"How I Help My Family..." is the title of our chore chart. Yes, some jobs are a chore, but it just seemed to start everything off on a negative note to say, "Chore Chart," when we talk about a happy heart all the time.
We divide the house into zones. Here are the current jobs:
AFTER MEALS: (We focus on the 15-30 minutes after meal time for chores, but the jobs the girls and I do sometimes requires initiative at other times to keep caught up.)
Rotation between Mom, Allison (11 yrs), and Ashlynn (9 yrs) (We do the zone for a week and begin the next week on Mon.)
A - Kitchen (This job means everything in the kitchen from dishes to counters to floor pick up.)
B - Bathrooms and sweeping (deep clean bathrooms on Monday)
C - Laundry (wash sheets on Friday)
Kevin (7 yrs) - Picking up the living room/ entry hall and game room, take out recycling and garbage
Kaiden (5 yrs)- Dining room and stairs
Everyone keeps their own room picked up.
SATURDAY MORNING :
Rotation between Mom, Allison (11yrs), and Ashlynn (9 yrs): (These letters match what week we are on above.)
A - Mop and pantry clean up
B - Clean downstairs windows and blinds
C - Clean shower and dusting
Kevin (7 yrs) - Clean kitchen cabinets and appliance surfaces, vacuum
Kaiden (5 yrs) - Clean both bath tubs, wipe down dirty walls
So, there you have it!
I have just recently added myself back to the chart. This has helped a TON as far as attitude within the ranks. Before now, though, it took all of my time training and keeping everyone on task that I would never get to my chore. So, I had to just be the trainer/manager for a good couple of years. Now, I am able to jump back in, and it has really improved my relationship with my girls.
Of course, this has been only going on a couple of months exactly like this. Dynamics change, abilities change, etc. so small revisions must be made.
I don't share this to say that this is the right way to do things. I share it to encourage you that your children are VERY capable of helping around the house!