Cleaning and Growing!

Happy Monday! You've probably noticed that your house gets messy a lot faster now that everyone is home all day. You think you cleaned a room and you turnaround;how did it get messy in the 2 seconds you looked away!?If you're not already doing so, this is a good time to start implementing chores for the whole family.

JulieLythcott-Haims, author of "How to Raise an Adult" says that "household chores help kids build responsibility, autonomy, and perseverance." Harvard performed astudyshowingthat chores that contribute tothe entirehousehold (not just cleaning their room),helps kids learn to befuture successful adults by:

  1. Preparing them to contribute to future workplaces.
  1. Feeling satisfied at accomplishing a job well done.
  1. Learningto manage their time -As an adult, they will have to manage personal responsibilities along with work.
Click here to findtwochore charts I created to help keep your kids accountable. The first is with daily chores to help keep their space clean and the second is with one household chore per day so that they are contributing to the entire house. You can edit this chart to be more specific to your family's needs.

Some tips to make chores more fun as you're teaching them:

  • Turn chores into a game or a challenge.
  • Make choresa responsibility that mustbe completed before preferred activities.
  • Let them feel proud of their work, praise the positive.

I hope this is helpful to you as you'rebuilding out new daily routines for your family while we're all at home. We love you guys and will be in touch more soon!