5 DIY Chore Charts for Kids

Every year I feel the need to re-assess the current chore assignments, or the chore charts, in our home. With five kids, if done correctly, our family could have a tidy home on a daily basis.  Of course, I keep all of our chores age appropriate. My twelve-year-old does things like cleaning the bathrooms and starting laundry, where as my seven-year-old works on his bedroom or sweeping off the back porch. I also don't want to overwhelm them. Each child has 1-2 chores per day.In the last couple of weeks, I've been on the lookout for a chore chart that would be both easy to follow AND fun for the kids. I've come across a few that I think are both practical and fun. I think you'll agree./1/ Family Photo Magnetic Chore Chart - Create magnet tags with chores and place them on or near the … [Read more...]

Chores at Any Age – A Guide for Parents

Giving your children responsibility around the house will teach them important life skills and help them grow up to be responsible adults.  As soon as a child is able to follow a simple command, he can start helping with household chores.Though the younger ones may not really be doing anything too helpful, involving your children in the household duties at a young age will develop great habits. Here's a guide for parents to help know what kids can do at which ages.Chores Toddlers Can DoPick up their own toys Help put away laundry Help you dust or wipe down a cabinet*Chores Preschoolers Can DoHelp set the table Help you water the lawn or garden Make their bedChores That Grade-Schoolers Can Dovacuum feed the family pet fold laundry*A … [Read more...]

Spring Cleaning Children’s Rooms – Checklists and Chore Charts

Spring can be a magical time. A time to open up the windows and let the fresh breeze sweep through the house taking with it cobwebs and dust bunnies and the stale aroma of winter.A time to fluff our aprons and twirl our brooms and sing joyfully as our home suddenly begins to sparkle and come alive like flowers bursting forth into this new season.Okay, maybe not, but a girl can dream.The thought of spring cleaning may not evoke sudden feelings of glee or excitement but it doesn’t have to be completely dreadful either. With a little creativity and effort (and a lot of grace), you may find that making your home sparkle and come alive can be more than just a fairytale. Avoid Stress Make it teamwork. Be brave and allow your child to be part of the process. Keep it … [Read more...]