Bianca' from Spain asked... I like reading your blog. My three children are 10, 8, & 4. This is no a religious question. What chores do they do? Do you believe in chores for juniors?
All of the possums have chores. I believe that having responsibilities (even if they're minor responsibilities) can give a child a sense of purpose and help bond the family. Even toddlers can do simple things to help the family out (and, as long as you keep it positive and remember to commend them on their willingness and helpfulness, I don't see that there are any negatives). Owen (P4) is three. His chores are to pick up his cars and trains before he goes to sleep and pick up all the tub toys before he gets out of the tub.
Grace (P3) has is responsible for checking the bathrooms for toilet paper and stocking the cabinets where we keep that stuff. She's also supposed to keep the kids' bookshelf looking nice, but that's a tough one. She is also supposed to help the bigger kids with their chores. They're pretty good at giving her age appropriate tasks (like putting napkins at every place on the table or putting the dull silverware away).
Jake (P2) has several chores; trash duty, alternates table duty and bath duty with Alexis, reads to Owen/Grace once a day (to supplement what Mike and I do), supervise and help the little ones pick up their room, collect the recycling, and pair up the socks after they come out of the dryer.
Alexis (P1) has several chores, as well; alternates table and bath duty with Jake, cleans the kids' bathroom, keep the computer desk clean and DVDs organized, and generally help babysit the little ones if needed.
You'll notice that their rooms aren't part of the chore list. Pdaddy and I feel that their rooms are their rooms. We don't require that they clean them everyday, but we also don't help them find missing items or buy new stuff that is damaged because of their negligence. The only rule for their rooms is that there has to, at all times, be a clear path to the door and window (for safety reasons) and that they don't keep food in their rooms. Jake is better organized and cleaner than Lexi. Lexi likes her mess. About once a month, we do ask that they put everything in order so they can vacuum and dust.
We don't pay them for chores. Chores are part of life. They're part of being a member of a household. If they want to earn extra money, we always have a list of extra chores that need to be done.
Here are some funny pics, from tonight, to show P2 "on duty".
I caught him watching television while he was supposed to sort socks. LOL
Today has been fun. The kids went to my parents to pick fruit. They came back with mandarin oranges and grapefruit.
My dad's having the Gleaners come out tomorrow and pick the rest of the crop. I think the kids had eyes that are bigger than their stomachs. But, we'll make orange juice and freeze it.
I hope everyone is having a great day!