Today I bring a guest post to you from Kathleen Crane. Kathleen has some great ideas on how to split chores among your kids. Chores can be a pain for everyone! I don’t know about you, but I’ll take any great ideas on how to help my kids enjoy it more!
How to Split Chores Among Your Kids
Getting kids to handle household chores can be a challenge. Let’s admit it, cleaning is not the most fun thing to do. If you think about it, you don’t like it either, but you do it because if you don’t, your home will be a tremendous pigsty. But your children are still very young to understand that. Yet, it’s recommended that they pitch in with the chores every so often. Down below, you will find out how you can split the chores among your kids fairly. Let’s get to it.
How to divide the chores
One way you can divide the chores is by flipping a coin to see who gets what. The one who wins has the chance to choose what they want to do. After that the next person will have to pick a chore. And so and so forth until all the cleaning jobs that need doing have been selected.
Another way to divide the chores is to let everyone choose the ones they enjoy doing. There are things that we don’t mind doing, so the best way to go is to start with these. When all the pleasant cleaning jobs have been picked, it’s time to divide the less appealing chores. Everyone will get a few tasks that they don’t enjoy that much. It’s important to create the feeling that everyone is getting their fair share of housekeeping and no one will be left out.
The third method is to divide the chores by age. Scroll down at the end of this post to find out more about that.
Stick with a rotating chore checklist
Rather than making your kids do one and the same chore every time, which can be quite boring, be sure to rotate the cleaning tasks so that everyone can take on different cleaning jobs every week This will make it easier to split chores among your kids. For example, put someone in charge of the dishwashing this week but make sure to assign a different task to them the next week.
Place a cleaning chart in a visible spot within your home where your kids will be reminded of the pending tasks. Put the assignments in everyone’s room, in the bathroom, or on the fridge. Make sure the notes, checklist or chart is easy to understand. Make it clear as to who is responsible for what and ensure that all tasks get done in a timely manner. If a job doesn’t get done, someone will have to take personal responsibility for it. If your kids can’t read, draw pictures explaining what they need to do.
Here is an example of what kids could do based on their age:
2-3 Years Old
- Fold towels
- Help set and clear table
- Put away toys
- Clean dust
- Throw away stuff
4-5 Years Old
- Set table
- Clear table
- Sweep the floors
- Straighten pillows
- Put away toys
- Fold towels
- Put clothes in the hamper
6-7 Years Old
- Wash some dishes
- Set and clear table
- Put clothes in the washing machine
- Unload dishwasher (at least some of the dishes)
- Sweep floors
- Wipe down mirrors
8-10 Years Old
- Mop the floors
- Empty trash bins
- Put away and organize toys
- Wash the dishes
- All previous cleaning tasks
- Clean bathroom
- Iron garments
- Mow yard
- Tidy their room
- Tidy the basement
- Clean the kitchen
This chart can help you figure out how to divide the chores among your children.
You need to understand that different methods will work in different households. Make sure to figure out which one works best for yours and stick with it. The sooner you teach your children the value of good work, the better. Having them pitch in with housework is one way you can do that. Good luck!
The article is contributed by Kathleen Crane who runs SW19 CarpetCleaning.
Thank you for the great tips Kathleen, on how to split chores among your kids! Hopefully implementing these will make the chores at your house go a little smoother!