I am in the process of revamping our chore lists so that the kids can learn new ones and have time for training before next school year starts. I'm not going to share with you the new plan - at least not yet. Instead, I'm going to share with you our old plan. After all, it's the old plan that has been working for us.
In some ways, I don't want to change up our chores because everybody is getting good at the ones they have. When I give out new chores, I know there's going to be a big learning curve on some of them. Honestly, it seems it would be easier to leave things as they are, so I know that my white socks won't come out of the dryer pink! In the end, though, my children need to learn these things, and I need to teach them.
Sometimes it's helpful to know what other children are doing at certain ages, so here are the chores that our children have been doing over the last year broken down by age:
Dust Mop Wood Floor
Empty/Load Dishwasher After Meals
Change Out Bathroom Towels
Empty Pencil Sharpener
Clean Glass on Back Door
Pick Up In Van
Wipe Off Kitchen Table/Sweep After Meals
Stock Toilet Paper in Bathrooms
Refill Napkin Holder in Kitchen
Take Washcloths to Laundry Room
Wipe Off Dishwasher and Refrigerator
Wipe Off Kitchen Chairs
Wipe Off Bathroom Sinks
Wipe Off Coffee Table
You probably noticed that my younger ones have a longer list of chores. While their list may be longer, the actual time to complete their chores is much shorter. Also, I divide these chores throughout the week, so they are in smaller, achievable chunks for the kids. They have 30 minutes each morning allotted for chores. If they finish before the 30 minutes is over, they get free time!
Do you have any thoughts on assigning your kids chores?