors and the bathrooms, but for now, I'm still in charge of those because I want them done a certain way. I really look forward to when they can vacuum, too (we have carpet in our bedrooms) but I think our vacuum is a bit too heavy for now. Or not--maybe I should have them give it a try!
Hopefully this explains a little bit what we do around here. Thanks for asking!