|My Audience - Don't they look excited? Not!|
It wasn't that the kids were only doing chores that were on the chart but those were the only ones that they did very automatically and sometimes I was feeling overwhelmed by all that needed done as well as feeling frusterated with myself for not fully utalizing all the energy at hand (namely in my children!). I also have wanted to make sure that all of my kids are fully trained in running the house and sooner rather than later.
Anyway... When writing up our new chore chart we made it so the upstairs bathroom would be cleaned more often (it was needing that!) and that more people would share that chore. Previously Mara was cleaning the tub and shower (which is continuing to be her chore) and Jonathan and I would rotate at cleaning the rest of the bathroom. Now we have each of the 3 younger kids cleaning it once a week (basically every other day).
When I had Aaron do it one day however I realized that he really needed some training as his finished job was not very good. Jonathan was also needing some reminders on how to do it well and Megan needed training too. Mara is now cleaning Ken's office (including bathrooms) so she figured a cleaning demonstration would be useful to her as well.
When I announced that there would be a cleaning demonstration I wasn't exactly greeted with excitement. So I announced that I would be highly entertaining. They were pretty sceptical.
|Getting out of their "seats" (the tub) for a better view of scrubbing the sink.|
Do you have cleaning demonstrations? Are they highly entertaining? I would love to hear your tips on how you get your children invovled in keeping your home looking nice.
Cleaning demonstrations work for me.