Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Taking vacuuming to a new level

I've come to the conclusion that with 3 young kids and a dog, the floor needs to be vacuumed pretty much every day.

And the bathrooms? With 2 boys ages 3 and 7 years using them in addition to the rest of us? Need to be wiped down every day. Okay, in reality it needs to be wiped down after each time my 3 year old uses it (I've been begging my husband to work with him on aim!), but I'll settle for once a day.

And we gotta eat. So there's dinner to be cooked and dishes to be done every day.

For 2011, we have decided to enlist more help from the little people who live in this house to tackle the daily chores needed around here.

Because they are not so very little anymore at ages 7, 5, and 3, and having all three of them combine efforts to set the table every night just is not quite enough chore responsibility anymore.

So, we divided things up, even let them choose which chores they wanted.

It's only week one, so we'll see how the year pans out.

I can report that first couple days were glorious -- no complaints, the kids were excited and enthusiastic about their new chores, but about day 3 the moaning began. But, that's okay because learning to do chores joyfully is a life skill worth tackling, too.

And occasionally they surprise me by doing things even better than I would have. Like today, when I found my daughter literally vacuuming under the dining room table!

She definitely didn't learn that from me, but I'm thankful for her attention to detail and determination to get all the crumbs!

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  1. My daughter loves chores, but on her own terms. She wants to do what she wants to do, when she wants to do it! The other kids just do what they have to as quickly as possible so they can get to the fun stuff. LOL

  2. I love it...a girl after my heart. Vacuuming has always been HUGE to me, haha...I had my kids on chores at a pretty young age. I think because I was and it just seemed like a good idea. Looking back, I really think it was. I applaude your efforts!

  3. I know what you mean about chores. I have four: 7, 6, almost 5, and 3. They all have their little jobs they do, and they do pretty well.

    Just stick to it, or even help them a LOT when you're starting out, and it should get easier and easier.

  4. Adorable.

    You are a great mother. Happy TT. It's going to be a wonderful year in service to our King. Hugging you. Lynn

  5. yes, every little bit helps. our 5 year old is much more apt to help than her big sister or little brother. but, they each have their own chores in the morning and after eating.

    have a great weekend :)


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