Chores Week at E2S

Happy Monday, everyone!  This week we’re going to talk about kids and chores.  But I don’t have a lot of advice for you, because I’ve struggled with consistency in our family.  I firmly believe that kids should do chores, and I’ve been pretty successful in teaching my kids to pick up after themselves.  It’s the deep cleaning like toilets, dusting, and mopping that I too often find myself doing all by myself.  I came home from my Sally Clarkson retreat in February totally pumped to establish new routines and assigned chores for each of my three older kids.  But every iteration of chore charts that I’ve tried this spring has failed.  My kids are excited for the first couple of weeks, but it hasn’t translated into them taking responsibility for tasks.  To be honest, the complex charts with lots of moving pieces and rewards are just too complicated for my little ones.  In general, I’m not a big fan of bribing my kids to help around the house (watching a family movie is about as far as I’ll go down that road), but just checking off boxes isn’t much incentive for them.  And I don’t like having to nag, which is really the only way anything is getting done these days.  So a couple weeks ago, I emailed Anna for advice, and her response really encouraged me.  You can read her take on chores on Wednesday, but in the meantime, if you have a system that truly works in training your kids to take initiative for their chores, please share it with the rest of us.  I’m sure I’m not the only mom who needs help in this area!

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2 Responses to Chores Week at E2S

  1. Anitra says:

    My oldest is 6, so although we have a few “set” chores, I don’t really expect the kids to do them without reminders. Instead, I’ve been trying to be more intentional about asking them “Please help me with…” (sweeping, setting the table, vacuuming) or even “would you like to help me with…” (cooking, washing dishes, laundry). The set chores, I remind them “you need to…” (put your clean clothes away, empty trash cans, clean up your toys), and they know they will be disciplined if they don’t do it. It doesn’t stop the whining, but it has curbed it quite a bit. (My favorite response when they whine about putting clothes away: “You like having clean clothes to wear, right? You like being able to find them in your drawers? I cleaned them for you, now it is your job to put them away. If you need help, ask.”)

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