Is that like Toys for Tots? Ha. Susie’s post on the chores her children do (holy cow) has somewhat inspired me to reconsider our chores at our house.
Wally has no chores. I mean, there are things he is expected to do. But not traditional “chores.”
He is expected to:
- Clean rooms he has made messy.
- Put away toys (or books or art supplies) as he’s finished with them, or before leaving an area. (So, before we leave my office, he picks up his mess, including washing out paintbrushes.)
- Put his dirty clothes into the hamper, put his PJs on his pillow.
- Help me make the bed on days we make the bed.
- Put his clean dishes away.
- Put his dirty dishes in the sink.
- Hang up his coat, put his shoes away, keep track of hats and mittens.
It’s more personal responsibility and cleaning up after himself, and I do most of the “house” chores.
And why is this? Because I’d rather they get done quickly.
HOWEVER, as Wally gets older, he’s more capable of doing things. I’m hoping to be able to turn laundry sorting over to him completely one of these days (as in, take the clean clothes and put them into piles according to who they belong to). There’s no reason he can’t sweep the floors on occasion.
I guess, however, at least until chores can be accomplished competently and independently, I’m happier with our ad-hoc arrangement. He does many things around the house, just whatever I happen to be doing that he can help with. Am I washing off the table? He can do that. Am I putting wet clothes into the dryer? He can’t reach the washer, but he can take the wet clothes and push them into the dryer (and has been doing that since he was about 2). He can completely empty the dryer, but I still have to be there to make sure he doesn’t crawl into the dryer, which he’s never done, but he IS a small boy and loves small places. Am I folding towels? He can help.
He’s also at somewhat of a disadvantage with just practicality. He can’t phyiscally reach the washer. He can’t physically reach where we keep our dishes (on purpose). Putting away our pans takes logic skills Einstein would admire.
But what COULD he do that he doesn’t?
- Put away his clean laundry.
- Start learning how to fold clothes. We tried about 6 months ago and the results were unsatisfactory for me and frustrating for him.
- I”m tempted to say Dust, but I’m not sure why I’d expect him to do something I never do, lol.