To keep us organized and our team working together, we have plenty of charts around the house for different things. We have school charts to keep us on task during our homeschool days, and we have chore charts to make sure everyone is pitching in around the house. This is all our home, so it’s up to all of us to care of it. It’s not just mom or dad’s job, but the kids are part of the team too. Sure, Ben and I might be the team co-captains, but the girls are all old enough to contribute. Of course, they each have different ways to help because the expectations we have are based on their ages and ability, but our 5 year old is certainly capable of helping out. The baby can’t escape learning how to contribute too.
Some of you have asked about our old chore and routine charts, so we’re sharing with you an updated version of our chore poster and our chore checklist. These chores are part of their responsibilities at home. They have other jobs they can do at home to earn money too, but we don’t pay them for doing their regular chores. The girls know the faster they get things done, the more time they have for playing. Typically, Saturdays are for finishing up all the weekly chores, so they know to be efficient with their time, and stay focused, so they can have the rest of the day for play (or watching movies).
Laundry can pile up rather quickly in our home, but we master the laundry, and we don’t let it master us. These last couple years, laundry hasn’t been as intimidating because we all chip in to get it done. The girls can sort the dirty clothes, I put the laundry in the machine and put in the detergent, and they’re the ones who sort, fold, and put things away (Ben and I put away our own clothes). It’s a great system and I love that we all work together!
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