I'm not one of those moms who assigns their kids chores for the day or even for certain days of the week. I like the idea, but I know that if I make a list and display it somewhere either something will come up and disrupt the plan or I'll forget to enforce the schedule/tasks. So when I need a chore done, I ask a child and expect them to do it. And, they usually do.
Whenever they give me the line, "But I didn't make this mess!" or "Those aren't my dirty socks!", quick as a wink they get the I-didn't-make-all-these-clothes-dirty-and-use-all-these-dishes-but-I'm-cleaning them-because-I'm-a-part-of-this-family speech, which almost always leads to eye rolling mid-way through the speech as they turn on their heels and start working for fear I'll give them the speech a second time. It works like a charm.
I often wonder what other parents are asking of their kids. Are there things that I could be getting my kids to do that I'm missing? So, I thought I thought it would be fun to do a chore swap. I'll fill you in on the chore requests that I ask of my kids. And then, you can do the same.
Sam (age 8): Carries heavy laundry baskets up and down stairs, takes compost to the chickens, helps Miriam use the potty, retrieves items from the garden, pours water at meal time and helps clear dirty dishes after meals, cleans up toys, straightens his room, puts his clean laundry away.
Sadie (age 5): Uses the dust buster under the table after meals. Sorts clean laundry into piles and delivers the piles to their proper rooms, puts her and Miriam's clean laundry away, sets the table, cleans up toys, puts clean silverware away, straightens her (and Miriam's) room (they share).
Miriam (age 2): Helps hang (clean) wet socks on drying rack, picks up toys, puts stray shoes in the shoe box, sometimes helps unload the dishwasher.
Now, to the part I've been waiting for. What do you ask your kids to do (please include their ages)? Is it more or less than what you were expected to do growing up?