Chore lists

Tasha - posted on 09/02/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I have a 6 and 7 year old and I want to get them more involved with the house cleaning...mostly just their messes...any suggestions???? I bought a chore chart and I need to fill it out.

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Desiree - posted on 09/02/2009

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If you have a dishwasher they could help put dishes in it, pick up their toys, put away their clothes. You could also work with them until they get okay at vaccuming or sweeping one certain room. Stuff like that. I use chore charts also and put other everyday things on their so my kids feel like they have more to do. Such as brushing their teeth in the morning and at night, putting their dirty clothes away, etc. My kids love their charts and really enjoy marking off the stuff they did each day. Hopefully your kids will like it as much as mine. You can also make charts online or on microsoft works task launcher they have an app for that. That way you don't have to go out and keep buying them.

April - posted on 09/02/2009

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I purchased a chore chart for my son and posted it on the fridge. If he got enough check marks for that week for finishing his chores, we would go out for pizza, or hit the arcade. Basically his allowance was a reasonable activity of his choice, so you also got to bond and spend time together as well as get chores done. Sometimes he is reluctant so I make it into a game,,, like timing him with a stop watch to see how fast he can pick all of his toys up.

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Tasha - posted on 09/04/2009

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Thanks guys we made a chore chart and it has 10 things on it and we started yesterday. My daughter was kinda like I don't wanna do this and started to get whiny but my hyper son...he just flew through them and was like I won I won...He loved to put the checks beside the boxes for his name. We will see how it goes...thanks for all the feedback.

Jenyck - posted on 09/03/2009

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I have always included my kids as a part of the family clean up time, without rewards. I think that it is a basic part of daily living skills. They have always enjoyed feeling "big" as they do chores with mom and dad. We have done some fun clean up activities, like trash or clothes patrol, where who ever gets the most the quickest wins. It's just like a race and the winner is just the winner. As teenagers now, they each have a responsibility in the home.

Sarah - posted on 09/02/2009

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Reward system works well. It doesn't have to cost anything either. Earn tv or game station time is popular but also simple as one on one activities with mom can be really rewarding for both of you.

Jessica - posted on 09/02/2009

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My daughter is only 13months so not up to chores but I found a realy great idea for encouraging kids to do chores if they are reluctant (like if the chore chart isnt a hit). Buy or collect a heap of paddle-pop sticks, paint them different colours and write differnt chores on one end of them like take out the garbage, make beds, scrap dishes. put them all in a plastic cup so you cant see what the chores written on them are and each morning have them pull out a few paddle-pop stick and those are their chores for the day or week (whatever works for you). It also reccomends putting in a few blank paddle-pop sticks so there is the excitement of possibly getting one less chore or even a day off. Mum can even participate in this to show them that they arent the only ones helping out around the house and including dad will get him helping with the housework too. I thought it was a great alternative and makes a game of it. I also loved April's idea of taking them out for a family activity rather than giving pocket money when they do their chores. The value of family and family time is something we can never enfource enough.

Hope that helps.

Kylie - posted on 09/02/2009

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i get my kids to do their own things to like beds,toys,room clean,bikes away downstairs things like that they can handle i have 6 and 8 and 10 so for the 10 i do more with like scrapping dishes or wiping down bench tops..for my girl8 she makes sure vases have water and dead flowers get thrown out and my 6 sometimes does the mirrors ...

Krista - posted on 09/02/2009

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I found that with my kids, predictable is best. If they know what they have to do every day, and at which time they should be doing it, the stuff got done!!! It took me years to finally come to this conclusion. I do a week at a time for each of my kids and the response is great. Hope that helps a little :)

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