Are you still doing chores that your kids could be doing? Did you just moved your entire family into a new house and after you have finally unpacked all the boxes and organized all your belongings in the house you are still cleaning up after everyone else? Understanding that displacing your child from their previous comfort zone, you feel a sense of accountability to comfort them and help them adjust to their new setting. By doing so, you have allowed them study and leisure time while you have been making their beds, putting away their toys, cleaning their dishes and cleaning their bathrooms.
We understand the strain that comes with moving, especially moving an entire family. We have come up with ways to help delegate household chores to your kids without becoming Napoleon during and after your move.
Here’s the thing… the ugly truth about constantly obliging your kids as if they’re living in a five-star hotel is ultimately crippling their maturity process into becoming self-sufficient young adults. You do want them to move out eventually … right? The answer is… YES! However, you’re reading through this blog post as you fold the laundry. So, put the sock down, pick up the pen and map out your strategy of delegation!
The best way to delegate chores to your children around a new household is plan out a chore chart for your child that will match the décor in their room and catch their eyes. Something that is colorful, fun and interactive. The columns will represent each day of the week with a different column for those once-a-week chores that will devour too much time and need to be completed on the weekends. In the rows, itemize the chores that you wish to be completed. If your child completes their daily chores, they should earn the reward you’ve both agreed upon. Such rewards can be an extra half hour of video game play time, extra story before bed, piece of candy, etc.
Are you hesitant about this new plan of action? Don’t worry! When your kids take responsibility of their daily life tasks, you will have more free time to yourself to pursue your goals and accomplish things you did not have time to do before. Being a parent does not have to be your only dedication. You’ll see that this new discipline and chore chart will only progress your child’s life after your family relocates.