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  1. I get private messaged now and then for details about training kids to do chores and chore rotations. It's happened again. There was a thread on this several years ago that I can't find now. So as to give the person asking and boardies a lot of ideas to choose from, I'm going to start new one. If you require your children to do chores: 1) Why do you have your children do chores? This is really a philosophical question, but I think when you're clear on why you're doing something it can help you stay motivated through the inevitable challenges along the way. Has your philosophy changed over time? How and why? 2) About how old were they when you taught them how to do each kind of chore? I think it's useful for parents undertaking chore training to know at what ages other people have successfully taught specific tasks to neurotypical children. If your child isn't neurotypical let us know how you worked around their special circumstances. Anything else that comes to mind on the is topic or a related one is helpful too. 3) Describe the process of teaching them how to do different chores. What kinds of phrases did you say? How did you teach them to break larger chores down into smaller tasks? What kind of "inspection" did you use to let them know they were done? What kind of reinforcement did you do for a job well done or a job poorly done? Anything else that comes to mind on this topic. 4) What kinds of changes have you made throughout your parenting related to chore training? What were your best changes and why? What would you do differently and why? What resources, products or other materials have been most helpful to you? What were duds? I'll post my response later because it's going to take me a while and I don't have the time until later tonight.
  2. After speaking with a friend, I've been pondering the pros and cons of doing chores at various times of the day. Her kids begin their day with chores, and they don't start school until 10 am. Do your kids do chores first or do you wait until after school is done?
  3. I've been browsing this site: http://www.charlottemasonhelp.com/2009/07/habit-training.html I feel absolutely overwhelmed by all that we need to accomplish here...and highly motivated to get started! :) So...I'm starting a running list of which chores to introduce & when, helpful routines & organizational strategies we could implement, etc. I'm planning to take one small step at a time, maybe one for each child or just something we could implement as a family, and build from there. I know everyone will have different lists...but I'm curious to hear from you all... What would you say are the *key* tips to routines, chores & organization that have worked in your family? Looking for *practical* "nuts & bolts" ideas here. Thanks! :)
  4. I'm looking for suggestions. I've figured out that a loose routine is what works best for us. This system was MEANT to be a flexible schedule. But, we've found what works best is to take off the magnets, give them to the kiddos and then as they finish things, they put the item on the chart. It's nice because at the end of the day I can VISUALLY see what we've accomplished and it gives them ownership as far as actually seeing what they still have to do. It gives them a little freedom as well as what comes next. We still have our routine - everyone has outside time at once, nap isn't optional ;) but this is working good for us. This is the chart (minus several magnets, lol) The problem is I want some kind of hanging "cup" or "thingie" to keep the magnets separate. Grab your cup and go, kwim? I figure someone here has seen a good hanging "thingie" to keep small objects in for separate children whether on a blog or in a cup. :) Thanks! ~Kelly
  5. My daughter will be 7 this month, and I want to have her start helping more around the house. She is very helpful, and will clean her room, etc. but I have been reading that people have children cooking/baking/cleaning. So I'm wondering, what kind of things do your children help with?
  6. I have a Moth schedule. Stuff isn't getting done. Some of this is character issues. I am working on that. My dh and I are having marriage issues do to long term unemployment. Our kids are 14, 11, 8, 2, and 8 months. My oldest is a high functioning Aspie. He is smart and cocky. I need more time to teach him how to work like a HS. My 11 yo is getting lost because he isn't asking for help. My 8 yo has speech/learning difficulties. He isn't in therapy currently, although he should be doing online ST soon. He has ETC online and TT that he does alone. I help him for another hour a day on his other work. My 2yo is the only girl and she draws on everything. The baby has had some feeding problems. he is doing better. Any suggestions? I cannot let school go. We are finally caught up from when we let go in the past when I thought US was a good fit. I am tired. I do have a lot to deal with. HOW do I do it? We school 6 days a week. I have to keep on the kids all day long. Help me get my big girl panties on and get my home in order. I need to be a better leader. I need to be stronger.
