Written chore assignments for my kids
One of my goals for the summer is to get myself and my kids more organized, in hopes of keeping the house tidier.
A couple of weeks ago, I sat down and made a list of the chores that my boys currently do, though much of it was sporadic. I then distributed the assignments to each of my three sons, making a written chart of a month’s chores for each boy. Some of the tasks are daily, some are done a couple of times a week, and some only once a week.
Why didn’t I do this before?????
Holy cow. It has been *so* effective. Some of the items I initially had to coach each child in, but now that they’ve been doing this for more than two weeks, they’re able to independently do their tasks with very few reminders. And, each day they get both more skilled in the task, and quicker. And, there are things that are getting done way more frequently that needed to be done more often, like cleaning our back arcadia (sliding glass) door, which gets grimy fast, due to baby hands, boy hands, and dog noses.
If you click on the .pdf, you’ll see that I have “Shower” on each day. Yes, I had to write it down to keep track if everyone has taken a shower that day. I’ve also worked on getting the boys down to 5 minute showers, instead of the 20+ minutes they’d each prefer, which previously has made it difficult for everyone to get a daily shower in, due to time constraints (not to mention the water loss). I think next month, I won’t need to include a shower as a “chore.”
Right now, our summer morning “schedule” is pretty loose, but it usually looks like: Get dressed, breakfast, play outside, do chores, then have free time. (Being that the days are SO HOT — it’s supposed to be 116* tomorrow — we have to get our outdoor play done before 10:00 a.m. Literally. It’s up into the 90s by that point, and just too hot for outside play.)
I think we will continue the chore schedule (or a modified version of it) throughout the coming school year.