So did you find a reason to celebrate, yesterday? While we ended up not getting any cake due to a later dinner, my husband ended up enjoying an afternoon of golf while I enjoyed the pool, playground, and turtles with the kids.
And we gave him one heck of an expensive birthday card courtesy of the hotel gift shop.
Completely worth it, of course.
Today's Challenge #28: Get your kids involved should help make you think of ways that even your littlest kids can get involved in your daily household duties. I realize that this can make chores even more like chores, but overall, it's good for them to have some responsibility, and it will, at some point, give you a break.
We've tried various chore charts around our house, but the best one thus far was at the prompting of the lovely Mir of Want Not and Woulda Coulda Shoulda, who uses a simple laminated daily checklist that her kids can see and mark off as they go. Then we do allowances based on their age (so $6 and $3) which I track on a sheet that we keep on our fridge.
So far, this has worked well, even for Drew - and we include things like "Go potty" "Brush Teeth" (both naptime and bedtime) since he tends to give us a hard time with those. However, he also has jobs like "Empty the dishwasher silverware" and "Make your bed" too.
When I'm home, I'll post pictures, but basically, I printed out a list with their picture and a spot for them to mark with a washable marker. We have them hanging on our pantry door.
Quinlan has more challenging tasks like setting the kitchen table, letting the dog out, and emptying the main dishwasher (sans the glass ware). I also need to add "practice violin" to her list as well.
Now, we don't necessarily have this for Margot (2), but she certainly does help out around the house. Here are some other things we have the kids do:
*Laundry game - Quinlan can fold her clothes, but Drew and Margot can help sort their own clothes out and make a pile. I then have them do a toss (basketball style) for a small prize.
*Recycling - We keep our recycle bin right outside the door to our garage, so all the kids can put stuff out when I need it.
*Emptying trash - My son loves trash trucks, so his job is to help me empty all the house trash cans.
I'm sure there are plenty more things that I'm not thinking of, but so far this year, this system has been working well. Feel free to share what works for your family.