Now that the triplets have turned 5 and Ava is 8 it is high time I
turn them into my child slaves give them some responsibilities around the house. Honestly, I could really use the help. Between endless loads of laundry to annoyingly small toys scattered throughout the house, some days I am ready to take the next flight to a land far far away.
Here is a list of chores that I find are appropriate for children 5 and up:
- Set the table
- Help fold laundry
- Put away all of their own clothes
- Feed animals
- Pick up their own toys and put them away
- Clear dirty dishes from the table
- Make beds
- Help carry groceries up and put them away
- Sweep and vacuum
- Wipe things down
- Make my coffee/pour my wine (too soon?)
If I’m being honest, one of my goals in life is to one day take a glass of wine and sit on my couch and read a book (or pass out) while my children clean the dinner dishes. I am a few years away from this, but when it happens I am going to celebrate in big ways.
Another dream of mine is that one of my four children will be very interested and talented in the art of food preparation and I will not have to make dinner every night. Perhaps this is why I dedicated my entire Sunday to cooking with Elsa in hopes that I can
brainwash foster a love of the culinary experience.
In all seriousness, I think it is so important for kids to learn that everything will NOT always be done for them. Meals don’t magically appear on the kitchen table each night; I plan, shop and prepare them and it is a lot of work. Dishes don’t wash themselves, somebody needs to clean them after every meal and it pretty much sucks.
If the kids finish a short list of responsibilities each day, they are rewarded with video game time or money to use toward new Lego sets. This makes them really excited to complete their chores. The chore/reward system also teaches kids that they cannot just have whatever new toy they want; toys cost money and they need to earn it.
Leave me a comment with your chore suggestions for young kids. Oh and I was just kidding about having my five-year olds pour my wine. I will wait a few years before I turn them into bartenders.
Until next time, the mothership is signing off.