  7. With 2012 just around the corner and many of us looking to make some changes/resolutions, I thought I would share my chore system in its entirety. I've blogged a little about it before but now I've included the chore files for you to download and print yourself, and explained just how simple it is to set up/manage. And it is pretty inexpensive to set up (it cost us approx. $7.00!). If nothing else, then perhaps you will get some ideas of chores for your own family. Our Chore System
  8. I have a 7 yo and a 4 yo who have never really been responsible for chores. Now they are both required to help out when asked, but they have no real responsibilities of their own. I would like to change this and I need help! I have looked at various chore systems in the past and my biggest problem is that I am overwhelmed at all of the options. Not just the system for tracking chores, but do I pay per chore or not (I like Dave Ramsey so I tend to lean toward paying) and how do I even determine who should do what chore ( how much is enough?). Also I work three days per week, and I honestly feel like I am doing good those mornings to get us all out of the house with our teeth brushed! I'm not sure how I would fit chores in (maybe the evenings instead?). My dh works out of town now and I am truly overwhelmed trying to "do it all" on my own. Also I recognize that I am doing my kids a disservice by not teaching them now. I need a very basic system with some ideas on how to implement it. IF you could share what type of chores you feel are reasonable for a 7 & 4 yo, that would be great. Thanks!
  9. Can you please explain your system? What are your expectations of your dc? Do you give a different amount depending on the age of your dc and the amount of work they do? Do you have certain chores that must be done-just because they're part of the family and they are to be done w/o payment? How do you decide how much to give and how often? (If you live in $$ areas of the U.S., like LA or NYC or, say, Boulder, etc.. I would expect the allowance to be higher than places like Wichita, KS, or Minneapolis,MN etc...) Are your dc expected to pay for extra things with their money(candy, movies,pricey clothes, etc..) and/or things like all clothes, BD presents for friends and family, makeup, curling irons, sports equipment, activities, camps, etc.? Are your dc expected to save a certain amount of their allowance? Are they expected to give money to church, animal shelter,homeless shelters, etc.? I would particularly love to hear from those with dc ages 10-15. Thanks! :bigear:
  10. Here it is!!!! http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwp.me%2Fp1iJVr-29&h=b627c Right now I am adding chore checklists from this site: http://heartofwisdom.com/homeschoollinks/free-printable-15-minute-chore-checklists/ Editied: Not sure how the FB link works, but my post is also on my blog!
  11. How do you have the kids maintain a shared bedroom? I have my three boys in one room (their choice), but it becomes a swamp *very quickly*. They fuss and fight when I send them all in there to clean, but then I don't think it's very fair to have one child do all the cleaning. I have Managers of their Chores and plan to implement long term chores this summer. I'm at a loss, though, on how to handle the shared bedroom. Any ideas?
  12. I love Terri Maxwell's Managers of their Chores. It completely changed the way I thought about chores, & after ordering the book & implementing the chore system, I had a smooth, happy household. For a while. What went wrong? I don't know...a missing chorepack here, somebody sick there. And then we moved. And...I've realized that no set of chores should have quite SO much effort put into it because...chores change. Skills change. Family needs change. So since we moved in Sept, we haven't had any kind of system. If something needs doing, I do it, I assign a kid to do it, or some combination of that. Generally speaking, I've got good kids, but they do get bad attitudes sometimes. I've noticed that that seems to coincide with periods when they're asked to do too few chores. Then they're unhappy playing--they argue more, AND they're unhappy working. They get a sense of entitlement to playtime, etc. So my concern w/ chores is more than a messy house--it's also attitudes. Attitudes that are kind-of seeping down to the littles. And...I remember when 7yo was 3yo...we were selling our house. She had to learn to make her bed perfectly, by herself, clean her room, etc in less than 5-10 min. When she was 2yo, we were renovating the house. She HAD to obey when I was alone w/ her & oldest (4yo) & refinishing the wood floors. My 2yo & 3yo now? No way would I try that. :lol: To some extent, it's different personalities. But to some extent, it's also different parenting. Tired parenting. So we're going to get the wonderful blessing next year of 2yo & 3yo being 3yo & 4yo. That. should. be. easier. :lol: Help me figure out what to do in the mean time to ensure that it's easier, to make school w/ 10, 8, 4, & 3yo work well. Help me harness the sweetness that's in them to get the house running smoothly. But don't assume I have *any* energy. Pretend we're moving before the next school year. Imagine the worst. (Ok, just the craziest.) Because when I think about it, I see the whole thing & can't see the steps to get there. Or I see the immediate & outline steps for *that day.* And then give up when the success of that day is undone in under an hour. :lol: Your answer *could* be to just go back to MoTC, reread, re-implement. Or you could suggest something more genius. ;) Mostly...I think 7yo & 10yo are getting to the age where I should be able to expect them to see what needs doing & do it. Not all the time. Not perfectly. The big stuff, though. (7yo only because of her personality...if 10yo acts that way, she'll follow suit. And she's turning 8 this mo, so she's an old 7.)
