My kids are still little, the oldest one 6. But this is no longer an excuse for them to not help out around the house. With having kids, there are a lot of chores. Things around the house that must be kept up to have a clean, healthy, somewhat organized and functional home. My philosophy on getting chores done used to be either, wait until kids are sleeping to get anything done, or engage them in some activity that needs minimum parental involvement (i.e. playing outside on the porch, coloring at a table...) and work as fast as possible.
Lately, I've been toying with the idea that, hey! these kids need to learn to do these things. Unless I want to be slave to their every whim, they need and deserve my guidance in teaching them domestic skills (age appropriate, of course).
Tonight, for example, we cooked up a simple spaghetti dinner. I was in charge of the sauce, Daddy was in charge of the noodles, Roxy was in charge of the Crescent Rolls, Riley was in charge of the green beans and Zoie's job was to set the table.
Of course, Roxy and Riley were assigned assistants (Mommy and Daddy) to assist them in their culinary tasks at hand. Then when their tasks were completed, they became Zoie's assistant to setting the table.
Dinner was a major teamwork effort. And it was awesome. They not only enjoyed helping out, they enjoyed eating their dinner more, and were brainstorming other things they can do to help out around the house.
What chores do your kids do around the house?
<3, Tabi :D