Saturday, June 25, 2011
I would love to get my 4 kids (aged 14, 11, 9, and 7) to contribute to keeping the house clean, without nagging. I am contemplating an idea that might work without too much complaining and grumbling. I would tell my kids that they can pick a chore, any chore, and write it down on the dry erase chore chart. Then they do it. I would check the items on the chore chart to see if they are done and award points based on whether it was done, and how well. Once a week, if everyone has done one chore for 5 out of the 7 days, I would reward with a cheap but fun reward like going to the community pool with 2 diving boards and bringing some fun food. If we can keep it up for a month, I would reward with something like going to the movies.
I am overwhelmed with the work of keeping up the house in the summer months with kids at home!