Kids, Chores, and Cleaning. When Spring Cleaning and Family Meet!
I spent years feeling overwhelmed and not good enough when it came to my home. I wanted one of those picture perfect squares of my beautiful home and my kids playing with wood toys in a Pinterest perfect moment. There is nothing wrong with having a home where those sorts of moments live, if it brings you joy and makes you feel fulfilled.
But, it made me feel like I couldn’t breath and like I was in a constant state of drowning. I realized when I was trying to frantically do it all, I wasn’t made for it ALL. ALL was going to drown me. There was ALL-ways something dirty, something to clean, a child that was crying, and another that needed to be changed. Anyone else been there?
There was always more homework, housework, and something breaking down. There was ALL-ways something and all I did was take on more and more. A fear built up in me that if I didn’t do it all, it wouldn’t be done right. So scrubbed, baked food that was super healthy (that my kids didn’t eat), I cloth diapered, made things from scratch, ran an etsy shop, and popped out three babies. Ya’ll, no matter what I was going to try to do it all.
Then one day I watched as my oldest, a school age child, finish an apple sauce package and drop it straight to the ground. I realized in that moment I was failing my kids. In my constant need for a pretty perfect home I had forgotten to teach them the most important thing, to clean up after themselves! Here I was feeling like I was doing everything to create a perfect world for my kids and all I did was set them up to be un-productive.
I started realizing my need to control the home was going to wreck our house. I saw my kids trashing the home and not realizing how much actually went into keeping it clean. It was hard to figure out what they could do. What was age appropriate for them and what was asking too much.
After way too much time on Pinterest looking for chore charts and chore ideas for kids (and honestly a few new boards full of clothing inspiration and master bedroom makeovers) I didn’t really find something that worked for me. So I made something that worked for us! We started by printing a blank chore list for each kid. Depending on their ages we started with either one chore or three. Then added something new till we had a good daily list for them.
It was really great to see each kid start to take over their own chores. My oldest even started reading off the younger kids chores for them!
Maybe I’ll get that Pinterest perfect square anyways. Maybe I’ll just get kids that grow up and be able to adult. That would be pretty great too.
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