As we all know, raising a family can sometimes (okay always) lead to a messy house. Once the kids get to an appropriate age, you can start having them pitch in with the work! It can be a struggle to get everyone on the same page when it comes to housework. Having a good sit-down talk with your kids and other household members is a great way to help everyone see what needs to be done!
FAMILY MEETING ALERT
When it’s time for that dreaded family meeting about chores, just remember- not everyone may have the same standards as you. A formal meeting/sit down talk can be a great way to avoid miscommunications and get everyone on the same page. Not sure what to go over for the meeting? Follow this easy and simple outline:
1. Make your needs (a cleaner house) clear. It’s best if you don’t beat around the bush or try to play nice with the fact that house is a mess and it needs to change. You don’t have to strong arm anyone (hopefully!) Just make it clear. The house will feel better when it’s cleaned and if everyone is pitching in!
2. Use a list If someone has a physical piece of paper (or an app) in front of them- it is much easier to memorize what needs to be done. I even made a simple and easy to use tracker that you can use! Just head over to My Shop and grab the family bundle!
3. Do a house walk-through This is the best way to ensure that everyone understands what each task on your list means. It’s also a really good way to see if you missed anything!
4. Use a reward system! Reward systems are great to use for motivation! There are so many different kind of rewards you can do. Money, activities, trips. Some families even use the reverse, and they take away stuff if the chore hasn’t been done. I personally don’t use it, I think it’s best to keep things in a positive frame.
With that general layout- you should have a relatively smooth family talk. Remember to be open to suggestions and comments. Maybe someone has a more efficient way of doing it?
Not sure what chores are appropriate for your different aged children? Here is a great guideline:
Remember- It’s a process. Don’t be angry or frustrated if not everyone gets it right away!
Happy Cleaning 🙂