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  1. Rach
    January 4, 2013 @ 3:20 am

    Agree with ya 100%, and it's currently what we do at our house.
    I did learn a trick or two though…like dirtiest cloth! That will still work with mine. (I hope)
    Going to try the cute baskets too.


  2. NanaDiana
    January 4, 2013 @ 3:57 am

    Those are some great ideas, Julie- You are a smart mom and I can tell that the kids probably do a good job on a regular basis. I so agree with not using "work" for punishment.
    I have to ask-do those glass cloths actually work? xo Diana


  3. Mo
    January 5, 2013 @ 12:09 pm

    These are great tips – my girls are little (4 and 1) but the older one definitely helps with chores and some of these tips will help us and they get older. Thanks!


  4. Jennifer@ClassicStyleHome
    January 5, 2013 @ 1:59 pm

    I have three kids and they've started helping around the house lately. It's been so nice and they get better with practice. I try to correct them on only one thing at a time so they don't get defeated. I'm feeling less like a maid in my own house these days!


  5. Rob
    January 5, 2013 @ 7:20 pm

    I've just never let on to my 6 yr old son that household duties are "chores." He still thinks of them as "opportunities" to participate. We call ourselves the "Getting Stuff Done Team" and work together and keep the mood light. He loves to help cook and I work hard to ensure that minor goofs or messes don't become a stressful thing.

    And I'm emphatic that there's no such thing as jobs for men versus jobs for women. My son helps me do laundry, vacuuming, cooking and cleaning as much as he helps me with "guy stuff" like taking out trash or raking leaves.

    (As a son of a single Mom who taught herself how to be a shade-tree mechanic because she couldn't afford to pay for car repairs, I feel indebted to use every opportunity I have to squash silly gender stereotypes.)

    The main area we have some trouble with is putting away shoes and getting dirty clothes in the hamper, so I'm definitely gonna try your checklist idea!


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