For the first time in six years, I am not shopping in the baby clothes section anymore. Claire is well out of 18-24 month clothes, and Harper has grown out of toddler sizes all together! It’s been a sort of depressing milestone, for someone who has a slight obsession with baby clothes, but then, something magical happened. MY KIDS STARTED DOING THE LAUNDRY. And they think it is the best thing in the entire world.
So today we are talking about something probably as controversial as politics & breastfeeding, and that is the super exciting topic of chores or responsibilities for kids. What do your kids do? Do they help out around the house, do you give them allowance or stickers, or do you just let them be kids? Growing up, I had a solid list of chores, which included doing dishes for a family of seven every single night after dinner, and my parents were proud to offer me an allowance of… a roof over my head & food on my plate. 😉 Love you, mom & dad. Our kids beg to help with everything & after seeing their crazy excitement with their star charts in preschool last year, we decided to implement something similar as Summer comes to an end. So the girls responsibilities look a little something like this:
On Sundays, we do laundry. The girls pull clothes from the dryer, bring them to the dining room table (usually Eloise & Harper pull Claire in the actual laundry basket along with the clothes, but still), they sort them by who they belong to, Harper folds all of the girls clothes & Eloise puts all of the dresses on hangers. They are seriously good at it too, it honestly took only a few times of us showing them and they are so proud of their work!! Then we come help tell them what goes where, the two of them take small individual piles of clothes upstairs and put them in the correct drawers, and Harper hangs everything in her closet. Claire is in charge of putting towels in the linen closet & kitchen drawers, and putting the basket back in the laundry room when everything is done. They declare laundry as the best job ever, and I am going to ride this train for as long as humanly possible.
On Thursdays, we clean the playroom. Our rule is that all of the toys have to go back to the playroom or their bedrooms at the end of every night, no toys left in the living room or kitchen, etc. but we only clean the playroom once a week. We make it fun by putting them each in charge of one thing, Claire finds all of the play food for the kitchen, Harper finds all of the puzzle pieces & folds blankets, and Eloise puts all nine hundred baby dolls/clothes/accessories back into baskets. It’s easier to give them each their own task so they know where to focus. We put on a 15 minute playlist and tell them when the songs end, we don’t have to clean anymore, this helps to motivate them and give them a stopping point. Plus makes it way more fun! 😉
Everyday tasks include the girls helping to unload the dishwasher (they’re super obsessed with this too, every time they hear me open it they run in and ask if they can put stuff away), I just take all of the glass & sharp stuff out first. Harper brings over all of the plates from the table after dinner, Eloise uses the small handheld vacuum to help me clean up the floor mess (which usually also includes four hundred shreds of paper from before dinner) and Claire is in charge of bringing everyone’s milks to them before bed.
We got a notebook & some star stickers and plan to put together something little to help them keep track of things to earn their stars, which will earn them little trips to the treasure box they built over the summer in the garage. Will keep you updated on how it goes! 😉 So I would love to hear how you guys tackle responsibility with your little ones, or better yet, what did you do when you were little?!308