Getting Things Done & Lessons learned!
Bottom line: children involved in household chores learn to share responsibilities, work within a team and become accountable. What worked well in our home was to first have a meeting of the adults in the home…EG: parents/partners/grandparents, etc. to set a plan for presenting this household procedure program to the kids and the steps following. This step is crucial!
Once the adults are in agreement, a sit-down meeting takes place with the entire family. A list of chores for each child & adult is prepared ahead of the meeting time.
Rewards may come at the end of the week when work is successfully fulfilled or at the month’s end with a special or previously planned reward with the parents or as an individual reward or treat.
Having a chore chart also means there is no “forgetting” to do something. Having the chores assigned to specific days of the week or hours of the day can also help.
- BEFORE SCHOOL:
Feed the dog.
Make your bed.
- AFTER SCHOOL:
Set the table for dinner.
Take out the trash/recycling.
- MONDAY-WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY:
Clean up after the dog.
Unload the dishwasher.
- TUESDAY & THURSDAY:
Unload the dishwasher
Empty all the wastebaskets.
Many lessons can be learned from chores & charts….and the work gets done as well!
© Chores Ann Gambrell March 2015