We don't do set chores at my house. I wasn't raised with them and don't plan to do them for my kids. They are just expected to help out when asked and they do. My DD will help clean up toys and put shoes in the closet. My son LOVES to help doing as much as he can. He'll vacuum, pick up toys, clean his room, make his bed, empty the garbages, take the garbage/recycling to the garage, weed, roll the cans out to the curb for the garbage man, etc.
Beth (32) DH (37) Tyler (5 1/2) Bayley (3 in July!)
no specific chores, although they do help clean up their own messes.
We just started a chore list for the kids. My DD(7) is responsible for cleaning her room and bathroom, picking up dishes and garbage in all rooms, wiping down counters, sweeping and helping me load and unload the dishwasher, and putting away her and her siblings clothes. My DS(3) is responsible for cleaning his room and making sure toys are picked up in every room and all toys put away in the room they belong. I have my 4yr old nephew for the summer and he helps DS. We are teaching our 1 yr old DD to throw things away and put toys up, but it is not so much of a chore as a "Hey, watch what she can do...go throw this away Riley, YEAHH Riley!" lol She is really proud of herself when she throws her diaper in the garbage lol I was never one to make my kids do chores, until I found myself swamped with 4 kids over the summer and completely overwhelmed and burned out. I always did everything, including cleaning the kids rooms. My husband put his foot down and made a chore chart and bought stickers and has been great about rewarding the children when they earn enough stickers. He takes them to the movies, out to an indoor playplace, he bought them water baloons and had a water balloon war etc; and I have to say I am alot less overwhelmed and have more energy to do the harder stuff--like never ending laundry!
My son has to clean up his own toys, put his own dirty dishes away, help put his clothes away, cleans up his own spills, and helps bring me his dirty clothes. He is four.
I forgot to add they are also responsible for putting dishes in the sink after dinner, but that is not something I consider a chore, as much as manners, they have always done this even before the chore chart.
Yes, small things. Even from when they are teeny tiny. Caden is almost 5 and he's responsible defintiely for cleaning up after himself. But he's also required to help us clean the house. He's all for doing things together with people, so he helps me wipe down the tables. He will dampen a paper towel and wipe down the coffeetable and endtables in the living room. He's also good at mopping, he could do that all day LOL.
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