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My kids are now at the age where they are either super excited to do chores, or they are “soooo tired” and can’t be bothered to help around the house at all. My oldest is 5 and the youngest is 3, so I’m not sure if this stage will last forever or if the occasional magic of chore time will ever go away. I’m guessing it will.
As school gets out this week, I am hoping to implement a chore chart this Summer, and hopefully it will carry into the school year this Fall. Kids love feeling like they are in charge, which is why I’m creating the chore chart this way. There are 4 kitchen/dining room chores that the kids can help with right now:
- Clearing dishes
- Wiping down the table
- Throwing away trash
I want the kids to start doing these more consistently each night, so I created a chart to help them. My oldest is only just getting to the point where he can read a few words so I made sure I used pictures as well as wrote out the chores. Then, we use 4 clothes pins, 2 for each child and allow them to take turns picking what chores they want to do that night. Whoever finishes their chores fastest gets to pick first for the next night, so they have incentive to hurry! They move their clothes pins to the chores they choose for that day and then are expected to take care of those things at meal times throughout the day.
If you are looking to implement your own chore chart like ours, be sure to scroll to the bottom to see how you can download ours for free!
Our chart and the decorated clothes pins make it look fun and exciting hanging in the dining room. Quite honestly, it’s a good reminder for me each day to be sure the kids do their chores! It’s easy for me to forget and end up doing everything myself.
Another thing you’ll need as you get ready to start chores for the Summer, is enough cleaning equipment for your kids to use. Make sure you have extra sponges on hand so that you can use one in the kitchen while the kids are also wiping down the table.
Get a lightweight Swiffer Duster, and make sure you have Swiffer refills in the pantry so the kids can sweep at every meal. I love how light the Swiffer is, so even our 3 year old doesn’t have any trouble using it and the dust sticks to the pads so she doesn’t end up making a bigger mess than we started with in the first place.
Give the kids a small amount of Dawn Platinum Advanced Power dish soap on their sponges as they wipe down the tables, so they can really clean them and get all the germs away!
I love that I can run to Costco and get the P&G products I need to make our Summer chores a reality. And let’s be honest, when you have kids involved sometimes you have to stock up a little more just to keep things on hand for the little ones who might use just a *little* more than they should. Costco has you covered and P&G is always there with what you need for your house cleaning must-haves with or without the kids! Any one else have a mountain of laundry to tackle? Yep, they’ve got us covered…
Are you implementing a chore chart this Summer? I’d love to hear about it!
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