I’m a bit of a control freak, so letting my children do some of the house chores was kind of … well, scary. And, I know, in the beginning, it really won’t seem like they’re contributing that much. In fact, you will definitely spend more time teaching them, walking them through it, and afterwards, making up for what they couldn’t do. But, to see the look on their faces when they realize they are playing a significant role in your household is worth all the extra time you put in teaching them.
If you have not yet established a chore system with your children, you can probably start them with some of the bite-sized tasks that I mentioned in the previous post. Even my 2-year-old loves to straighten up the pillows on the couch. Once they get the hang of those duties, this frees you up to take on other bite-sized tasks (Sorry, you don’t get to relax just yet. You will always find something that needs to be done.)
Having a chore chart will keep the children accountable, give them a sense of accomplishment, and teach them responsibility and independence. There are so many chore chart ideas around. Googling it will yield you pages of results. You can make something like this and use self-adhesive magnet strips for the “happy face” cards.
If you’re feeling particularly crafty, my all-time favorite chore chart can be found here.
These charts look cute and all, but if you don’t have the time, just print up a simple spreadsheet and add a few colorful stickers for some kid appeal.
Do you have any helpful tips in effectively training children to do chores? Or perhaps you discovered a good way to get them excited about it? Please do share your thoughts!