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It is no secret that kids and their busy schedules bring on a whole new level of chaos in the house. In our next post, we are going to help you get back into the school mode with some daily routine suggestions. For today, we will just touch on it by giving some ideas on how the kids can help themselves.
We all know that by adding school on top of other sports and activities, and that never ending chore “to do” list, keeping some sort of routine and organization in a household can be extremely stressful. It’s typical for parents to often endure the brunt of daily chores, but there’s no reason you can’t throw in at least a few for the kiddos, right?
It is likely that they won’t be quite as excited about the idea as you, so make it fun and enticing if you feel the need. Have them earn a sticker for each chore and collect them on a chart. Once they get so many stickers, they can earn a small prize (ice cream, trip to the toy store, etc.). As they get older, stickers may not work as well. You can start giving them an allowance, but maybe make them put half of it in a piggy bank. Here we break down some of those simple chore suggestions, by age!
Pick up toys and put in toy box/designated places - If you have different toys with lots of little pieces, sometimes it helps to have a picture on the appropriate box. Then all they have to do is match!
Stack books on bookshelf
Make sure dirty clothes get into the basket or hamper
Throw their own trash away
Put plates, cups, and utensils in the sink after meal times
Help put clothes in the washer and then transfer from washer to dryer, when time
Help set the table
Get their diapers, pull-ups, wipes, and shoes (if they are in a safe place)
Give them a feather duster or a damp cloth and have dust the baseboards
Have a bin or basket specifically for their shoes
Help fold washcloths and small towels
Help Swiffer or use a simple mop
Wipe up spills
Put away toys in proper places
Make their own bed
Sort silverware (if you feel it is safe)
Make/get their own simple snacks
Make their own lunches
Put baskets in the fridge and label them with numbers. The numbers stand for how many items from that basket that they are allowed to have for that meal or that they need to include in their lunch box.
Use a handheld vacuum
Clear the breakfast or dinner table
Dry and put away dishes (if safe)
Give them a cloth with soap or safe cleaning product and let them disinfect doorknobs
Get the mail
Make sandwiches (if they need to spread something such as Peanut Butter or Mayo, have them use the back of a spoon)
Gather trash and take it outside
Dust mop floors
Peel potatoes and carrots
Help with cooking basics
Sort and wash laundry
Hang and fold clothes out of the dryer
Give them a list of items to find at the grocery store