To whoever had that brilliant thought and posted it on the grand inter web might I say to you....#challengeaccepted.
The combination of four little kids + homeschooling means that our home is ground zero for chaos and destruction every. single. day.
Gosh Katie who did you get to illustrate this thing? I know it's pretty awesome. I am in fact for hire, just give me a call. But hey, simple works. 3 chores, 3 kids. They rotate daily, so I just move their magnet up and down the line.
Feeding the dog - seriously, I have enough mouths to feed around here.
Sweeping the floor - the amount of crumbs that cover the floor after one meal is mind-boogling. I thought having to sweep might incentivize the kids to minimize their crumb-making, but so far no luck. Whatever kids, it's your life.
Emptying the dishwasher - I am great at filling it up and pushing the green button that makes it go. Emptying it out? Not so much. Kids to the rescue! Even Ben at age 3 is completely capable of stacking plates, bowls and cups on the counter below the cabinet they belong in. Anything in a lower cabinet they all know how to put away flawlessly. Even though this is the job that takes the longest, I can see in their eyes a real sense of pride when they finish. This isn't some fluff chore, this is REAL work.
We do pay the kids for these chores. Each kid gets 25 cents on Saturday if they did their chores throughout the week. 75 cents a week for never having to feed the dog, empty the dishwasher or sweep the floor seems fair enough to me. The kids are also required to do other things simply for the privilege of living here. These include brushing their teeth, making their beds, putting away their laundry and cleaning up the playroom and their bedroom (yes singular as in, the three big kids all share one bedroom) at the end of the day.
P.S. Check out the new pictures on the FAMILY page at the top of the blog!! If you're reading this in your email, click on over to the blog for some eye candy. So fun :)