Disclosure: This post about assigning chores is the first of two sponsored posts with Haier , who provided our family with a new dishwasher.
One thing that we haven’t been great at is assigning chores for our kids. They do daily tasks like taking dirty dishes to the kitchen and picking up their toys (with prodding), but don’t have a list of regular chores to do.
With Elias turning six this past weekend and heading to Kindergarten we have been intentional about changing that trajectory.
We have given him tasks of emptying garbage pails from the bathrooms, making sure lunch boxes are put away each day, doing a good job of cleaning up and emptying the dishwasher.
I must admit, I am most excited about him starting to empty the dishwasher because that thing is the bane of my existence. It seems like the second we empty it, there are more dishes to put in. It is a never ending cycle.
Can anyone else relate?
On a good day, we empty the dishwasher first thing in the morning. We were thrilled when Haier contacted me about sending us a new dishwasher to review because our old dishwasher (that came with our house we bought in 2012) was dying. It sounded like it hated being run as much as I hated emptying it. (Review about it coming later this month, but safe to say, we love it!)
For now, Elias is pretty happy to empty the dishwasher. I mean, he’s not jumping up and down, but he is pretty pleased when he gets the racks empty and the dishes set on the counter.
I love seeing him carefully taking out the silverware and putting it in the drawer, and lifting the dishes out one by one. He’s such a joy.
In fact, yesterday he came running into the living room saying, “come see! come see!” so I could see the very empty Haier dishwasher.
It tickled me.
I’m curious, when did you (or do you plan) to start formally assigning chores with your kids? How did you stay on top of the tasks? Did your kids embrace them? Basically, any tips or shared stories about your experiences would be so helpful! This is new territory for us!
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