It’s a fact of life: kids complain about being bored. They also complain about doing chores. They really complain when you tell them that one way to cure boredom is by doing chores. I’m of the mind that both things are good for kids: boredom and chores.
Boredom is important because it gives kids a chance to think and explore, and a reason to find ways to entertain themselves. Doing chores is important because it not only teaches necessary life-skills, but it helps kids understand that they’re part of a team responsible for keeping the house nice for the other team members, too. Also, it gives Mommy a much-needed break.
So I keep the following list taped to my fridge.
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Make (or help make) the bed.
Pick up toys, books and games.
Pick up dirty clothes and put in hamper.
Take dirty towels to hamper.
Feed the cats.
Shake out the Welcome Mat.
Shake out the car’s floor mats.
Straighten sofa pillows.
Stack magazines neatly.
Strip bed linens.
Empty the bathroom trash can.
Wipe smudges off of doors.
Set the table.
Straighten book shelves.
Dust mop the floor.
Wipe cupboard fronts.
Sort the recycling.
Water container plants.
Fold kitchen dish towels.
Wipe down bathroom sinks and faucets.
Clean their room.
Make Mommy’s martini
Okay, that last one I’m not willing to trust my 12-year-old with just yet, but the 21-year-old should be getting it down any day now!