Category Archives: Home Management

Age Appropriate Chores for Kindergarteners

For complete printable lists of chores your kindergartener can do on his own (and another list on chores he can do with help!), click on the links below!

Age Appropriate Chores for Kindergarteners

Pin these Chores for Kindergarteners on Pinterest!

Click here for colorful, printable chore lists for toddlers through tweens.

If you want more chores, efficiency, and organization help, check out the podcast episodes listed here.

Chores: “Give” Kids Entire Responsibility When Possible

Chores: “Give” Kids Entire Responsibility When Possible

 

This post is a continuation of the “Age Appropriate Chores Series”. You can read previous posts by clicking here.

Speaking of a sense of accomplishment and pride, we found it much more effective to actually give a child a certain chore, certain area, a certain jurisdiction rather than passing out chores each day, using a job jar, etc. What I mean by this is that we taught a child to do a chore completely, and that naturally became that child’s job.

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Age Appropriate Chores for Preschoolers

For complete printable lists of chores your preschooler can do on his own (and another list on chores he can do with help!), click on the links below!

Age Appropriate Chores for Preschoolers

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Podcast Notes for “Independent Work Lists for All Ages”

Podcast Notes for: Daily Duties--Independent Work Lists for All Ages

General Tips

1. Decisions about what to include in list
2. Decisions about what type of chart or printable
3. Explain to child that this is his daily accountability
4. Reinforce that school is his occupation
5. Daytime is for learning and working; evenings are for family and fun
6. Expectation Explanation: nothing else until list is done
7. Keep charts updated and ready
8. Enlist husband’s help
9. Be sure it really is an independent list
10. Inspect what you expect.

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Age Appropriate Chores for Toddlers

Age Appropriate Chores for Toddlers

Pin this chore list on Pinterest!

Click here to buy colorful, printable chore lists for toddlers through tweens.

If you want more chores, efficiency, and organization help, check out the podcast episodes listed here.

Age-Appropriate Chore Series

Age Appropriate Chore Series

I recently published an e-book titled Age-Appropriate Chores with printable posters for each age group (containing Chores to Do With Someone and Chores to Do By Themselves). It had a forward of several pages of chore tips. It was a freebie in January but is now available at our stores for a small price.

People have been enjoying those posters, so I decided to publish shortened versions of the posters (just the Chores to Do By Themselves) on the blog and for Pinterest. With that, I am going to run several chore tip blog posts as well. So stay tuned over the next few weeks as I write about chores and as we share these colorful memes.

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Podcast: Age Appropriate Chores

Podcast: Age Appropriate Chores

Donna Reish, author of fifty language arts and writing books and the Raising Kids With Character seminar and blog, brings you this “chore” episode of Wondering Wednesday. This week Donna answers readers’ questions about age-appropriate chores. Donna introduces some keys to teaching children chores at all ages, including the importance of a set chore time, thorough training, and the difference between working with the child vs. the child working independently. Then she delves into various age groups and what are appropriate expectations for each one—with thorough, consistent training and follow up.

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Cook’s Illustrated: Two Things All People Need to Know in the Kitchen (and Two Things to Teach Our Kids)

2 Things All People Need to Know in the Kitchen

Cook’s Illustrated: Two Things All People Need to Know in the Kitchen

In a recent Cook’s Illustrated book, I read a “rule of thumb” that I have long upheld for cooks in general but especially for teaching kids to work in the kitchen.

Their thinking (and mine) is that these two “conversion skills” will lead to unlimited other conversions and understanding in the kitchen. (Yes, I did love it when I read this since I have taught my kids this for twenty years!)

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Welcome to a New Year: The Daily Duties Page

The Simplified Planner: The Daily Duties Page

On my recent podcast episode for the last Wednesday of December, I actually talk about the Daily Duties page first. I did that because I truly believe that Daily Duties are what make us the most successful in parenting, homeschooling, home management, and even entrepreneurship.

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