Summer is here. If you are like most of us with teenagers you are already tired of all the messes everywhere and summer has just started! The kids aren’t picking up after themselves, they’re sleeping in late, glued to their electronics, and they clearly have no guilt about neglecting their chores.
Mom on the other hand, needs a break!
Yet, things around the house still need to get done.
Are you sick of feeling resentful and nagging your kids about helping out around the house?
You’re not alone and there is an easy answer.
Chore charts are great but if you’re like me I lack the consistency to keep up with them.
This is the BEST and EASIEST way that I have found to get your kids to do their chores!
This idea will spare you a boatload of resentment, is actually fun, and gets the whole family involved in helping out and it’s flexible, you can make it work to your specific needs! (we’ve been using it since Thanksgiving!)
Change it up based on what chores you need done each day.
Your tween or teen can pick and choose their chores based on a first-come basis or you can assign them.
The sticky notes make it easy for the kids to “chuck” off their chores by tossing them in the garbage once the chore is done, which tweens and teens love to do.
-Get a pad of multi-colored sticky notes.
-Take a piece of paper and write every single thing you can think of that needs to get done around your house that your tween or teen can do.
-Take your sticky notes and assign each member of the family with a color.
-Divide and conquer: Take what’s on your list and assign a few or more tasks a day to each family member (it helps to take into consideration what they each enjoy doing and their age).
-Stick on the wall lined up under each name.
Give them instructions: “Take one sticky note at a time and once it’s done you can throw it out. Keep on going until your sticky notes are gone each day. Once your chores are done you are free to do what you want (within reason).”
Remind yourself that chores are an opportunity to teach your kids responsibility, caring for belongs, being a part of a team (the family), and learning important skills as they are inching towards adulthood.
Note: Don’t expect them to know how to do things. If they don’t do it properly or up to normal standards, rather than criticize, show provide guidance and direction. Teach them how to clean, use the lawnmower, and organize things, etc. And make sure to affirm them when they do a good job! Positive feedback is the best motivator of all!
Here’s a list of some chore ideas:
(Depending on your weather)
Mow the lawn
Trim the bushes
Weed the garden
Wash/vacuum the car
Clean and/or cover outdoor furniture
Gather unwanted items to donate or sell at a yard sale
Put clothes away
Sweep or vacuum bedroom
Put items where they belong
Feed the pet
Walk the pet or clean litter
Vacuum a room
Dust a room
Vacuum the furniture
Straighten up a room
Take care of items for recycling
Take the trash out
Go grocery shopping (driving of course)
Wash and dry laundry
Clean the kitchen counters
Empty the dishwasher or wash dishes
Clean the bathroom sink, mirror, and toilet
Clean refrigerator shelves and door; inside and out
Organize the food in the pantry
Organize the garage
Write a thank-you note