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Organize Your Family For A Smooth Back To School Transition

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kids-choresPreparing for getting your family back on track once school starts encompasses more than just shopping for supplies and new clothes. Aside from working a regular 9-5, parents will be inundated with rushed mornings, messy kids bedrooms, and finding lost items amid family chaos. 

And if the status-quo is allowed to reign, the burden of piloting the household through the back to school transition rests exclusively on the shoulders of mom. Or maybe not. Today moms are learning positive, proactive approaches to get the kids to do chores.  

Essentially it boils down to all family members having important responsibilities around the house.  Parents know it's possible to raise responsible children through delegating a series of chores that focuses on the children's need to be a productive family member.

How to Teach Children Responsibility Using Household Chores

Children who lack a sense of responsibility and have trouble prioritizing jobs and activities as children tend to lead unproductive lives as adults.  Assigning chores to children is one of the oldest but easiest methods of getting kids involved in household duties. Kids who do chores gain a sense of ownership and merit.  Not to mention a stronger sense of pride and appreciation for their home and living conditions.  Eventually doing chores will become second nature, and if parents get the kids acclimated to a chore assignment system early, every family member's life goes more smoothly.

Convincing your child to be responsible is the real issue. It seems at first an act of faith.  It certainly involves a belief that the child can benefit from the experience of being part of the family's solution to stress.  This is where most parents could use a little help.  We understand the value of competent up-to-date and informative outlets moms can use to address children's responsibilities.   Parents in search of the best approach to setting up chores for the children with begin with a definite schedule that's fun and fluid.  We found an interesting method we'd like to share- chore charting and an assignment system. which can be useful tools for getting children involved with their responsibilities.

Actually, the beauty of a chore charting and assignment system is it's easy and fun to implement.  And with a little creativity assigning chores could be as entertaining as playing a game of monopoly.   This is because web-designed or store-purchased chore systems come with a list of common everyday household chores that are outlined on a chore wheel.  The kids will have fun taking turns spinning the wheel to see what chore they get to do.

Alternately, kids could take turns drawing the job out of a hat!  Some of the more common chores listed on the chore chart wheels include:

  • Washing dishes
  • Putting dishes away
  • Sweeping kitchen
  • Clearing table
  • Setting table
  • Taking out the trash
  • Cleaning the bathrooms
  • Feeding the dog
  • Walking the dog

Once set up the specific chores are transferable to easy to read laminated to-do-lists and chore cards.  And the chore cards can be individualized and/or grouped for random and unbiased chore assignments.  It's a simple and easy way to delegate work.  The good news is when purchasing a chore chart system, the assignment cards are pre-printed and grouped by age and chore type.  This means the chore assignments are comprehensible to children of all ages.  Now parents can start teaching kids responsibility early.  Basically, if a child can walk, he or she can do a chore.  You will be amazed how smaller children take to being entrusted with their own job.

The best part of the children's chore card system is parents can opt to purchase a pre-printed system or use their imagination and simply custom create a chore system to meet their family's specific needs. Regardless of what method parents choose to delegate chores, there are a few essential chores parents themselves should focus on for the system to work.

  • Avoid a lackadaisical approach. Laying down the law and showing the children you mean business is vital to the child's acceptance of doing chores. This also implies Mom has to be serious and consistent enough to follow up (i.e. Inspecting), rate progress and even dishing out a punishment or two for disobedience.
  • Don't be afraid to reprimand the kids when they fail to do their chores according to your standards. Always work to get what you expect from the kids when you inspect their work. This is very important if you want the kids to take their chores seriously.
  • Tangible rewards should never be offered instead of doing chores. Offering a reward gives them a timeline for keeping up with their chores.  Once the kids receive their reward, they have a tendency to slack-off.  Now parents are back to square one.  In other words, reward the child with an allowance, a day off from chores, or even the Wifi password (which you can change daily) rather than bribing them with expensive gifts. The other way can get costly.  Remember your raising responsible children not extortionists.

Teaching kids to accept responsibility is one of the most tedious tasks a parent will encounter.  But it doesn't have to be.  Bearing in mind what kids learn today through the uniformity of chores will be beneficial than in the long run.  Plus, teaching children responsibility through chores is the very foundation for raising a productive adult.