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Ideas for Rotating Children's Chores

by Kathryn Hatter

When the whole family pitches in to keep the house running in tip-top condition, everyone can feel a sense of pride in the process. Helping maintain the home should involve everyone -- even the kids. Chores teach kids responsibility and instill a sense of belonging in the family. Keep the chore scene fresh and interesting by rotating the kids’ chores.

Keep it Fair

When you decide to rotate children’s chores, make sure the chores fit the kids. Taking out the trash probably isn’t a suitable chore for a 5-year-old and feeding the dog might be something too easy for a teenager. Rotate chores that suit the age and skill level of the kids to make sure the chore assignment is fair. A family with kids of multiple ages might separate “easy chores” and “hard chores” into different groups to assign to younger and older kids.

Rotating Chore Chart

Creating a chore chart that rotates on a weekly basis ensures that kids don’t get bored with chores. You might have a set of chores for each kid to do on week one, week two, week three and week four. This will give kids a variety of chores to learn and complete throughout the month without letting them fall into a rut from doing the same work day after day. You might post the new week’s chore chart on the refrigerator every Sunday so the kids can dig in to the new week’s chores.

Chore Cards

Write chores down on index cards and fill a box or jug with the cards. Have the kids pick at least one chore from the container every day as the chore they’re responsible for completing. Once the kids complete the chore, return the card to the container so it can be completed again next time. Make sure the chore cards are appropriate for the ages and skill levels of the children. If necessary, divide chores into separate containers for younger kids and older kids.

Rotate the Unpopular Chores

When no one wants to take out the trash or clean the toilets, spread out the joy amongst everyone in the family. Determine which chores are the unpopular ones and then take turns with these tasks. By divvying up the chores no one wants to do, you make sure no one feels unfairly stuck with the bad jobs and no one gets burnt out on trash or toilets.

About the Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.

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