Living simply in the wild

Peaceful chores. There is such a thing?

“Go clean your room!” oh the dreaded words. Trying to get two little kids to do chores is usually a chore of its own. Sure you can make it easier by bribing them with candy, dollar bills, or trips to Chucky Cheese. Or you can also threaten with punishments and consequences. Frankly i’m not a fan of any of those methods. I want to instill a sense of responsibility and respect in my kids. We hung the words “Nothing works if you don’t”.

I’m not saying giving your kids an allowance for doing chores is wrong, in fact we used to do that. But it stopped working for us so we’ve changed a few things. I believe everyone in the household should have responsibilities to keep the house running properly. At dinner one night we had a little conversation and it went like this…I asked the questions

“Who likes having clean clothes?”-everyone raised their hands

“Who likes having a clean glass to drink out of?”-everyone raised their hands

“Who likes wearing clean undies”-everyone raised their hands

“Who likes being able to walk around the house without stepping on things”-everyone raised their hands

“Who wants to be the ONLY one doing the laundry, dishes, cleaning up?”-no one raised their hand

Yes, i made it easy to prove my point. Don’t judge me. From there is was pretty easy to get everyone on board with doing chores because no one wanted to be stuck doing all of them.

We created these hanging chore charts. They work well for us because the boys feel very accomplished when their ribbon is empty at the end of the day. Now i don’t want to be evil with enforcing these chores and tasks. I want it to be a peaceful matter. Come on, we all have those days you just don’t feel like doing the laundry, or dishes. Why shouldn’t kids be able to feel that way too? So if they are having a day where they aren’t into the chores, i’ll give them some slack. Maybe they’ll only help put a couple of dishes away, maybe their bed won’t get made. I can deal with that. I’ll gently encourage, but i don’t intend to have tears from forcing them to do this. A happy kid is much more easily persuaded then one who is frustrated and upset. Have you ever tried to calm a raging bull? Ya, me neither but sometimes i feel as if i have tried.

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Someday we will update the pics, and we will probably have to get a longer ribbon. But for now these work! You can make these a lot more cute if you use little print outs of pictures of chores instead of drawing like i did. And using some fun font for the words above, but options are limited with no printer. Be creative!

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3 responses

  1. Amber

    Amber I so LOVE this!!! Seriously! Look how sweet those boys look in their pictures! It melts my heart!

    April 11, 2013 at 1:01 pm

  2. What a great idea!! Unfortunately, our boys are now 29 and 26 and living independently. One of them is even married, so it’s too late to try, but I bet they would have loved (ok, maybe just liked) this idea.

    October 8, 2013 at 11:27 am

    • Simply The Wildside

      Thank you! Our boys like the fact they get to clip things on and off the charts. And hey, their never too old for chores!

      October 8, 2013 at 12:07 pm

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