Summer Chores for Kids

This is a sponsored post written by me for BISSELL as part of the Mom it Forward network. 

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Summer.  It’s quite the balance of leisure, lazy, active, and productive.   I don’t have any fancy chore charts or systems to share with you (you can find them on Pinterest, though!) since I still haven’t figured out what fits our family perfectly, but that doesn’t mean we don’t put our kids to work on a daily basis.

It’s important to us that our children take ownership and responsibility over their spaces and shared responsibility in caring for our home.  There’s no better learning than doing, so just as soon as they are capable, we dive right in.

Two Year Old

  • throw away diapers
  • toss clothing down the laundry chute (along with a hot wheel or two, ahem)
  • pick up toys
  • fold small towels and washcloths
  • dump the scrap bucket into the compost (his favorite!)
  • put clean silverware in the tray

Five Year Old

  • make bed
  • tidy room, put away her own laundry
  • fold (most) clothes
  • pick up toys/bikes in the yard
  • clean trash out of the vehicles (you know, petrified french fries and all that good stuff)
  • take out recycling and trash

Seven and Ten Year Olds (everything the other kids do, plus…)

  • pull weeds, water the garden
  • sweep kitchen and dining room floors
  • sweep vehicle
  • vacuum living room
  • sweep and wipe down the bathroom

One day not too far into our summer break I was feeling frazzled.  I don’t even remember what chore I was doing at the time, but I looked at Lance and said, “Why?  Why are we working like crazies?  They can be helping!” See, that’s my routine.  I just do it myself as long as everyone’s playing happily.  Even scrubbing dishes can be kind of nice when it’s quiet and I’m all alone.  😉  But when they get loud and obnoxious (it happens!) I remember that we want them to contribute.  That there is no reason we shouldn’t strive for teamwork in our household. 

CleanView Plus
You know what’s cool about having older kids?  Given the right tools, older kids can do bigger jobs.  Yee-haw!  (Well, there are other things, but golly that’s nice!)

The BISSELL CleanView® Plus is one of those tools.

  • OnePass Technology allows for fast and easy cleaning with powerful suction so you can spend less time vacuuming and more time enjoying family, friends and pets.
  • Innovative brush design cleans on initial pass for excellent carpet cleaning.
  • Includes Bottom Easy Empty™ Dirt Cup for added convenience.
  • Lightweight design is modern, uncomplicated and easy to maneuver.
  • On-board attachments include a 4” TurboBrush for upholstery and hard-to-reach places, a 10” crevice tool for nooks, crannies and corners and an upholstery tool and 11” extension wand for added convenience.

Lightweight.  My big kids can go get the Bissell, haul it up the stairs, and vacuum the living room for me, all on their own.  {Mamas with all little people, there is hope!}  Is it done perfectly every time?  Nope.  But you know what else isn’t perfect?  Mama not getting around to doing the floors for a few days.  That’s worse than not perfect. 

What chores do your children do to help around the house?  How do you set them up for success?

 

 

Disclosure:  BISSELL, via the Mom it Forward network, sent me my kids a CleanView® Plus to try out and compensated me for sharing this information.  All opinions on child labor children and chores are my own. 

 

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