Now that we’re past spring break, past Easter, and God willing, past the last snow of the year, I’m thinking about summer, and what that’s going to look like for us this year!

Like virtually every year, we are not doing summer school or swim team, primarily because I don’t want us to have to be somewhere early every morning. We love our downtime around here, and since all 3 boys are playing baseball again (Luke in 2 leagues, so it’s double the games) many, many late evenings will be spent at the ballpark. Meaning early morning = slow.

Don’t get me wrong…I’ll love sending all 3 to VBS (the only year all of them will go together!) for a week πŸ™‚

I’m thinking about what our daily chore charts will look like for the summer, and I’d love your input, parents! I laminate a sheet for each of them for the summer. (Sidenote: during the school year, they do all of the basics listed below, plus then help with other jobs as time allows.)

Here’s what it includes already for each kid daily (the basics):
Brush teeth
Make bed
Get dressed and put away pjs
Put away clean clothes if there are any
Sort or fold laundry as needed

Then, these kinds of jobs rotate:
Cleaning bathroom sinks
Watering the garden
Empty trashcans
Bring in trash/recycling cans from curb
Playroom pickup (everyone, twice a week)
Garage/yard pickup (happens about once every 2-3 weeks)

Literally, they spend like 15-20 minutes a day doing these things.

This summer, Luke should be capable of taking on a bit more laundry responsibility, so I think one day a week I’m going to have him gather all of the towels and be completely responsible for washing those and getting them put away. And maybe I’ll have Bennett be responsible for washing/drying/folding the beach towels once a week.

So…any ideas from all of you? What are your kids’ responsibilities?

15 responses to “Chores

  1. We are having to revamp our chore list with the new house. We used to have Blake vacuum. That might turn into swiffering the hardwood. We are adding dusting the van to Blake’s list too. Logan dusts (although he could do better this is a learning curve). Korry folds laundry: washclothes and her clothes. (She hangs all her shirts on hangers.) She puts groceries away and picks up her toys. I love the idea of having them do laundry. Most kids dont learn until they go to college! πŸ™‚

  2. Curious? Do you display this list somehow? Can you post that? Is there a time limit on when and how they get down?

    • I’ll try to post a pic of it later, Sharla! They’re just all clipped on a clipboard with their initial in the corner. They have to get their jobs done before playing outside or playing the Wii in the morning.

  3. My daughter always liked to help make the grocery list, because she had input in what we bought and ate. It’s also a good way to teach them about working within a budget and getting the most value for your money. Then, he can carry in and help put away the groceries. πŸ™‚

  4. Lyndsey unloads the dishwasher and dusts. Both kids vacuum, help with the bathrooms, put away their own laundry and clean their rooms. They help with groceries too. Laminating the list is a great idea. I’m going to need to do that. I’m tired of reminding them what to do and then checking to see if they really did it.

    • The dishwasher should be assigned! The boys are great about helping with the dishwasher before breakfast but it’s never completed…they just do what they can before school. In the summer they can do it all!

  5. Growing up during the summers, the Byers kids had to dust and vacuum as age permits. (dusting baseboards, kitchen and dinning room chair legs, tables, etc.) We also had cabinets that we had to clean out. So each day there would be a couple of cabinets that we had to take everything out, wash down the inside of the cabinets and the front and back of the cabinet door with hot water and Mr Clean and then put everything back in an orderly fashion. By the end of the summer my mom had every cabinet in our house (kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, hall closets) cleaned by her children. πŸ˜€

  6. Chelsey, your Mom was one smart cookie! I wish I’d thought of that. πŸ˜‰

  7. Chelsey Byers

    Thanks Laurie, she is. She knew how to get the work done using us over the course of the summer. No playing or sports until our daily list was completed.

  8. Once a week when the heavy cleaning needs done, I go through and make a seperate list for each room and what has to be done in that room. I then leave it in the room and let the kids choose which chore they want. I don’t usually have a problem because they each liked to do different things. They also do the dishes. I also made the boys clean the toilet in the bathroom they use the most. It’s amazing how much neater they are now! LOL

  9. I’m so happy to see that brush your teeth is on your list. Lol. I’ve included that on daily chore charts as well because if its not written down they assume it doesn’t need to be done.

    As for the chores my boys do…there really isn’t anything that I wouldn’t make/allow them to do. Austin is learning how to start laundry…they switch to the dryer…help sort and fold. They vacuum, dust, clean bathrooms, wipe down counters, mop, pick up, clean the van, pick up outside, load/unload dishwasher, etc… Austin is starting to help with dinner prep…cutting veggies, etc… Also, last year Austin started to help with mowing the lawn.

    Yikes….I sound like a major slave driver….for the record these are things they help with…I help out too πŸ™‚

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