This was a family weekend yard cleanup, and everyone worked.
One of my least favorite things to do around the house is chores. I didn’t like doing them as a child and I really don’t like doing them now, but unfortunately, chores are one of the main things that keep a household running. I want my kids to learn to help with chores and to have a healthy attitude about it. Whether they someday have families of their own or choose to live alone, being able to do laundry, cook, clean, organize, and budget are all important skills I want my kids to have. Sometimes I think that doing chores is overwhelming when there is a huge list of things that needs to be done but not enough time. I’ve found that putting on some music really helps the chores get done more quickly. Let your kids pick their own “chore music” to listen to or create a playlist especially for when you’re doing laundry or sweeping. You’ll be amazed at how the time flies when you’re relaxed listening to your favorite tunes.
Another way you can make chores more fun is to create a chore jar. Write down all of your daily chores on slips of paper and put them in a jar. Then, each family member can pick a certain number of chores to complete. Whoever completes their chores first will get a small prize or perhaps a special reward, such as getting to choose what you have for dinner or even getting to pick the chore music the next day!