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Kids on Wednesday: helping out around the yard

Hi friends,

Summertime and the chore list for your kids can get outside!

Here are a list of things that your kids can do to help you outside these days – make it fun by having an outside job jar or bingo sheet to cross off.

– Clean up dog poop

– Water the garden/trees

– Sweep off the porches/decks

– Pull weeds

– Hose off the house/decks/porches

– Clean up the shed/garage

– Cut the grass

Have fun with it!
Amy

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Kids on Wednesday: Double chores for double money summer

Hi friends,

It’s summertime for real, and in this house, that means double chores for double money.

DOUBLE CHORES FOR DOUBLE MONEY – SUMMER 2015

For allowance on a regular month, the boys have regular chores and they are paid their usual amount.  For example, Max is 11, and his regular chores are: cleaning the bathroom once a week, cleaning the yard of dog poop once a week, swiffering the floor once a week, doing his laundry once a week, feeding the dog in the morning every day and letting him outside, and setting the dinner table daily.  Then, I pay him his age ($11) bi-weekly.

In the summer, I offer them a chance to earn double chores for double money.  So, then, Max has to agree to do the additional chores on the pic attached plus his regular chores, in exchange for being paid each week.  The catch is that he has to choose a goal to save for in advance and that the money he earns each week has to be saved until the end of the summer, when he can buy his goal item(s).

It’s a fun project, this is our fourth summer of double chores, and this year Max is saving for roller blades and Nick for a scooter.  The added lesson to this is that the boys really cherish and care for the items that they work so hard to save for.

Amy

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Kids on Wednesday: Picking up the slack

Hi friends,

We’ve had illness and grief in our house this year, and this can really mess with the running of a household.  Daily chores, cooking and laundry sometimes seem like insurmountable tasks.  This is when the kids can really help, and feel valuable, with clear, concise instruction that is age appropriate.

When things go wrong in life, parents usually don’t communicate much about it to their children, and also when the routine goes off the rails as well, it can leave the young ones feeling really out of control and uncomfortable.

A way to let them help, and feel empowered, is to give them jobs to help in the daily running of the house, and explain how it will help you.  Little guys can help wipe down the table and counters after meals.  Not so little guys can take out the garbage, help with meal prep and clean bathrooms.  Teens can do all of that plus help grocery shop, run errands, and cook.

Empower your kids to help pick up the slack around the house in times of trouble, and their healthy habits will continue through the good times as well.

Amy

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