Checklist: Chores

Beginning of the year or beginning of the school year…maybe we could all use some reminders on how to handle chores:)

This is a repost from January:

There are many different types of chores, all very important. Here are a few:
1. Type 1 is the everyday chore: the one you want your kids to do everyday – duh, sorry, that’s pretty obvious, isn’t it? Anyway…brushing teeth, making bed, feeding dog, clearing the table, or whatever you want the kids to do based on age and developmental abilities…all become everyday chores. Do you have a chore chart??

from Current, Inc.

Charts can be very helpful in encouraging kids to want to do their jobs. Use old-fashioned stickers or markers or make up a check-off program on the computer to keep track of success.  Then use a small treat as an incentive at the end of the week if all chores are completed…the dollar stores are helpful in choosing!

2. Type 2 chore is the now-and-then chore:
the overflowing basement toy box

When the toy box is overflowing, the bedroom is a mess, the bookcase is empty because the books are all over the floor, or any other area that is “theirs” needs work…….Have the kids set a timer for 20 minutes at a time. Say, “Let’s work hard for 20 minutes, then you can do something fun for 10 minutes.” Make sure that you work with them to keep them going. As they get older you can leave them alone to work for longer periods of time but not unless they have copied your work ethic for quite a while. The 20 minute intervals continue until the job is done, or until you’re worn out.

is the job done yet???

3. The Type 3 chore is one where the kids help the family do household jobs. These jobs encourage being a part of a productive family and give children a sense of accomplishment, confidence, and pride.

helping clean out the fireplace

4. The Type 4 chore is kids helping with an adult project. They can help Dad build a trailer or help Mom organize photos – anything that gives them an opportunity to see the work that the family members do and to learn how that work ethic works. It also gets them out of that couch potato rut. The younger you put them to work with you, the better. As they get older, whether they like it or not, they’ll consider helping to be a normal part of the family routine.

helping with a garage project

5. The Type 5 chore involves learning skills they can use in the future: changing a bicycle tire, baking cookies, raking leaves, folding laundry. If they will use the skill in the future, then they should begin learning it early as a part of a loving family experience.

fixing a flat tire

Try to keep the idea of doing chores as pleasant a task as possible…I know, that sounds ridiculous, right? But…turn on the music, laugh with each other, lighten up!!! It doesn’t have to be drudgery. Remember, you are the role model. If you’re a grouchy worker, they will be too!!! Be happy, be positive!

With school starting up again, some sort of structure will be helpful in the continuing battle to teach responsibility, both at school and at home:)

Happy Parenting,
D and C 






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  1. Anitra says:

    I work so hard on making chores pleasant but it rarely works for me. These are great tips. I won’t give up! I found you on the So Followed Saturday hop. I’m following you now.

  2. My hubby and I are working hard on teaching our 5yr old daughter about her chores. We’ve made a list with clipart to show her what all she has to do during the day. It’s great. She follows it well because the pictures make it fun for her.

    I’m a new follower via Relax & Surf Sunday…. I’d love it if you came by my blog and take a look around. Have a wonderful week.

  3. doreen says:

    Good Post.. I will be posting my review of your book next week..could you sent me a photo of the book and yourselves??

  4. doreen says:

    send (sorry) still traumatized over Irene and having trouble thinking straight!

  5. I actually had that same chore chart when I was a kid! I think having chores as a kid taught me alot about responsibility and accountability! I’m a new follower here from the Weekend Wind Down (Susie Homemaker’s hop) and would love for you to follow me back in as many ways as you’re willing! Check out my links through the website. Thanks!

  6. Courtney P. says:

    I started following you from the Finding New Friends Weekend Blog Hop – Week 21! I am a part of the blog hop. :)
    I’m following your site, Google Friend Connect, Facebook, Twitter, Networked Blogs, etc. if applicable!
    I hope you had a great weekend!

    -Courtney P.

  7. Happy parenting! It’s already the school year already! Wow! Stopping by from Mingle Monday!

  8. I love that picture of the kid half in the toy box. Too cute. I’m following you and would love a follow back if you’re interested. =D

    Tina “The Book lady”

  9. It’s very important to assign a responsibilities or a household chores to our kids when they are still young. It’s our duty as a parent, to train our kids in terms of their whole being. As it says in the Bible: Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart form it. Cute pictures!!!

  10. Ashley says:

    Great post! Thanks for your comment on my guest post on Stacie’s website!~

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