One of the greatest gifts you can give your children is the skills to keep themselves and the areas around them tidy and clean. Your kids may not always want to jump in and help you around the house, but when they do help they learn to take pride in their home and value a neat and clean area to live in. They may not clean everything exactly like you would… but that is okay! Start young and allow your kids to learn the essentials of homemaking from an amazing momma like you!
1. Dishes Start with loading plastic cups into the dishwasher and work up to scrubbing pots and pans.
2. Laundry Young children can learn to fold wash clothes and match socks. Big kids can work through the whole process of sorting, starting the washer, and folding clothes. (Don’t forget putting away too!)
3. Make their beds When your bed is made, the whole room looks neater. Start with straitening the blankets and comforter. Eventually, let your kids change their sheets and be proud of a clean and neat bed to sleep in.
4. Vacuum This simple chore can be divided up by room to keep from being overwhelming.
5. Sort toys and other items into correct bins Teach your kids to put things back where they belong. Keep clearly marked containers for items that regularly get used in your home.
6. Clean mirrors and windows Little ones may leave some streaks behind when cleaning windows and mirrors, but the older ones can be challenged to walk away when there are no streaks left!
7. Sweep Sweeping dirt into a dust pan is a great motor skill to master. This increases eye-hand coordination.
8. Set the table Supervise the little ones as they help you set the table for mealtime. Teach the older ones where the forks and knives go and how to fold the napkins. Make dinner time special with a neatly set table.
9. Empty Trash Let the little ones take out the small trashcan trash, and send the big kids after the large kitchen trash to take outside.
10. Take care of family pets If you have a pet in your home, include your child in the care of that pet. Everything from making sure they are fed and have water to bathing and brushing, to walking them and picking up after them.
What other chores would you add to this list?