Boys’ Chores PDF, Version 2
Well, after about 6 weeks of daily chores for the boys, I am so kicking myself for not doing this sooner. The great thing about making a chart is that the boys are accountable to the chart, so to speak. I tell them, “Time to do your chores!” And sometimes, I need to redirect them to keep them on task. But, I don’t have to keep track mentally who’s done what, and I don’t have to say, “Ethan, do such-and-such, Grant, you do this and that, Wes, you do blah blah blah.” The chart tells ’em all that. (Thanks to City Art Gallery’s website for this Kim English painting.)
I will most certainly continue this through the school year, mixing tasks or adding some as skill allows.
Something else I’ve learned is that it’s not necessarily the oldest who does the best work. With some trepidation, I gave a vacuuming task to my 5yo — the front room two times a week. This requires him to move two side chairs and successfully manage the vacuum. He does GREAT! He vacuums in straight lines, and moves and replaces the chairs with no problem. I now also have him vacuuming his room weekly. And I now have my almost-8yo cleaning the bathroom, though I’ve broken it down into two days’ worth of work. He does more careful work than my 10yo!
Also, while it has always been my goal to mop all the tile (about 800 s.f.) every week, frankly, it usually becomes, oh, once every 10-14 days. But now, every Wednesday, Grant moves all the chairs and uses the Swiffer vacuum, so it’s quick work for me to just do the mopping part, and it gets done every week.
None of the boys’ work is as exacting as if I were to do it. But *all* of it is better than not doing it at all! And it’s easy for me, for example, to quickly wipe down a mirror that’s been smudgily cleaned than to actually clean the whole bathroom. …And, I have more sandy bits at the bottom of my mop water, because Grant isn’t perfectly thorough in his Swiffering. But, so what? Together, the job’s done well. Woo-hoo! for giving boys more work than I thought they could handle, and them exceeding my expectations.
In this new PDF, I eliminated the spots for checking-off each task, and just put one week’s worth of work on the schedule. I made the fonts bigger, and made them different for each boy, so they could tell more quickly whose line is whose.