My children actually have quite a few chores (this mostly applies to the oldest two ages 9 and 6) . They make their beds every morning, pick up their rooms, empty the dishwasher. The oldest helps her 3 year old sister pick out clothes for the day and then does her own quiet devotion time. After breakfast, the oldest two, often accompanied by the 3 year old (soon to be 4), let the chickens out and make sure they have food and water. When it is time to clean the coop, they do it together. I take the wheel barrel to the dump spot because they can't physically manage that without dumping it along the way.
2 mornings a week, my oldest makes breakfast. Scrambled eggs and sausage. The 6 year old is learning how to help make eggs...still working on cracking an egg without the shells getting in. At dinner time, they rotate who pours the drinks for everyone and who sets the table. They all (even the almost 2 year old) bring their dirty dishes to the sink and scrape anything that needs to be scraped. She will often ask if she can make sandwiches for everyone for lunch.
My 9 year old cleans the kids bathroom 1x a week, including scrubbing the toilet and washing the mirror (I do it 1x a week too). She is in charge of keeping the living room clean (putting away excess toys, papers, movies, arranging pillows, vacuuming etc.). And she helps fold laundry (she can't reach into the bottom of the washer in order to switch over the laundry...not sure I will be able to once the new washer comes!) My 6 year old is in charge of keeping the mudroom picked up, helps fold laundry as well). The 3 year old tags along with either of them or with me.
They often help me can or bake. They husk the corn whenever we have corn on the cob. They help me with both the veggie and flower gardens. Help me can. My oldest often asks if she can put her little sister to bed and read her the goodnight stories.
However, their standard of clean is not MY standard of clean. I find myself having to re-clean things they already clean. And they are children, so when I am doing "spring cleaning" or organizing my pantry or some such thing and they are stuck in the house since it is just TOO hot to play outside, they have turned the dinning room table into a covered wagon and the chairs into their horses pulling it. They will have all the "stuff" that goes along with their game. Do they get sidetracked and forget to pick it up without being told sometimes...absolutely!
I don't except foolishness, but I do expect childishness.
See, now that's what I'm talking about!
Rock on with your parenting train!
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