Chores For The Whole Family

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Taking care of a house can be a very difficult and demanding task. There is so much to clean in a house that it is impossible for one person to do it by themselves. While many moms get stuck trying to do all of the housework themselves, this does not need to be the case. As your children get older, there are many ways that you can get them involved in helping keep the house clean. Since everyone lives in the house, it is everyone’s job to keep it clean. Here are some things you can do to make the jobs fun and rewarding for your children.

#1) Chore Charts

Chore charts are a great way to get all members of the family involved in doing chores around the house. You can make your chore chart or even purchase them. Chore charts are exactly like they sound. You place your child’s name on one side of the chart, list the chores they have to do, and then place a sticker or other mark when they did the job. You can require children to do some chores every day or even once a week.

The best thing about chore charts is that you can customize them to fit the age of your child. For example, you will not have your 10-year-old doing the same chores as your 5-year-old. You can customize your chore chart to meet the needs of each one of your children. You may give all of your children the same chore of making their own beds every day but may decide that they only need to change the sheets on their mattresses once a week.

#2) Chore Wheels

Different from chore charts, chore wheels are a great idea for chores that only need to be done once a week. If you and your family decide that Saturday will be your day to clean, you can break out your chore wheel that day. Again, you can decide to make your own chore wheel or even purchase one. You can put chores that only need to be done once a week on the chore wheel, like vacuuming, dusting, cleaning the bathroom, cleaning windows, and more.

On the day that you and your family decide to clean, you can take the chore wheel out. Each member of the family can take a turn spinning the wheel. After each family member has spun the wheel you can all start cleaning and doing your individual chore. This shows your children that all members of the home are responsible for keeping it clean. You can use the chore wheel as a family bonding experience.

#3) Chore Apps

If your children are getting to the age where they might think that they are too old for the two things above, you can start using chore apps on the phone to get them involved in doing chores. There are many family chore apps that are popping up on the market. These fun apps may make children more likely to do chores since they get to use their phone or your phone to see what they need to do.

Many of these chore apps allow you to link bank accounts that can allow you to reward your children for doing their chores by giving them an allowance. You can use this as a teaching tool. Using an app to pay your children allows you the opportunity to teach your children about saving money and even online banking, which is becoming more and more popular today.

#4) Rewards

All children want to be rewarded for doing chores, and this is a personal preference for parents. Some people do not believe that children need to be given an allowance, while other people do. There is no right or wrong choice; however, your children should be rewarded somehow.

If you choose not to give your children an allowance, you can do something fun with them instead. For instance, after cleaning, you may decide to go and get ice cream as a family or watch a movie that your child has been wanting to see. You can even allow them to listen to the music of their choice while the whole family cleans. There are endless ideas for rewards that you can use for your children to help them have fun while doing chores around the house.

About the Author

Henrietta Newman is a self-loving empty-nester into smudging, nature, yoga, fitness, healthy living, hunting, camping, hiking, tech, video games, gadgets, recipes, reviews and more.
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