New Stage of Life – Chorelist Update


One thing I've found in our family is that chores (responsibilities) need to be evaluated and updated on a regular basis in order to keep people interested and motivated about successful family life.

I remember how exciting it was to create that cute little list of chores for our first child. When she was two, Kara could get dressed (with some help), put away her pajamas, wash her face and hands, hang up her coat, put away her lunch box, and brush her teeth at bedtime. Of course, going potty soon became a very important task she would master several times throughout the day, but that's more of a "life" skill than a chore. Anyway, you can imagine the cute pictures I drew of these chores, since she couldn't yet read. It was an exciting time for us, a family of three.

Then when our second child, Jamie, came along, we had two chore lists. Jamie did the same things Kara had done at 2, but Kara had mastered the first set of chores and was ready for a few more. On weekends she loved taking a little stool around the house and gathering plastic hangers in a basket for mom to do laundry. Jamie loved his "extra" responsibility of turning on the houselights when we got home at night. For some reason, it was never as fun to turn off the lights at the end of the evening. Hmmm, wonder why?

Kara and Jamie have come a long way since the 2 and 4 year old era. At 13 and 11 years old, they now do such things as unload the dishwasher, take out the garbages, make their own lunches, care for their cat, shower on their own, clean their rooms, vacuum, and do a few other regular household chores.

Now, with our third child, Andrew, who is almost six, we're back at stage one of chore life with him. It's fun to start it all over again. And this time, he has his dad and mom, along with the two older kids, training and helping him along the way.

Oh, yeah, and don't forget mom and dad. We need to evaluate and update our "responsibilities" from time to time to be sure the household is growing as a team. Even at 42, variety and regular change helps keep us motivated about our "chores".

Whatever stage of life you're in, take time to stop and evaluate how things are going and what changes need to take place in order to build your family as a team. With each new stage of life, take update those chore lists!

Andrea Simanson is a wife and mother of three children, and the website and ezine editor of Successful Family Chores – Putting FUN and ENERGY into everyday tasks. For a regular dose of family organizational ideas and chore tips, sign up for her free bi-monthly newsletter by clicking here.



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