As our children grew in age and ability, pincharts (refer part 4) were gradually phased out and a new system introduced. This new system developed and demanded a mature work ethic.
Your kids may be ready to maintain household domains.
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Divide and Conquer
Divide your home and chores into "domains". List the specific responsibilities for each domain. The domains might be as follows:
Domain # 1 Kitchen and Den Christina
Daily: keep own room neat; keep kitchen and den picked up (after meal clean-up is shared with siblings); vacuum kitchen/den when needed
Weekly: dust and vacuum own room; wash own sheets and laundry; disinfect kitchen surfaces; dust kitchen/den; clean trash can; mop kitchen floor
Monthly: dejunk and mop own room; dust own baseboard and ceiling fan; clean refrigerator and oven; clean kitchen/den walls, ceiling fans and baseboards; clean kitchen/den windows
Domain # 2 Living room/ Dining room/Downstairs bathroom Emily
Domain #3 Basement/Yard/Cars John
The purpose of assigning "domains" is to encourage greater personal responsibility. There is a general schedule for chores, but each child is commissioned to take ownership of their domain. The idea is to maintain their area ofresponsibility by checking it and keeping itneat and clean ( not just carrying out specific chores morning and evening). Duties associated with a particular domain should be discussed and generally monitored until the upkeep becomes a habit.
I try to be sensitive to the time commitments and preferences of my older children when we assign domains. Some love cooking, others prefer working in the garden. However, It is in everybody's best interest to gain a variety of basic household skills so...