I must confess that while I tend to expect a lot of my kids, I’ve never been one to make them clean up or do chores. Until I had two little people making messes. It was also kind of hard to teach them chores when I’d rather be reading books — mine or theirs! As I’ve become more domestic, I’ve created a list of things that my oldest can help with.
– set table
– clear table
– help cook (mixing/dumping)
– unload dishwasher
– put away silverware & dishes they can reach
– take out compost
– wipe off counters & table
– put away groceries
– help wash/dry dishes
– use carpet sweeper for crumbs
– pick up and put away toys, books, DVD’s, etc.
– make bed
– put clothes away
– sort laundry for washing
– load washing machine
– transfer to dryer
– clean top of washer/dryer
– match up all socks
– fold kitchen linens
– fold hand towels & washcloths
– clean the walls
– mop floors
– clean fronts of cabinets/side of tub
– sweep deck/porch
– pick up sticks
– rake leaves
– get drinks for themselves or others
– get snacks for themselves pr others
Do your little ones have formal chores or do they just shadow you?
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