Summer is here and we are so ready for it! Although I’ve been a stay at home mom for many years now, switching from summer to school mode is always an adjustment and takes us a few days to fall into rhythm together. One thing I implement each summer is summer chores and incentives. Having my kids help with things like meal prep, unloading the dishwasher, picking up their toys, making their beds, tidying their rooms, and doing laundry is a must. With all of us home, all day long, things can get out of hand quickly and I could literally spend my entire day cleaning circles around my kids. That’s not how I want to spend my summer, so enlisting my kids to pitch in is necessary. Attaching incentives to it isn’t required, nor do I do it all the time, but I also know that if it feels fun and they can earn something in the process, they are less likely to buck at me and more willing to help.
I set this up prior to the start of summer, so it’s all ready to go from day one. One chore = one punch. One full card = $5 allowance. My kids are digging it so far! For the most part, we tackle chores after breakfast. We’ll also do a clean up after dinner, and I’ll assign a job to each kid. My kids are also responsible for their own laundry, so when their basket is full, they know what to do. (Obviously this took some training, but they are learning and doing great! Also, if you want to change your clothes 5 times today, that’s great! I’m just not going to wash them all for you, ha!)
What jobs do you have your kids help with?
This printable also comes with a Kindness card that I’ll introduce when needed...so far they’re getting along pretty well! There is also one for reading, which I’ll share what we’re doing for next week!
Here’s to a fun, smooth running summer!