From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good, and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him. Proverbs 12:14
By: Gretchen Speer
In my Summer Schedule post a couple weeks ago, I mentioned that I see summer as an opportunity for teaching my kids new chores. During the school year we are really busy, so I don’t usually add much to what they are already familiar with. However, when long summer day days are stretched before us it seems only fitting to use some of that time to teach my kids a new skill or two. What I’ve been doing this year is keeping a lot of the same chores, but having them do more with it.
For my original Summer Schedule post click here.
For my quick and easy chore chart/menu planner tutorial click here.
For example, my oldest has been doing a bathroom chore for a few years now. Before, I asked him to wipe everything down with a bleach wipe, change the trash if needed and make sure the toilet was flushed. Now I am teaching him how to deep clean the shower area, and am also having him wipe down the toilet area. His future wife will thank me for that one!
For cleaning the shower area, I filled this scrubber with equal parts vinegar and dawn dish detergent. I got the idea off of Pinterest. I’m leaving them in all the showers so that when we are showering we can take a quick minute to scrub everything down and rinse it off while we are already in there. I wouldn’t do this with normal bathroom cleaners, but this mix is safe to breathe in.
My older DD is desperate to wash the dishes. I’m not really sure why, but I will take the enthusiasm! I’m going to start showing her how to rinse things off to go in the dishwasher. She is only seven, so we will see how it goes.
Here are the summer chore charts:
Like all of their chore charts, there is equal parts chores and good habit-forming activities. My son’s morning list is pretty long because he gets up really early and gets bored. For more details on assigning age appropriate chores here is my original chore chart post.
I like that these are still simple, and all the tasks can be accomplished in a reasonable amount of time. This leaves us with plenty of time for FUN!
Have a great day Mammas!