We've tried so many things to get the boys to help out around the house that I've lost track. I've fallen back to a chore chart...lovingly created in Excel. I love creating spreadsheets and charts in Excel, just ask any of my old co-workers. The most recent incarnation of this is:
I'm sure the kids will kick up a stink...they always do. I mean really! Outside of keeping their rooms clean (which they don't), putting their clean clothes away (which they don't), and making sure their dirty clothes are in the laundry -- in the correct pile -- (which they don't), they don't have that many chores.
Is it REALLY that hard?
Well, this calendar has:
- KP...Kitchen Patrol which mainly means that person needs to unload the dishwasher in the morning but can sometimes include wiping down the table or sweeping the floor.
- VAC...Vacuum Duty which simply means vacuuming either DOWNstairs or UPstairs.
- GAR...Garbage Duty which mainly means emptying all the trash inside the house into the can we take to the curb but can sometimes include getting the recycling ready or taking things to the curb.
I really don't think this is too much to ask of a 10 year old, a 7 year old, and a 5 year old. Do you?
The Zone stuff is mine for my Flylady schedule. I had it on my main calendar (in the den) but wasn't using it the way I needed to. So I added my chores to the Chore Calendar in the kitchen. Hopefully, this will help me with my chores, too.