It's every family's dream — chores completed both efficiently and effectively. And while our family hasn't achieved that dream yet, we have found a method for organizing chores.
It's a simple system of four chore stations: kitchen, bath, living room and laundry. Each child is responsible for one of these four stations. The kids like that we have a weekly sign-up rotation, giving everyone a turn at choosing a station. The rotation ensures that no one is stuck with kitchen cleanup every night.
I detail the steps for completing each station so the kids know our expectations. To help make it fun, we often set the timer for 15 minutes after dinner and race to see who can finish first. Their dad and I partner with the younger siblings, which encourages them to see chores as a family activity rather than a burden.
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This article appeared in the February/March 2015 issue of Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2015 by Lindsey Brackett. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.
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