  13. Can you please list the chores your dc are responsible for each day and the number of hours it takes them to do school each day. Our 14 year old just decided to inform us that no one she knows from her youth group still has chores. I would really appreciate the information. Daily make bed neaten room put away dishes clean up after yourself sweep get mail practice piano add fresh hay to guinea pig cage (HER pet) School about from 9:30-4:00 including lunch break
  14. We go back and forth between how much (if any) allowance the kids should be given (ages 12, 11 and almost 9). I've done the allowance thing, where each child has established chores and if they do them all they get their "age-appropriate" allowance. I've done the "Just do your chores because we all live in the house and we all have a job to do" thing, which is very un-inspiring for kids (surprise, surprise). I've also done the pay-for-chore thing, where they only get paid for what they do- very labor-intensive, and then when I ask them to do something simple like let the dog out, they ask "Do I get paid for that?" :glare: Grrrrrr...... I'm trying to teach them financial responsibility (you know, money doesn't grow on trees, etc, etc) but it's hard to make them buy their own stuff when they have no way to earn their own money. And I'm not really crazy about letting them put up babysitting notices, etc in the general public. That's how we earned money as a kid, babysitting, yard work, etc for neighbors. (We don't really live in a place where we can do that anyway). What do you guys do? Thanks for your help! Shelly
  15. Okay, I'll try to make this concise and to the point. I'm really at a loss as to what to do. My 8yo DS has had pretty much the same chores for 2 years and STILL is not successful in completely them correctly each morning. My boys do their chores in the morning and then do not have any more throughout the day. His chores: Get dressed Straighten room & take dirty clothes to the chute Empty dishwasher Eat breakfast & clean area well Brush teeth & comb hair Stock bathrooms (3 of them) with kleenex, toilet paper & wet wipes. Empty bathroom trash from 2 bathrooms Take dirty rags from kitchen hamper to laundry Sort laundry from chute Put his clean laundry away Of course, he is never expected to do this all from memory, he has a check off sheet in the kitchen. Although, we've also done the "chore pack" from The Maxwells and that didn't work either. He'll mark things that weren't completed or forget to mark the stupid thing entirely. I don't think any of this is intentional, but it sure is aggravating! So, thinking maybe that was too much (even though none of the jobs would be very large on any given day if done every day), I've revised the schedule so he doesn't do it all on one day: His revised chores: Get dressed (all days) Straighten room & take dirty clothes to the chute (Su,T,Th,Sa) Empty dishwasher (all days) Eat breakfast & clean area well (all days) Brush teeth & comb hair (all days) Stock bathrooms (3 of them) with kleenex, toilet paper & wet wipes. (Su,T,Th,Sa) Empty bathroom trash from 2 bathrooms (Su,T,Th,Sa) Take dirty rags from kitchen hamper to laundry (M, W, F) Sort laundry from chute (M, W, F) Put his clean laundry away (M, W, F) Unfortunately, each day things are left incomplete. Milk is left in a puddle at his breakfast place, cereal left out...wipes completely forgotten until they run out (he should fill them when 1/2 empty)...hanging clothes in closet fallen on the floor... Constantly little things left undone. I don't know what to do. This is NOT too advanced for him. He is a wonderful little boy and does his school work well, just seems to refuse to do his chores to excellence. Even if he just doesn't "see" (despite many attempts at training - and writing out lists of the details - etc) what needs to be done, how do I train him to "see"? We've tried penalties (loss of computer, loss of treat, loss of TV), we've tried hand-holding and none of it seems to work. He's starting to feel like he can't ever get it right and while I don't want him to feel that way, every morning we wake up and there are things (things he's been trained to do), that are left undone. I am not expecting perfection - all of the things are reasonable. Expecting an 8 year old to clean his breakfast area (putting things away and wiping the table with a wet cloth) - is not asking too much. Anyway, I just don't know what to do. We've also tried spreading the chores out throughout the day and that never seems to work either. Thanks, Angela
  16. If you have not given Chorebuster a try, you must, you simply must. It is highly exalted in this house. You go to the site, enter the people in your family capable of helping and how difficult their jobs should be, how much of the load they should get. Enter the chores that need to be done, how often they should be done, who is NOT able to do each one, and how difficult they are considered to be. For a donation, you can enter other info, like whether you will pay a reward for the chore. The site generates a fair list of chores and emails it to you each week. You can print out the schedule and also email people's chores to them every day. I am in LOVE, I tell you!
  17. How many hours per week do you require of your children to do chores? What types of chores do they do? Do you need to schedule these chores, remind them or do they do them on their own? I’m mainly interested in middle and high school ages.
  18. What do you expect your kids to do to help in the garden, and what ages do you expect it at?
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