Mothers meltdown when they’re stressed, overworked, and exhausted. When patience flies out the window, rage stomps through the door. The yelling begins.
- “Who left their dirty dishes in the sink?”
- “Who spilled juice all over the floor?”
- “Who left their bike in the rain?”
- “You kids are so lazy!”
- “Get in here and clean this mess up!”
Who can blame frazzled moms? They’re out of patience, energy, and practical solutions. Yelling comes easy and it works when kids jump up to help.
But when rage happens too often, kids get used to it. They stop jumping up. They pout and fume inside. They blame the yeller.
Unless moms solve the problems with a practical plan, rage will stamp out good will and everyone will be angry. Home life becomes miserable.
Problem Solving Plan for Kids' Chores:
Write chores on separate cards for each child to complete before dinner. Lay the cards on the kitchen counter. You can make chore cards for different days of the week or for regular daily chores.
Lined 4" X 6" Chore Cards work well too. They don't have to be fancy.
Sample Chores for Kids:
- Clean sink and counter after snacks.
- Do homework.
- Make bed.
- Put toys away.
- Feed animals.
The chores you choose are up to you. Why not involve the kids in creating the list at a family meeting? When kids have input, they're more likely to cooperate.
You may even choose to create a chore card for after dinner cleanup.
- Clear table.
- Put leftovers away.
- Scrape dishes.
- Put dishes in dishwasher.
- Empty Garbage.
- Don't add so many chores that kids can't relax or play. They need both.
- Avoid discouraging your child by adding chores that are too difficult.
- Let teachers know when their homework load is turning your child's love for learning into hate for school.
Advantages of Chore Cards:
The beauty of Chore Cards is parents don't need to remind kids what to do. Kids just look at the cards and complete the tasks on their own time.
Chore Cards are an easy way to build a family team and teach kids the skills they need for life.
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