Picture this: It’s Saturday morning and you’re assigning chores to your kids before they scatter for playdates and practices. You give them a few jobs each, cross your fingers that the jobs will get done, and leave them to it while you go shower/do laundry/get other things done. Once they’re finished, you find that many of the chores were only partially done-or done wrong. You pull your kids in from playing and demonstrate how to do the chores correctly…only to show them again next time. And the next time.

I totally understand. I went through this same song and dance week after week with all four of my kids. No matter how many times I walked through the chores with them, they would inevitably miss a step (or several steps) and leave them only half completed, and me dragging them in from playtime to redo their chores. I was frustrated, my kids were frustrated, and I resolved to find a solution.

I searched high and low, hoping to find that perfect product that would help make chore time successful, but all I could find were sticker charts and gold stars, which were not the answer to my problem. Then one day as I was walking through the steps of cleaning a toilet (again) with my daughter, it came to me. The part that was missing from every chore method out there- the visual steps of doing the chores. I grabbed my camera and started photographing each step of each chore we were doing that day. It took several months, but I was able to create a visual chore guide for every chore in our house.

Chore time is now quick, efficient, and best of all- done correctly! I am no longer micromanaging, double checking, or hovering over my kids during chore time. On chore day I divide the guides up into piles based on which chores need to be completed that week, and I hand a pile to each child. They take their guides around the house with them and complete each step as outlined in front of them.

As I’ve shared my story and experience with other moms, the response has been the same-that this is the step we have all been missing. If you are looking to streamline chore time with your kids, I encourage you to check out the chore guides in my shop and try them out with your family.

Picture this: It’s Saturday morning and you’re assigning chores to your kids before they scatter for playdates and practices. You give them a few jobs each, cross your fingers that the jobs will get done, and leave them to it while you go shower/do laundry/get other things done. Once they’re finished, you find that many of the chores were only partially done-or done wrong. You pull your kids in from playing and demonstrate how to do the chores correctly…only to show them again next time. And the next time.

 

I totally understand. I went through this same song and dance week after week with all four of my kids. No matter how many times I walked through the chores with them, they would inevitably miss a step (or several steps) and leave them only half completed, and me dragging them in from playtime to redo their chores. I was frustrated, my kids were frustrated, and I resolved to find a solution.

 

I searched high and low, hoping to find that perfect product that would help make chore time successful, but all I could find were sticker charts and gold stars, which were not the answer to my problem. Then one day as I was walking through the steps of cleaning a toilet (again) with my daughter, it came to me. The part that was missing from every chore method out there- the visual steps of doing the chores. I grabbed my camera and started photographing each step of each chore we were doing that day. It took several months, but I was able to create a visual chore guide for every chore in our house.

Chore time is now quick, efficient, and best of all- done correctly! I am no longer micromanaging, double checking, or hovering over my kids during chore time. On chore day I divide the guides up into piles based on which chores need to be completed that week, and I hand a pile to each child. They take their guides around the house with them and complete each step as outlined in front of them.

As I’ve shared my story and experience with other moms, the response has been the same-that this is the step we have all been missing. If you are looking to streamline chore time with your kids, I encourage you to check out the chore guides in my shop and try them out with your family.