- Renee said…Ooh – I love when you can ask questions. Here’s mine: What are your chore and allowance systems? And do you link the two? October 16, 2011 9:46 AM
As far as who does what chores….
- I do the laundry, but all kids help to put it away.
- If Tony (20) is home with us during a meal time, then he will clean up the kitchen in detail while the other kids help clear the table. He also is in charge of washing the kitchen floor each night.
- Audriana (18) takes out the recycle each day, walks & feeds the dog.
- Afton (16) is in charge of emptying the dishwasher.
- Alex (12) picks up after the dog, empties the various trashcans throughout the house.
- Avery (10) cleans the upstairs bathroom.
- A.J. (8) is in charge of the garage – organizing it, sweeping the floor daily.
- Aislynn (6) is in charge of putting away all the shoes that gather in the front entryway.
- Andrew and Aria do not have assigned chores. I’m still working on those two. They aren’t the best helpers right now. Being the two youngest, they are used to having their older siblings do the work. I’m working on changing that mentality of theirs!
- The vacuuming is something that we all do from time to time. One day it will be me, another day it’s Rich, then another day it’s some random kid who happens to walk by when it needs to be done. The kids call that being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
- Let’s see, what else….oh yes. Tony mows our lawns, and both he and Rich wash our cars. When Tony washes the cars, he will usually ask either A.J. or Alex to come out and help him.
As I look at this breakdown of the chores, I can see I need to make some changes. For one thing, the kids don’t really have all that much to do. Sometimes I wish we lived on a farm so they would really learn the value of hard work! And another thing — Afton is getting off easy! She’s sixteen and all she has is the dishwasher? Man, how have I let her slip by like that? And I just have to find something for Andrew to do everyday. He’s five. It’s time!
One thing about having a large family: We might make a huge mess in fifteen minutes, but we can clean up a mess in less than five minutes when we all “take a room” – it’s very true that “many hands make light work!”