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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