Rebecca asked to see our current chore list, so here it is for your viewing pleasure. Not interested in the specifics? You can read a more general post about training children to do chores, look at cute pictures completely unrelated to chores or learn 25 Random Things About Me. Whatever, just move along there is nothing else of interest for you here.
All right. We have 3 separate chore assignments during the day: Before Breakfast Chores, Regular Chores and Table Chores. Before breakfast chores happen before breakfast, duh. Regular chores are done immediately after breakfast and table chores after dinner each evening.
Before breakfast chores:
Scheduled for 30 minutes each morning. During that time each child makes their bed, cleans their room, gets dressed, brushes teeth and hair and then:
Amber (12) empties the top rack of the dishwasher and helps make breakfast
Kaitlin (11) makes breakfast
Matthew (9) cares for the animals and then helps Savannah set the table (if necessary).
Alyssa (8) vacuums the family room rug
Carter (7) empties the bottom rack of the dishwasher
Sadie (5) empties the silverware
Savannah (4) empties the bathroom trash cans and sets the table
Colby (2) helps me dress Nicholas and start laundry
Nicholas (1) gives lots of kisses and snuggles
Amber – Plans and prepares all lunch and snack foods, makes bread, granola, granola bars, yogurt, buttermilk, etc. She also plans breakfasts, but Kaitlin is now in charge of preparing that. Amber has set up her own schedule as far as what to do on which day.
Kaitlin - Monday – Cleans the laundry and art closets and moves the furniture and sweeps in the family room.
Tuesday – Cleans and vacuums car
Wednesday – Cleans downstairs bathroom & vacuums stairs
Thursday – Cleans out fridge & wipes cabinet fronts
Friday – Helps mom sweep, vacuum and dust in bedrooms
Matthew – Cleans two upstairs bathrooms. Everyday he wipes counters, sinks, faucets, tubs, toilets, shakes mats, and sweeps floors. Once a week he mops each floor, scrubs each tub, cleans out under the sinks and cleans the mirrors.
Alyssa – Cleans family room, tidies, dusts, and sweeps.
Carter – Cleans the kitchen after breakfast.
Sadie – Cleans the dining room, clears and wipes the table and then tidies, dusts and sweeps.
Savannah – Cleans the living room, tidies, dusts and sweeps.
Colby - Helps me with my chores and picks up toys.
Nicholas is a bum and can usually be found in the Ergo during chore time.
When a child is done with their assignment they help whomever still needs help and all work together until the job is finished (10-15 minutes).
Amber – puts away food and clears and wipes two counters
Kaitlin – loads silverware and plates into the dishwasher, vacuums and sweeps the dining room floor
Matthew – cleans stove and one counter, sweeps kitchen floor
Alyssa – hand washes dishes and cleans the sink
Carter – clears and wipes one counter, cleans cabinet fronts and empties trash
Sadie – clears and wipes the table and moves chairs for vacuuming and sweeping
Savannah – clears table and cleans the chairs, high chair and tray
Colby -gathers our napkins and puts them in to the laundry
Nicholas - eats whatever he can find on the floor and recently discovered that the pickings are even better if he heads straight for the dishwasher where he can lick the plates and forks.(Eeeew!)
Questions? Please ask.
This post is linked to Blissfully Domestic.