I hated doing chores growing up, but as a mom I firmly believe they are a vital part of growing up (or maybe I'm just getting too lazy to do them myself? Hmm...). We started Ting with some easy chores several years ago, but recently we changed up her duties and gave her old chores to little brother.
So what are my kids doing?
Chores start as soon as we walk in the door each evening. Ting hangs up her backpack and heads straight to the dishwasher. She is in charge of getting it unloaded and everything put up before I get in the kitchen to start working on dinner. Her recent growth spurt also means that she no longer needs to drag the stool all around the kitchen to get everything put up.
Once the dishes are put away, I try to get her to do a little reading. Sometimes this works out, sometimes not. But I encourage her to read at least one book (or one chapter of a book) each day. If you follow the book blog, you know I'm an avid reader and I'm trying to get my kids hooked on books as well.
On the weekends Ting is also responsible for dusting all the furniture. I just hand her the swiffer duster and let her go for it.
Bug is in charge of our dirty clothes. We have two laundry baskets in the back of the house, so each day he pulls the baskets to the laundry room and dumps all the clothes out. He has recently started trying to sort, but he has a LONG ways to go. I have to be very careful before I start dumping baskets into the washer.
Both kids work together to put out napkins and utensils before dinner each night, and they both have to clear the table after we eat. Both have to pick all their toys up from all over the house each night, and keep their room semi-clean.
As they get older, each kid will get additional chores to help out around the house. I plan to start Ting folding clothes before too long.
I'd love to hear what chores your kids are helping out with around the house.