Through Pinterest I have found many charts for age appropriate chores for children. I looked at my favorites and put together something that works best for us. My schedule is written on a piece of paper (how boring!) that will hang on the refrigerator so I see it multiple times a day.
The chores are simple. Make the beds. Pick up the dirty clothes. Pick up the toys. Zoe has a little more work like putting the silverware away, helping feed the animals, and cleaning her own room since she is the oldest.
Every day I hear the same excuses.
I have to go to the bathroom!
My finger hurts really bad.
I just need to dance to this song real quick...
Will you read me a story?
Practice makes perfect. Even though it takes a whole hour for the kids to make their beds and pick up the laundry, one day it will take them 45 minutes. Half an hour. 15 minutes.
For more experienced moms, how did you encourage your toddlers to do their chores? Is there anything that makes the job a little more fun? I would love to hear some feedback!
When the kids and I came home from church last night, she asked me what I was going to do once everyone went to bed. I casually said I would probably fold the clothes on the couch. She said, "If I was a mommy and I had to fold clothes at night, I would be so bored I would just fall asleep!" I laughed so hard because that has happened! Please tell me I'm not the only one who has done that!
Being a mom is so much fun!