Have kids? Think you need a maid? Think again! Put their boundless energy to work! Chores are a great way to teach kids about responsibility, and help build self-esteem. Here's a list of some suggested chores to keep the kiddos busy.
- Make the bed -- Younger kids can help strip the bed, fluff pillows, and get fresh sheets from the linen closet.
- Fold socks and/or towels -- This is a great way to introduce kids to folding their own laundry.
- Sweep the floor -- This is one of Emily's favorite chores.
- Wash windows -- Another favorite. A soapy sponge and a towel works well.
- Pick up toys -- Emily started doing this from the time she could walk, and now I am so grateful that she knows her toys are her responsibility. If possible, make this a habit from an early age.
- Weeding/Watering Flower Beds -- Emily has kid-sized gardening gloves and small gardening tools to make this job a little more fun. She also loves picking up twigs, and raking leaves with a kid-sized rake. Teach your kids how to water the flowers, and you will be teaching them about science and nature too.
- Dusting -- I get the high spots, and Emily gets the low spots. She loves using the feather duster!
- Clean the car -- The car is frequently over-looked, but it is really an extension of your home. Kids can pick up toys, wash windows, and help give the car a good washing.
- Set the Table -- I usually take out a stack of plates, and hand them to Emily to set the table for us. She can get the silverware herself, and Mark gets the glasses and drinks.
- Clearing the Table -- Teach the kids how to scrape their plates, and place them by the sink or in the dishwasher. This can be a big time-saver.
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