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It’s one of the most dreaded words in our home. It’s worse than “homework,” “bedtime,” “dentist,” or even “broccoli!” What word is it? It’s C-H-O-R-E-S.
It wasn’t always this way. When my kidlets were toddlers they were always very eager and happy to help mom or dad out. Upon completion they would beam proudly and openly brag that they were “helpful.” As they’ve gotten older though, that enthusiasm has morphed into sulky and whiny replies whenever they are asked to do something.
But teaching kids to do chores is important. Just like their father and I, each of my kidlets need to contribute in order to help run and keep up this household. Yeah, sure, it’s great for mom and dad to have some extra hands helping out around the house, but it’s also a valuable learning lesson for kids. Kids doing chores teaches them about responsibility, teamwork and helps to build their self-esteem.
If mom doesn’t do the food shopping, the family doesn’t have any food to eat. If dad doesn’t change the burned out light bulb, we won’t be able to see when it gets dark. If the kidlets don’t put their dirty laundry in the hamper, they won’t have any clean clothes to wear.
We’re trying to teach them about personal responsibility and how they feel when they work together to meet a goal. They’re also learning that if they don’t do their chores there are direct consequences, and not only for them but possibly the whole family. The kidlets have quickly learned that when they help out it means we get tasks done sooner and then have the time to do something fun together as a family.
Our kidlet’s chores are based on their age and maturity level. They each have a chart in their room that lists their chores. Every night before bed we review the chart and place a smiley face next to each accomplished task. Now, you don’t have to get a fancy magnetic board like the one we have above. We used to use paper charts that I found for free on the internet. I got tired of printing out papers every week, so I got the boards instead.
My kidlets are elementary school aged– so their chores include making their beds, helping with laundry (either sorting or folding), putting away toys, taking out the recycling, feeding the dog and setting the table. The kidlets have discovered if they team up and do them together, they get done faster!
Lately their favorite chore has been putting the dirty dishes in the dishwasher and setting it to run. To be honest, I’m not really sure why that is. Maybe it’s because they get to touch and operate a major appliance. Or maybe they’re like me and think of it as our own personal “magic machine” – grimy, sticky dirty dishes go in and in no time at all bright, sparkling and shiny clean ones come out!
Now our dishwasher doesn’t do it’s magic alone. Just like my kidlets doing their chores, it takes some teamwork to get the dishes clean and it’s partner is Finish® All In 1 Powerball® dishwasher detergent.
Don’t let their size fool you, there is a lot of cleaning power packed into these little tabs. The red Powerball in the middle scrubs away those tough food residues like caked on lasagna or oatmeal. The rest of the tab combines powerful cleaners to remove tough stains like ketchup and coffee along with Jet-Dry® rinse aid to eliminate spots on glasses and film on dishes.
My kidlets take turns setting the dishwasher to run. Under parental supervision, they take one Finish All in 1 Powerball tab and remove it from its wrapper. They put the tablet into our dishwasher’s detergent dispenser, push a few buttons as to what kind of wash cycle and water temperature we want and close the door. In less than two minutes, my kidlets have completed another task and we can put another smiley face on their chore chart.
My next chore to teach the kidlets? Unloading the dishwasher!
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Now it’s your turn to share. What chores do your children do? What’s their favorite one to do?
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