Ready for your kids to pause the video games and pick up a broom this summer? Well, we’re not miracle workers — but this list is a great place to start!
Once summer hits, your kids get a break — but as a mom, it’s hard to catch one. Without school on the schedule, your to-do list might be more daunting than ever.
The good news? By getting kids to pitch in around the house with age-appropriate chores, you can prevent their boredom while getting a hand with housework. No matter if they’re new to the task or are old pros with a chore chart, these ideas can help everyone get involved.
Make the bed and lie in it
“I am not my children’s maid.” Repeat that five times. You can start setting expectations for everyone to make their bed in the morning and strip their sheets when it’s laundry day. Also, teach younger kids how to put clean sheets on the bed now and keep helping them until they get the hang of it alone.
So fresh and so clean
When it’s time to do laundry, get ready to enlist your troops. Identify items that can handle another wear and let the kids spritz them with Febreze Fabric Refresher. After you finish a load of laundry with Tide Laundry Detergent, put on an episode of their favorite TV show. Everyone folds until either the show or clothes are finished.
When dinner’s finished, it’s all hands on deck. Ask everyone to bring their own plates and utensils to the sink. While the adults add dishes and Cascade detergent to the dishwasher, kids can put away any condiments, ingredients and leftovers where they belong. The next day, older kids can even help unload the dishwasher!
Garbage night doesn’t have to stink
After a long day, taking out the trash is the last thing on your mind. Get it done in half the time by having younger kids collect small trash bags from bathrooms, and then getting tweens or teens to take full cans to the curb. Meanwhile, you can follow up with fresh bags in the trash cans they’ve emptied.
Hit the (dance) floor
Crank up the volume on your kids’ favorite music and let them sing and dance as they Swiffer away dust bunnies. If you take Mr. Clean Concentrated Cleaner to the floors, let the family follow your lead with towels underfoot until they are dry.
Embrace the great outdoors
Tiny hands are a big help in the garden. Consider getting kids their own set of tools and gloves to help you pick weeds and harvest homegrown vegetables. Older kids can earn their allowance by mowing the lawn and watering plants. When the work’s done, cool off with lemonade or popsicles — and maybe even a run through the sprinkler.
Time for toys
Guests are arriving soon and it looks like a hurricane ripped through the toy bin. Gather the kids, set the timer for 10 minutes and try to get everything in its place before the clock runs out. There’s nothing like a time crunch to get the job done faster!
Have a cleaner, less stressful summer
You can print it as many times as you want, write the family’s to-do list and help everyone stay on track with stamps, stickers and rewards.