Chores for My Boys

Now that the 2009/2010 school year is upon us we are now back into a routine, which makes it easier for me to add 1 chore a day to the after school routine.  The boys are now 8  years old (3rd grade), 5 years old  (Kindergarten), and 3 years old  (Pre-school) so I have to find age appropriate chores for them to do and this is what I came up with:

3rd Grader bi-weekly chores:

  • Monday:  change bed sheets OR clean sinks & mirrors in their bathroom
  • Tuesday:  put clothes away that have been washed & folded OR mop bathroom floors
  • Wednesday:  garbage collection OR sweep garage
  • Thursday:  sweep basement OR sweep bedroom
  • Friday:  mop laundry room (done weekly)

Kindergartener bi-weekly chores:

  • Monday:  sweep laundry room OR change bed sheets
  • Tuesday: put clothes away that have been washed & folded OR sweep bathroom floors
  • Wednesday:  garbage collection OR sweep front porch
  • Thursday:  sweep basement OR sweep bedroom
  • Friday:   sweep laundry room (done weekly)

Preschooler weekly chores:

  • Monday: clean the doorknobs with Clorox wipes
  • Tuesday:  dust where the wall meets the hardwood floor
  • Wednesday:  sweep laundry room
  • Thursday:  dust family room at his level OR dust the sides of the steps
  • Friday:  tidy up playroom & bring all migrated toys back to the playroom

Daily Chores:

  • setting the table
  • sweeping the kitchen floor after lunch or supper
  • unload the dishwasher

All dusting, mopping, and sweeping are done with Swiffer products that are perfect for little hands, and I happen to like using them myself.  Here’s one of many sites that have coupons for Swiffer products:  Or just type “swiffer coupons” in any search engine and a variety of sites will pop up!

The boys are learning how to work with one another when floors get swept & then mopped.  As you can see on Friday the older boys have to work together to get the job done.  This is is teaching them teamwork, patience, and much much more.

I look at my boys as if I’m raising potential husbands.  Hopefully my future daughter-in-laws will appreciate it, and my boys will be proud of the helpful husbands they have become.  Furthermore, I’m not a maid.  I’m a Mother and I’m here to teach and prepare my boys for their future.

What products are easy for your kids to use when they help you clean?  I love new ideas!!

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6 Responses to Chores for My Boys

  1. juliemarg says:

    Hi Sherry,

    I love this — those boys are going to know how to take care of themselves – whether as husbands or bachelors.

    I hope to see you again in Chicago for SOBCON. Wasn’t it fun!?!


  2. Rachel says:

    Great list! I really should have chores broken up by days as well!

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  4. Kat says:

    Great chore lists! And yes your future daughter-in-law’s are going to luuuuve you!

  5. Ticia says:

    This is a great breakdown of when to do the chores. My kids also unload the dishwasher at our house.

  6. Sherry says:

    I’m the mom of a first grader and a preschooler, and I love this post!! Since having two boys, I’ve said that I will have a daughter-in-law picking out my nursing home. I agree with Kat–they’ll love me, and hopefully, pick a nice nursing home! : )

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