Just like you were psyched when potty training was a success, you will be thrilled when your kids can do some stuff (albeit somewhat assisted) on their own. It’ll free you up (okay, just slightly but during the holidays a little goes a long way!), give you something extra to be thankful for next week, and also, although they won’t realize it right away, benefit them too.
Kids who learn to tidy up early on in life tend to keep a neater home when they’re older. They also find a sense of accomplishment and responsibility, which also make an impact at other times in their lives. And even though they’re complaining, they definitely feel part of the family team when working together. Plus there is always the idea of benefiting from a little cash in their pocket (depending on how you roll with the topic of allowance).
The holidays are a perfect time to get them to help around the house. While you’re basting, mashing, and dare we mention wrapping, they can be folding, dusting, and straightening up some rooms around the house. Not only will they be taking responsibility for your home, this will keep them preoccupied while you’re prepping.
The best way to achieve success with this is not to expect all kids of different ages to be able to do the same tasks. Start slowly and let them work their way up. The List: Chores for Kids has ideas for different duties that can be accomplished by children of different ages and even better, there are some specific chores they can do to help you during the upcoming holiday!
The List: Chores for Kids
Chores for all year round:
1. Cleaning up toys in their rooms, in the family / living room too
2. Making their beds
3. Walking/feeding any pet
4. Setting/clearing the table for mealtimes
5. Taking out the garbage
6. Carrying in/putting away groceries
7. Folding laundry
8. Making their lunches/snack
9. Bringing in the mail
10. Watering/weeding the garden or lawn
Chores for Thanksgiving:
1. Make place cards for the table
2. Fold napkins
3. Dust the guest room
4. Fluff pillows
5. Rake the leaves to make your house tidy on the outside too
6. Food prep (bread in basket, snacks in bowls, wash produce, mash the potatoes, condiments in serving dish, sprinkle desserts, etc)
7. Hang up guest’s coats, put bags and luggage away
8. Create an iTunes playlist for the night
9. Water in vase for flowers.
10. Shake and sweep the welcome mats / mats in the mud room
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