My two school age boys, (entering 1st and 3rd this year) are plenty old enough to help around the house. The problem during the school year is that we are so busy that it's hard to be consistent....but summer is perfect! I was so excited to get chores started again that I think it was the first morning of summer when I I made my first list. I should have been all fancy and created a chore chart of Pinterest. But instead, I grabbed a piece of construction paper, a couple colored markers and made one by hand. I do have my 2-year old daughter on here, only because she likes to feel included. And starting her at a young age, no matter how easy the task, will hopefully create good habits!
This chart hangs on the fridge and I change it out each morning. I thought about having assigned chores that were the same each day, but they tend to get bored with it and will complain. I have a list of about 15 chores and I just rotate through them. Each morning, they take a look at their list (usually 3 chores each) and know that they have to complete them if they want electronic time later. And if they complain, it's simple, no electronics! Believe me, the first time they don't get to watch TV, play kindle or wii (after 6pm), they learn! I find that they play so hard during the day, that they need this time to relax and unwind at night. Usually it's after dinner.
Here's an example of a chart:
These are some of the chores that I have my boys rotate through:
-take out garbage
-take out recycling bin (we keep this in our pantry and have them empty it about 1-2 times a week)
-wipe down bathroom countertops
-empty bathroom garbages
-clean up wii/TV room
-collect dirty laundry and bring to laundry room
-dust family & living room
-take sheets off bed and bring them to laundry room
-sweep back patio
-pick up all toys off family room floor and put back in correct places
Easy chore ideas for our 2-year old:
-put toys back in toy bin
-pick up books and put them back on bookshelf
-dust furniture (I give her our duster and let her wipe off countertops)
-put dinner clothes in hamper
-pick up a few toys in the backyard
-put plastic cups in drawer
What chores are your kiddos doing? I'm always looking for new ideas!