As a mom one of our jobs is to help our children learn. So I want to encourage you if you have not helped your children learn how to help around the home- start with something.
YES It can be intimidating. If you are like me- you will be like, but if I let them help they won't do it right and I will just end up doing it for them, or after them. YEP- THIS IS ME!!! Completely waaayyyyy over the top :) BUT I know that my mom taught me something far more valuable by having us help around the home. Did this drive my mom nuts- OH YEAH!!! But, when we went to college we all knew how to do laundry, take care of our clothes, things, clean up after ourselves, and yes do it well.
MON TUES WED THURS FRI SAT Responsibilities
Abigail Joshua Andrew Feed Pets
and and Jonathan Take Teddy out
Elizabeth Sarah Matthew Pick up toys at end of day
Andrew Abigail Joshua Empty Dishwasher
Jonathan and and Help With Meals
Matthew Elizabeth Sarah Set Up Table
Joshua Andrew Abigail Clear Table, Wipe table down
and Jonathan and Fill Dishwasher
Sarah Matthew Elizabeth Help with Laundry
Everyone- Morning Everyone- Evening
Get dressed Get into pj’s
Make Bed/Clean Bed Brush Teeth
Do Chores Do Chores
Brush teeth after Breakfast Put away clothes
Get book- be quiet in bed
The above is our general responsibility chart. I have put our kids in pairs mainly because we have a few or more- he he he he..... I also think that having them work together is more fun. They are paired with an older child and younger child. This DID NOT happen overnight. It started for us...as just a rotation of who picks up toys. In the beginning when we started I would help them pick up toys. I showed them where things went. We reviewed this over and over. Then as they grew up....I added a thing or two here or there. It was "hey Andrew can you help clear the table and bring stuff to the dishwasher." Eventually when they all started getting to be 6, 7, 8, etc. I decided they could handle more. That is how the above chart was started.
I have added to it since then. Added more children :) & more responsibilities. In our home these are part of being in our family. Our children do the responsibilities because they get to eat, sleep, play, and have fun here in our home, but I can not do this by myself :) They do get an allowance, but it really isn't connected to doing responsibilities. (*future post on discipline in the Wright home).
When do they start? At 2 years old. Do they carry big plates at 2- NO WAY! But they can help pick up something as far as toys. Like something specific- today Jonathan you will pick up all the little cars and put them in this box. That would be his only job. Maybe at lunch he would bring over the plastic cups we drink out of. For pets he would "help" get the snack for the dog, etc. As he gets older and can handle more the other 2 boys will let him do more.
clean mirror doors
sweep front porch
vacuum toy room
sweep laundry room
clean tan couches
clean entry hall mirror
sweep back porch
vacuum homeschool room
clean black couches
clean eating table
clean brown table
clean changing table
clean counters & sink
vacuum mommy & daddy’s room
vacuum rug- that the cedar chest is on
I would LOVE to hear comments & questions on the above or on our homeschool schedule. I have already received some and plan on doing future posts. AGAIN- this is an ENCOURAGEMENT!!!! You DO NOT have to be me- PLEASE DON'T and DON'T in any way think I am supermom......sooo faarrrrr from the truth. I just want to help you think about it....ask questions....and to most of all ENCOURAGE YOU in your parenting!!!!!!