Olive has been helping around the house since she was a little younger; she helps feed the dog and sometimes she loads the washing machine with her dirty clothes, but it’s mostly because in the beginning, it was a novelty. “Helping mama” was a fun game that she liked to play….not so much anymore. She now has her own toys she wants to play with and her own agenda, so helping me isn’t really something she wants to do these days.
But she really has to learn. I know, I know, she isn’t even 3 yet. I’m sure my parents would tell me that I’m being mean for making her pull her weight around the house. (Sorry mom!) It isn’t really about lightening my load, or helping me at all (because lets be real guys, it would actually be easier and quicker for me to do it myself), it’s more about instilling the idea that she needs to do her part to keep the household running. The hope is by the time she’s off to college, she’ll have enough….housekeeping skills to not live in filth.
I made Olive a Chore Chart that I’ve put up in our house – she needs to do her chores at least once a day and at the end of the week, she gets a prize (currently, our prize is ONE jellybean – works like a charm). It’s a very new concept, and we’re still getting the hang of it, but I hope that soon this will become routine, instead of needing a chart. Or nagging.
In case you were thinking of doing the same, here is the downloadable version of the Chore Chart, just because. You know. Share the love. (And the housework) You can fill in different kinds of chores on the blank lines, and the child’s name on the top, as well. If you laminate the paper, you’d have a great reusable chart that can be used with dry erase markers!
What are your thoughts? Do you have an opinion on this? Is it mean that I’m making her do some housework? Let me know, I’d love to hear.