This question popped up once or twice when I asked for blogging ideas, so here’s what we do currently. The list changes about every 3 months. This is more often than hubby and I prefer, but not nearly as often as the children would like.
- Deanna (16yo): clean & straighten living room; plan and cook dinner; rinse dinner dishes; iron
- Kaitlyn (14yo): burn trash; clean & straighten dining room; put away clean dishes; iron
- Lydia (13yo): Lydia has requested all outdoor and animal duties: feed & water animals (chickens, dogs, cat); keep yard picked up; take out compost; “first shift” on dinner dishes (clear & wipe counters, put away leftovers, set up coffee for following morning); iron
- Megan (11yo): clean & straighten bathroom and kitchen; wash dinner dishes; iron
- Natalie (9yo) & Becca (8yo): hang all laundry to dry; sort and fold dry laundry, put away towels and diapers; clean & straighten laundry room; breakfast & lunch dishes; clear & wipe table after dinner.
- Rachael (5yo): clean and straighten deck (under Lydia’s supervision); help clear table after dinner.
- Perry (3yo): empty small trash cans in bedrooms.
The kids also put away their own laundry and are responsible to keep their bedroom clean.
8yo Becca very often volunteers to cook breakfast. She made pancakes this morning.
Deanna often has help with dinner. Her primary duty is to plan and prepare a main dish.
This list is not comprehensive: some people regularly help above and beyond the scope of their daily chores, and I have no reservation about making “extra” requests of anyone and everyone when the need arises. The sentence, “But that’s not my job” is a capital offense in our house. We used to have more children, but had to make examples of some.