I’ve had a hard time finding a chore system that works with my kids. For a while we used a chore wheel so that the kids would rotate with the different, but it just wasn’t for us.
Truthfully, I just had a hard time keeping consistent with it. Chores are not my forte.
I recently borrowed a copy of Managers of Their Chores, by the Maxwells, from a friend and have been picking out some ideas from that book. I’ve started to train the older children on some new chores and was surprised at how well they did.
They can pretty much clean the whole bathroom for me. 🙂
Did you know that you can use denture cleaner to clean toilets? Yup! No dangerous chemicals involved, so Tobi was finally allowed to use the toilet brush. Here is how both kids got the whole bathroom clean in about 7 minutes.
First, Tobi put 2 denture cleaning tablets in the toilet. They fizz up..fun! While they were fizzing, Tobi and Annie each got a cleaning rag and got it wet in the sink.
Tobi started wiping down the sink and counter. He really impressed me! He was lifting everything off the counter and wiping underneath it all!
I stuck Annie in the tub and she wiped down the corners of the tub and wall, then as high up on the walls as she could reach. She could also wipe the tub faucet.
When Tobi was done with the sink and counter, he got to scrub the toilet.
Annie then used her cloth to wipe the baseboards and the bathroom doorknob, and Tobi wiped off the top of the toilet seat and the tank. I moved our toilet stool out of the way, and Tobi used his cloth to wipe the bottom of the toilet and the floor around it while Annie washed the stool itself.
Granted, it wasn’t a complete job. The window and mirror weren’t washed, and I didn’t sweep or mop the floor. But overall, not bad for a quick job from a 2 and 4 year old!