This summer is going to be like no other summer my kids have ever had. No, I’m not talking about how they’re going to a new, full-day camp, and other fun trips we have planned this summer. I’m talking about how me and my husband plan to launch Operation Increased Responsibilities.
What is this you ask?
Now that the kids are older, it’s time to teach, show, mandate that they do a little more than what they’re currently doing. We’re not in the business of raising lazy kids and neither should any parent. While it’s a hassle to ask the kids to do anything at anytime, I have to get past the annoying whining. It’s for their own good. They may not like it now, but I’m sure they’ll remember this years later and appreciate the horror of doing chores.
What Do They Do Now?
Little to nothing, if you ask me. But really, the youngest empties the trash cans in the house and dumps them into the kitchen trash can. He also dumps all used washcloths from a metal bin in the bathroom, to the dirty clothes basket in our bedroom. He’s come along way too. At one time, he used to leave a trail of paper trash behind him and he would leave the trash can in random places. It was like he would forget to finish the task. As for the wash cloths, It took him a while to understand they I needed them dumped in our laundry basket so I could see when we were getting low.
There have been many times when I was left with no washcloth to shower with and had to use a hand towel.
Our daughter was given the task of taking emptying the recycling can which would often overflow until we reminded her repeatedly to empty it. Oh, it was a pain for her to put her shoes back on to go outside to separate the trash AFTER she walked right by the full can.
Both kids are responsible for keeping their rooms clean which never gets done without being asked. OMG, this is sooooo draining. But they do it. The beds they make would never pass the quarter test seen in military films. They also help fill and empty the dishwasher. My oldest who is as tall as I am, usually puts them away since she can reach the higher shelves while my son usually handles the kid’s dishes and silverware. They both fill the dishwasher when I ask.
Not once have they done it on their own. Not even on Mother’s or Father’s Day. Boy, would that be nice if they did.
So what’s the plan you ask?
Both my husband I feel that they are both capable of doing so much more. It bothers me to walk into a room and find them lounging on our furniture as if we’re their servants. Sure, when they were infants but now that they are much more capable of doing things, it’s on like Donkey Kong.
This summer the kids will be doing the following:
- Cleaning all glass surfaces with Windex (I did it as a kid and so can they)
- Dusting all surfaces
- Loading/unloading the dishwasher daily
- Straightening the pillows on each sofa
- Picking up any items on the family room floor (that they have taken over)
- Cleaning the bathroom sink with Clorox Wipes each day
- Washing/folding laundry (my daughter only)
- Putting away their laundry (both)
Will they be asked to do this daily? Probably not, but just like they were put on a schedule as a baby and toddler, they will be required to complete certain tasks each day on a specific day establishing a routine. I may even create a DIY chore chart with velcro, tasks, and a cute board too. May….
Do your kids do chores? If so, how old are they and what do they do?