With school starting in just two weeks, I’ve been slowly changing our daily rhythm to get back into more of a “routine”. This summer ended up being a busy one; we spent a lot of time away from home and our days became a bit unbalanced. It’s been fun, but I’m looking forward to slowing down a bit and getting back into a good rhythm. One thing I’ve been trying to work into our day is more responsibility for my 5 year old. She has always enjoyed working alongside me and helping around the house, but lately she has been more distracted and getting her to help out has become harder. I don’t enjoy nagging her but I also don’t enjoy cleaning everything up at the end of the day! So, I’ve been making a point to include her in my routines such as cooking with me and then setting the table while I finish up, helping to fold laundry, wiping down counters, etc. I’ve also started giving her some of her own things to do such as feeding her fish, putting her clothes in the hamper and putting away her toys at the end of the day. Of course, I am usually there with her to remind and help but she really seems to enjoy the responsibility.
I thought it might be good to have a “chore chart” or something similar that we can look at together every day as a reminder of her responsibilities. Rather than create a rewards system, I want this to become part of her daily rhythm and for her to understand that everyone in the household has responsibilities. So, I did a little research and came across this great homemade Forest Chore Chart from The Crafty Crow and plan on making this with her to help track her chores. Not only is it cute but I think she will enjoy “growing” the forest every day.
I also love the idea of a family circle time or “pow wow” to divide up what each family member does for the week. We do something similar at the beginning of the week where we go over my daughter’s chores, but I really like the idea of including the whole family in this process.
If you need some ideas, The Parenting Passageway has a great list of age appropriate chores for children up to age 18.
How does your family handle chores? Leave a comment below
Michelle has spent the last 5 years nurturing and raising her daughter in the Metro Atlanta area. After enrolling her in a Waldorf Morning Garden program, her interest in the Waldorf method unfolded naturally. As Client Services Manager for The Waldorf Connection, she provides the support for projects that parallel her own personal parenting values.