My girls have 3 chores. 1) Make your own bed. 2) Pick up your own toys before leaving the house and/or going to bed. 3) Help empty the dishwasher. We also ask them to set the table, help fold the laundry by doing socks and towels and easy to fold items, and generally clean up after themselves.
This morning I was getting dressed and the girls were making their beds, together. Big sis helping Little sis. And I hear my little girl start singing, and I am not lying here, “It’s a Hard Knock Life” from Annie. I guess I should be thankful that it wasn’t the Jay-Z version?
Seriously? Thanks girls.
But seriously, chores are a good thing. We don’t have a cleaning service, I work upwards of 50 hours a week, the Coach is pushing 80 hours regularly. Stuff doesn’t just magically get done around here, and it’s going to take all of us to pitch in. What age did your kids start doing chores? What are some good starter chores? Do you reward them with allowance? We don’t pay for chores – but if they do a nice job and don’t whine I may give them a “coin” for their banks – they don’t care what coin, they just like the sound it makes.
Or do you think I’m just one step away from warbling “Little girls…” and knocking back a bottle of the hooch? Be honest. And when you read my upcoming housecleaning (with wine) post, you might change your mind.