(Inside: You’ve got to check out the Homey app for helping your kids do their chores! Its perfect for teaching kids responsibility with chores!)
I didn’t grow up doing chores. At all.
Once my dad made a chore sheet for us.
I was supposed to sweep the floors M/W/F and clean the bathrooms T/Th.
That happened for two weeks before the whole system was forgotten.
As a result?
Laundry is literally the only chore I do consistently.
Chris does 90% of the cleaning. Thank goodness he loves cleaning.
But I knew that I wanted to have some consistent chores for my kids.
I don’t want my kids going to college without knowing how to do their laundry or clean the dishes!
But I needed some help.
If I don’t remember to clean, how can I expect the kids to?
That’s why I love Teaching Responsibility With the Homey Chore App!
Encouraging Responsibility with a Chore App
With an app to track chores, it became easy for our entire family to become a bit more responsible when it comes to picking up around the house.
My husband, who tends to be the one who picks up the slack, is thrilled with the help!
Why Our Kids Do Chores
I think it’s important for kids to learn responsibility and valuable life skills by completing chores.
One day our kids will grow up and live in their own houses. They’ll have spouses.
I don’t want them to be the “me” in a marriage and make their partner do all the cleaning!
It also helps us to encourage responsibility by giving them a job that they do independent of mom and dad. Since we homeschool they don’t have typical “homework” to keep track of, so chores are a good replacement.
Teaching Our Kids to Do Chores Independently
One of the most important things about teaching our kids chores is helping them learn to do them independently.
We’re all busy people.
Chris and I work from home. We homeschool. We have five kids.
We need the kiddos to take responsibility for their chores, and with the app, it’s so much easier!
We take a few steps to teach the kids to do chores independently.
- Show them the chore
- Have them help you with the chore
- Supervise them doing the chore independently
- Set them up for success
Once you know that they can do the chore independently, you want to make sure your kids are set up for success.
What does that mean?
We make sure that they have reminders, clear expectations, and a valid incentive.
Using the Homey App with Our Kids
The first thing I love about the Homey App is that it gives the kids reminders of their daily chores.
So even if I forget that we need to pick up the toys every day before dinner, the kids have a reminder to get the job done!
I also love the ability to set clear expectations with the kids’ chores.
I remember as a kid with executive functioning issues, hearing “clean your room” seemed impossible. What does that mean anyways?
With the Homey App I can break chores into manageable chunks.
Make your bed, put toys in the toy box, clear the table, etc.
Beyond that, you can even have a picture in the app that shows what it should look like when a chore is done to your standards.
We also make sure the kids have an incentive for completing their chores responsibly.
Each child gets one quarter per week per year they’ve been alive for completing their daily chores.
The Homey app even lets you track the money your kids are earning, and has the capability to automatically transfer money to an account for your child.
We also offer up extra chores via the app, like shoveling snow with dad, to earn extra money each week.
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