How can I get my kids to pitch in?

Help!

Does it really gets on your nerves when you have spent time cleaning the house for the kids to come in from school, like a whirlwind, only to mess it up again!?

Is there anything we can do?

The answer is (luckily) a big fat YES!

Watch the video and then refer to the lists of age appropriate jobs below.

Good luck 😀

Remember every housekeeping skill you teach your kids will help them to become more independent and better able to cope when they eventually leave home.

(sob  –  OK let’s not think about that! Let’s pretend they are going to be babies forever!!) 

Here are some suggestions of some age appropriate jobs for the kids:

For kiddies under 10 

  • Make bed in the morning. If you can, try and position the bed in their room so that it is easy to make, i.e. not pressed tightly against a wall.
  • Tidy their toys after playing with them.
  • Help lay the table
  • Help clear the table
  • Put dirty clothes in the washing basket
  • Use a dustpan and brush to clear up crumbs off the floor after eating
  • Pair socks

10 – 16 years

All of the above plus:

  • Dusting
  • Hoovering
  • Make them responsible for the tidiness of their own bedroom – add regular inspections if you want 😀
  • Strip their bedsheets ready for washing
  • Prepare a simple meal like beans on toast or a sandwich
  • Weeding the flower beds

16 years +

All of the above plus:

  • Ironing
  • Changing their bed sheets
  • Empty and load dishwasher

Final word: Totally your call whether or not you want to incentivise them with pocket money/treats/screen time etc. 🙂 😉

  1. If you can next write about how to get Hungry Hubby to instinctively know what needs doing, and do it, I will worship at your feet forever lol! 🙂

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