Kids Chores – Get The Kids to Help Keep the House Clean
Comment posted Kids Chores – How To Get The Kids to Help Keep the House Clean by Jan Ferrante.
Thanks Krizia, I’m glad that you like it!
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- Hi Kaari, thanks for the great tips, so many good ones! I especially like the fun cleaning tools, how could I forget! I like using them too!
I don’t think that kids need to paid for every chore, it’s better if they do some stuff as you said – because it needs to be done – and you have some great alternatives to allowance – I can just see their happy faces, they must have a blast.
We love hotels too, I read somewhere that it’s because they are so uncluttered and it’s a good idea to keep that in mind when cleaning up – to go for that feel.
It sounds like you have a great handle on things, I’m so glad that you shared with us!!
- Thanks Tyrone! I try. That might be the most important thing. I’m not perfect but we seem to be doing ok :0)
- Thanks Lisa! I find that giving myself a time block to do certain tasks in works wonders to speed me up, otherwise I could be all day. So could they so when I say for 15 minutes, that means what could reasonably be expected to achieve in 15 minutes.
For instance they usually do the dishes. They prefer to plod along so often they will take 1/2 hour or even 45 minutes, it’s up to them really. They are 12 and 17 (just turned) so they can reasonably be expected to do them pretty much the same as I would, it would be different if they were in a younger age group.
I’m glad you brought that up, it hadn’t occurred to me that it isn’t always strictly 15 minutes. I have made them go and do more if they tell me they are finished but I am not seeing much in the line of progress :0)
I find that my 17 year old likes her ipod, that’s about as fun as it gets. My 12 year old likes me to do things with her, so just having me involved is more fun for her – she’s past the games stage too.
I think that a no nonsense approach is vital. The ground rules can be a group effort but once the structure is decided upon you have to stick to it. That said, I need some of your no nonsenseness – it is my sore spot and it can be a problem if I don’t stand my ground consistently and caving does encourage whining because they have to know you won’t budge, otherwise they’ll try. And keep trying…
It sounds like you have given your son a great foundation – and some great sports equipment!
- Hi Teagan, I have a niece named Tegan, nice name! Maybe I should have tried a stone tablet too :0)) I think that’s such a good point about keeping it visible.
We have a big white dry erase board at the bottom of our stairs, they each have a taped off section where anything they need to know goes and were we keep track etc. My daughter doesn’t like it though, I think it’s because when she has friends over they can see it – of course she thinks its dorky :0)
- It will probably be different with each child, I would say when they are old enough to follow your example they could start with small things.
An example might be when they are old enough to eat at the table and run off when they are finished you could get in the habit of making sure that they clear their dishes – put in the dishwasher or give them to you to rinse – or better – have a stool so that they can rinse if you put the cold water on etc – instead of letting them run off while you clear the table.
Or if you wash the dishes in the sink you can have them wait for you to wash it and they can dry and put away in their spot that they can reach to get them in the habit of doing the dishes after every meal. When they get a little older they can wash their dish and put it away.
Starting smaller right off when they are physically capable is probably a good time of course being sure that it is safe (use a stool instead of a chair for them to stand on, don’t let them run the water without supervision etc)
At that age they will like to do things with you – you’ll have that going for you! Especially if you keep it pleasant with lots of praise and smiles.
A lot of it is a judgment call and I certainly wasn’t perfect, just so you know :0)
Probably best advice – go with your gut!
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The best way that I have found to build self discipline is to start small and work up. It becomes easier and easier as it becomes a habit but it is a large step to get started, so chunking it down helps.
Often we make a ‘mountain out of a mole hill’ in our mind and that keeps us from even starting.
Just choose one thing to start with – you can make it your daily shower – that is something that will make you feel better as well. Add to that.
I have found that spending a little time on myself every day has completely changed my outlook, my energy and my self esteem.
If you can, make an appointment with the hairdresser to get your hair done (you could make that your one week reward) – what ever it needs (mine is quite grey and was making me look and feel dragged out so I got highlights – best thing I’ve done for awhile!) and I got a more stylish cut too. Love it and I feel so much better.
The small things really do add up.
I’m glad that you asked, I will look at that question closer.
Stay in touch, let us know how you do.
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Absolutely Fee!! Sometimes the first step is the only one missing. The rest just fall into place after that. It’s one of the reasons that I like my BOOST circuit sheet, it keeps me from having to do much in the way of planning, at least in the area of the basic housework chores, I can just jump right in without thinking – which works very well for me some days :0))
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That is so true!! It’s been a big part of my strategy this year – taking small steps and pushing myself and growing a little at a time rather than thinking I should ‘be there’ in one gigantic step. It’s working better than I ever thought possible!!
The job is a good example. It’s at the valumart in town. Saying it sounds so small, but the truth is that it’s a big step out for me after being home so many years and having other things on my plate -but it’s doable – more so now than ever since I have been taking ‘baby steps’ already – at one time even that was more than I would have been able to think of doing. It’s a logical progression exactly as you said – one step at a time! The trick is to keep going :0)
Hi Melanie!! I’m glad that you let me know. I will email you so that we can see if we can get you in here!!
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Hi Fee, great to know!! I’m glad to hear that you have been doing well despite being very busy. If you need anything just let me know! I am going to go work on my bedroom, it’s going to be like a new room soon!
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