Emma and Lily run on towels to help absorb water from our ice dam.
One of my goals for February is to get the kids more involved in chores and helping out at home. There’s still plenty of room for improvement, but here’s what I’ve learned so far:
- Don’t expect to have “me time” while the kids work. It’s actually a lot more work for me to have my kids help with chores than for me to do them alone, but I feel like it’s important to get them involved in running the house they live in. They tend to be pretty cheerful after cleaning, and hopefully they will grow up knowing how to keep a clean home!
- Don’t expect the chore to get done quickly – at least in the beginning .
- Where possible, let them do it their way. For example, my mom used to dump a bucket of water out on the floor and have my brothers soak it up instead of making them mop the floors the traditional way. They were happy, and the floors got much cleaner!
- Give concise instructions. I told Emma to clean up the floor of her room, and she did – by putting everything on her bed. She had done what I said to do, but obviously not what I intended for her to do!
- Clear organization helps and encourages kids to clean up. My kids are much happier to do straightforward chores, like putting toys in the correct bin.
- My kids prefer to clean right after breakfast, before they are involved in a game or tired/hungry. As an added bonus, starting the day off by cleaning seems to leave them in a better mood!
- My kids LOVE racing me at chores – parallel chores, where I do one chore and they do the other, and we see who can finish first.
Is there something that works with your kids that I’m missing? Please share!