This morning I walked in the door from my morning jog at exactly 6:03 am, and found my two daughters dressed (one even showered?), and both girls' beds all made up. Then my 11-year-old looked at her sister and said “next we need to do the trash.”
I wasn't quite sure what had spurred such early morning enthusiasm until I saw Caroline with her cute list (above) and a pen. She found the list online yesterday and created the chore chart for she and her sister (she was smart enough not to make one for her big brother – I'm pretty sure he would have thrown her list out the window . . . quite possibly along with her.) 😉 Apparently today she was ready to get started.
Yup, I'm patting myself on the back because somewhere along the way I must have done something right as a momma to inspire such awesomeness, right? 😉
The truth is though, I'm horrible about keeping up a list of chores for my kids. I do expect them to unload the dishes (Jackson unloads the top drawer, Caroline unloads the bottom drawer, and Reagan does the silverware), and while I would love to say they make their beds daily, most days it just doesn't happen. They do help with putting away laundry (some), setting and clearing dishes from the tables, and any other extra jobs that I ask them to do, but we really don't have a fantastic chore routine set in place.
So, I'm curious – do you have a great routine that works for your family? I'm hoping Caroline will continue as drill sergeant for a few more days at our house, but know in all reality that might not happen. With summer coming, I'd like to have at least a small schedule in place, so I'd love to hear any tips on this one!
And, I would love to know if you pay your children an allowance as well. We do (kind of) still do a “quarter jar allowance” for our kids, but I've even gotten bad about that. Please help me out on this one by sharing your tips with me!
And just in case Caroline's organization inspired you too, here are a few free printable chore charts that may help you out:
- Free printable chore chart for boys and girls at Tiffany Collins by Design
- Free printable chore chart at Confessions of a Recovering Chocaholic
- Free printable chore chart at Leah Remillet
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