I always adore watching the trends of family bloggers in the summer. There's definite phases to the adjustment of having the kids home over the summer. I liken it to the stages of depression, addiction, grieving.. they have obvious and pronounced durations.
A couple of weeks ago, there was the flood of the optimistic intentions. This summer will be awesome, they all start. There are bucket lists and plans and ideas and TONS of Pinterest pins to illustrate in perfect fashion how this summer? WILL BE MADE OF BABY UNICORNS AND RAINBOWS.
Then the kids come home.
And we all know the next stage: REALITY.
The I'm borrrreeeeed battle cry begins. The sloth's death grip takes over the house. There is apathy, greed, and general malaise. This, my friends, is where most families are now.
BUCKET LISTS? WE DON'T NEED NO BUCKET LISTS.
(I wish we had a bucket list, I really do. I am an innate list-maker.)
So we're in the "Reality" phase of summer planning, which means I'm seeing an increase in CHORE CHART pins and ideas. Well, y'all, I am really proud of myself here. Because chore charts? ARE A YEAR-ROUND ACTIVITY IN THESE PARTS.
Dude, my kids are well-programmed robots. Sort of. In theory.
My chore chart is one I found on clearance, but you could easily make something similar. It had two features that I had been looking for: dry-erase capability and moveable stars. With a household of
cheap workers kids that range in age from 12 to 4, I need a little flexibility.
Most of the chores on my chore chart are based around very simple maintenance needed around the house: pick up your room, make your bed, get yourself dressed and put clothes away. I've heard debate that these things even be considered something worthy of a reward; my old school parents would argue that these are the things that earn your free rent. Some of the chores, however, are things that are a bit more .. labor-intensive. And those are the things I don't expect done on a daily basis.
So once a weekend - or maybe a weeknight, if we've got a really busy weekend planned - we'll take a half hour. That's the baseline plan, and that's what we stick to. You only have to work for thirty minutes. After half an hour, I ask no more work from you.
Chores to fit into those half hour of cleaning bursts are things like vaccuum your room, wipe down your bathroom cabinets and toilet, clean out the snake's cage, wipe down the kitchen table. And yes, the kids initially fought me tooth and nail for this half hour.
But .. eventually .. they learned that what I was asking them to do? Took LESS than half an hour. And if they just buckled down and started? They'd be finished in no time at all, and they enjoyed pointing out that they got more than half of their time back.
I'm sure everyone reading thus far is wondering: what does this have to do with finding family memories? Simple - in my simple mind, anyway: the housework gets done, and it allows us more time to do fun stuff. You've cleared your chore chart? SUHWEET, cause I found this awesome street festival I'd like to take you too. Since I don't have to spend time cleaning, we can go.
Also? My kids won't look back at their summers and wonder why they only had to do chores for three months out of the year.
Do your kids have chores? Do you reward them for it, or is it their contribution to the household?
My son has to take care of cleaning up his toys, that's his contribution...now if he helps me with laundry lol...that's something he can earn computer time or something..he is only 5....sometimes I give him a task and reward him with a quarter or whatever...just to teach a principle about "work"
The mornings were for chores, the rest of the day they could play or we went out.
We are struggling with this. She doesn't want to do any chores, including picking up popsickle sticks she throws on the floor. Therefore, not making many memories this summer.
Yes they do. It teaches them responsibility.
My older children live with their dad and I know that he gives them chores because I heard about them complaining about it sometimes. LOL My youngest son has some chores also. He picks up his room, puts his dishes in the sink after eating and now that we have a dog he is soon going to be the one that gives her food and water (he has already been doing the water part).
They help out around the house but I wouldn't say they were chores. They don't get rewarded because more times than not the messes they clean up are messes they have made and I am not going to pay them to clean up after themselves.
yes they both are responsible for picking up their mess and help set up and clean up after dinner and meals too. as they get older they will get more responsibiltiy. they also help with trash and daily cooking too
My kids help but we don't really consider it chores just yet.