Summer can be a fun time for vacations, beach trips, and swimming at the neighborhood pool. When school is out for the summer it is a great idea to get your children involved in the household chores during the down time at your kb home. Here are some tips on how to motivate your kids to pitch in around the house this summer:
Assign Daily Chores
Give each of your children a set of chores that must be done every day, no matter what else is going on. These set of chores must be done before screen time, playing with friends, or doing any other activity. Make these chores easy and automatic. Give them three or four chores that they will be in charge of each day. One child might be assigned to empty the dishwasher, clean their room, and sweep the floor. If these chores are truly done each and every day it will take them less than twenty or thirty minutes to complete them. It will give them a sense of accomplishment along with giving you a clean house.
Weekly Chores For The Win
Assign larger chores to be done each week for each child. These chores can be mixed up from time to time if that seems necessary. These chores will take longer because they require more attention, but they will not be as hard if they are done well each week. Assign each child 5 or 6 chores once a week and expect them to take over an hour to complete. First they should deep clean their room, by dusting and vacuuming. Cleaning the bathroom is important chore for each child to learn. The first time couple times they clean the bathroom take the time to teach them how to do it properly. The more time you spend helping the clean and teach them the better job they will do in the future. Then find a few more chores that will contribute to the home such as dusting, vacuuming, and weeding.
The key to having your children contribute to the household load is to be patient, and set boundaries so they understand that chores must be done before everything else. If you are consistent and show them how you want things to be done, it will allow your children to become independent and give them a sense of pride of doing a job well.