Starting Chores Young
I suck at cleaning. I never really had to clean as a child. Seriously my mother cleaned my room until I was about 16 years old. I know, pathetic right? But it’s the truth. Even with the “chores” we had, they weren’t consistent what so ever. Also let me tell you that being a stay at home mom who’s job it is to clean and take care of the house, BLOWS. (Well in the cleaning aspect. I love staying with the kiddies most days.)
I don’t want to Landon and Emmie be that way with cleaning. Sure they may never enjoy it but at least being able to get it done without quitting half way through would be great.
The way we have gotten them to do it is with bribery essentially. Along with telling them what to clean and where to put it, they only get new toys when they have worked for the money. The exception to that of course is birthdays and Christmas. If it isn’t one of those two occasions then we aren’t at the store buying them toys.
I went to a learning store and bought a set of fake money and coins. Every time that Landon or Emmie, usually Landon, cleans, we add to his stash. Since we don’t usually have cash on hand, I’ve found that this works as a great visual to how much he has at any given time. If he cleans up the toys in the living room and his bedroom then he’ll get a dollar. If he only does one then he get fifty cents.
Emmie is still young and doesn’t help very often. Since that’s the case she doesn’t get a whole lot of new toys very often. I figure it will be about another year until she really cares.
After each time Landon cleans, we go over how much he has. Once we count it out, we talk about how much he needs until he can go to the store and grab it. Because of this he is actually really good at finger math. If he gets something in 5 cleans, he can tell me afterwards that he needs only four cleans now.
I’m not sure if that skill is repetition in teaching or if he genuinely knows it but either way it’s a great skill to know! All in all starting the chores early has been really helpful in getting them to pick up and with early math skills.