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Sometimes getting Alea to do chores or even clean-up her toys at the end of the day is a tough task to complete. It’s almost, let’s face it, it is easier to just clean-up and do the chore myself rather than following her around to make sure she did it well enough or at all. It shouldn’t have to be that way, though. Growing up I always knew that I was assigned certain chores and if I wanted to go above and beyond that, then I could make some extra spending money for myself. That’s just always how it was and I never really questioned it. I want Alea to grow-up in the same kind of environment. I don’t want her to grow-up expecting that she doesn’t have to do chores and that she doesn’t have to work to earn money for herself. Why not start that early? And these are the things that pop into my head when loading the dishwasher and putting in dishwasher detergent. True story.
I can’t really blame Alea for not wanting to do chores, because let’s face it, chores aren’t fun. Heck, I don’t even want to do my chores half the time. But, why not try to make them a little more fun? I decided to give these little Kids Chore popsicle sticks a try for that reason exactly!
002. Popsicle sticks
003. Fine tip permanent marker
001. Write down one chore per popsicle stick.
002. Place popsicle sticks chore side down in the jar.
003. Let your little one pick their chore of the day.
004. Sit back and relax while your kiddo does the chores for you!
Chore Ideas to Include:
Here are a few chore ideas for you to include. These are aimed for the younger crowd and should be relatively easy for your 4-5 year old to complete on their own with little assistance. Some of these, especially putting in the dish detergent tab, are Alea’s favorites, so I knew we would have to include them in her chore sticks.
001. Put in the Finish Dish Detergent tab
003. Wash windows
004. Wipe down the table
005. Clean the bathroom counters
006. Pick up toys
007. Load washing machine
008. Put away socks and underwear
009. Feed the dog
010. Make the bed
I’m hoping that the initial excitement doesn’t wear off and that Alea continues to want to do her chores and choose her chores from this jar of popsicle sticks. It even helps keep me in check with chores as well, because in order for Alea to do a few of these chores, I have to do my part as well in order for her to do her part. It’s a win-win if you ask me!
Now our beds are made, our dishes are sparkly and our laundry is on it’s way to getting done. It’s all about finding a balance and utilizing your resources, right? I’m pretty impressed with how well these Finish packets work on our dishes and how sparkly they come out! None of those nasty hard water spots or left on mystery crusty pieces of food. Teaching my little to help with chores and getting ridiculously clean dishes? I’m one happy mama!
How do you encourage your little ones to do chores?