Hey, Mamas! I’m Lynn, visiting from Riggstown Road. I have 5 kiddos (4 at home) so believe me, I have my share of daily drama. 😉 High on the list is children and chores – i.e. getting the kids to help out around the house.
I think part of every mom’s drama is getting the household chores done. Having our kids do some of those chores helps us, and it helps them. Of course, they aren’t going to do things perfectly. I mean, let’s face it: nobody does it like Mama does it, right? Or do they?
Today I’m going to share with you how I save my sanity when it comes to getting a room cleaned *right* by my kids. I have high standards, but I don’t expect my kids to do what they haven’t been taught to do. So first of all, I show them how to do a chore. Then, they help me do the chore a few times. Next, we switch places and I am just there to help and observe. After that comes my secret weapon: The List.
After 23 years of motherhood, I have learned (and am still learning) a few things. For one, the kids will invariably forget steps. Also, they will say they didn’t know. Maybe it’s the teacher in me, but I like to put things in black and white. Less forgetting, less confusion, less drama!
So, after I show the child how to do a chore, and we work together for a while, I put up a list of the steps required to adequately complete the job. We go over the list together. Then, after a while, when she does the task alone, instead of me asking…did you do this? And this? What about this?…I can just ask, did you do everything on the list?
I use a list for bathroom, kitchen, or anything that involves multiple steps and has to be done on a routine basis. I just write it or type it up and place it in a very prominent location. J Here is our bathroom list. Obviously, your list should reflect the ages and abilities of your children.
After a while, the steps in a certain chore will become a habit for your child, and you can throw the list away! Then, when the next child takes over that chore, (or if the first child needs a refresher) put up a new list. To make it last a while longer, laminate your list, or frame it and hang it on the wall.
Little things like this help simplify my life, and I love simple, don’t you?
Lynn is a wife and mother who has taught in classrooms and at home for over twenty years. She loves being at home with her family, where she’s learning something new all the time! She blogs at Riggstown Road.
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