1. Know that your children are more capable than you probably think they are!  I used “What every child should know along the Way” as my guide.  I tweaked it to fit me and our lifestyle but it gave a good base starting point to see what kids were able to do.
  2. When you want to increase your children’s chore load, set aside time to teach and train (teach is giving the instructions, training is giving them supervised practice and guidance so they get it right!)
  3. Do chores all together (at the same time) but don’t give extra chores to the person who finishes first.  If your expectations are fair to start with, then being free after they have completed their chores is reward enough.  When we give an extra chore, just because they have finished earlier than everyone else it is very unmotivating and takes away initiative.
  4. That being said, there could be times that you all work together to get things done, and everyone knows on the outset that we will be working all together, till the last chore is done and normal rosters don’t count!
  5. This is how I organise my chore roster:
  • 4 areas of my house that the children maintain (I have four children)

Kitchen

Bathroom

Laundry

Outside, including scraps and rubbish

  • We do a weekly rotation
  • I do any chores in those 4 areas that the children are yet able to do, or I set aside time to train the child in that task when needed
  • If I need a on-the-spot job done in that area I call on that child – eg the bins may need emptying again during the day – I call on the ‘outside’ person, or I may need a drawer tidied so I call on the “Kitchen” person.
  • I also use this guide (calling who ever is responsible for that area) if  I am doing something that they can be beside me – eg if I’m making muffins and the “kitchen’ person hasn’t yet learnt to do that, then they get called to my side to work along side of me and learn.
  • Saturday morning chores (always a big housecleaning day when I was growing up) is a finishing off day for us – if you didn’t get all your jobs done during the week, then you finish them on Saturday, if you did do your jobs through the week, then you get Saturday off!

Older blog posts that may interest you:

How we trained for Chores

Cleaning Routines

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