How does a microwave work?
How do I wash my clothes?
What do I eat?
I do not want to pick up the phone and hear those questions on the other end of the line. I'm expecting things like, "I blew up the burrito," and "I shrunk my sweater," because sometimes they half listen to what I'm saying. Regardless, I want them to know how to take care of their homes.
I am also one person and have no desire to clean up after five people. Thankfully, I was blessed with a husband who picks up after himself regularly. I rarely find his shoes in the living room or his man-purse (he's not going to like that I called it that!!) by the chair. He reigns in his gear to select parts of the house and I am very happy with that. Sadly, the messy of the two of us is me. :( Housekeeping is something I will NEVER perfect.
Anyway...in my pursuit of home tidiness, I am bringing my fellas along with me. It helps that my Boy Scout has been saying "A Scout is clean" for the past several months as he learns the Scout Law. We've been working on chore charts and areas of responsibility.
Here are some resources I've found recently:
Chores for Kids
From the above list, I made each of my sons their own chore chart. I laminated it so we could mark on it with dry erase markers, wipe it off, and start over. And also because I have a slight infatuation with my laminator, I have also laminated the next resource I've found.
Blitz Cleaning Cards
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What do you use to stay on top of cleaning your home? Is there something specific you do to keep the kids involved?