Real Jobs for Enterprising Moms

Real Jobs for Enterprising Moms Preview

Yes, you can make legitimate income from home! Download my free guide to discover your money making style and the resources you need to get started today!

Psst! This post may contain affiliate links. I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, for purchases made through links in this post. Please read my full disclosure for more information.

5 Fun and Easy Ways to Teach Chores to Your Children

You’re a mom, not a maid! Cleaning up together is a healthy part of family life. The sooner your children learn how to do chores, the better. You can teach chores to your children in these 5 fun and easy steps. #parenting #cleaning #chores #family #Homemaking #lifeskills

Why Should You Teach Chores to Your Children?

I’ll never forget the day I was browsing threads in an online mommy group. I stopped scrolling when I noticed a lengthy thread with hundreds of replies. It didn’t take long to realize why it was so popular! One exasperated mama was asking for help to get her 13-year-old to do chores. Initially, the other moms assumed the teen was simply being rebellious until her mother confessed that this was the first time she’d ever asked her daughter to do a chore. 

That’s right – she’d never once tried to teach chores to her daughter before, and now she simply expected her to start doing them.

Her child thought she was joking, so she refused, which is a perfectly normal thing to do. Why should she think her mom was being serious when her mom had played the maid her entire life?

Like most of the other moms in the thread, I shared how I had taught my children to begin doing chores at a young age. In fact, the very first exposure my children have with a chore is when they are under a year old.

The first chore my husband and I share with our children is how to clean up the crumbs that spilled beneath their highchair after a meal time.

It’s a lot of fun! We all get on the floor and pick up bits of food together before depositing it into the trash. We laugh, sing, and make a game of it. We give our babies a lot of praise which helps them to look forward to our new post-meal time activity.

And that is one of the primary reasons to teach chores to your children – so they will learn that belonging to a family involves teamwork.

Other important reasons to teach chores to your children are:

  • To equip them with life skills

  • To foster self-reliance and independence

  • To demonstrate how to be considerate towards others

  • To train them to have a good attitude about work

  • To help them establish a daily routine

  • To encourage good stewardship of their belongings

  • To support the development of gross and fine motor skills

It’s a mistake to assume a child will magically absorb how to properly perform a task if they’re never taught what to do, so you must be intentional about providing chore lessons.

Here are some easy steps to take so you can teach chores to your children.

Step 1: Teach Chores Consistently

Once you decide to introduce chore to your children, make it a regular part of your home routine.

Ideally, chores should be a daily part of your child’s life. Messes are a part of daily living, so cleaning should also be a part of daily living.

Start off with simple, age appropriate tasks such as putting dirty clothes into the hamper or returning toys to their bins.

Use a timer to encourage your child to be efficient during chore time and to signal that chore time is over. When it feels like a chore is taking a long time to do, it can be demotivating for young children.

“And that is one of the primary reasons to teach chores to your children – so they will learn that belonging to a family involves teamwork.  “

From Bread Baker to Bread Maker

In this free course, I’ll show you how to jumpstart your transition from stay at home mom to work at home mom. You’ll receive valuable insights and resources right in your inbox. Get started now!

Step 2: Teach Chores Step-By-Step

The first chores you teach to your child should involve a minimal number of steps. As your child demonstrates more advanced motor skills and the ability to understand more detailed instructions, it’s time to move on to more complex chores.

Let your child watch as you complete the chore. Be sure to move slowly and explain each step you’re doing

Give them an opportunity to perform the same step with your help (place your hands over theirs if needed) and be patient as they do their best.

Your child won’t absorb all this information in a single lesson. Expect the repeat the steps of each chore over and over until your child has mastered the skills.

Why Working as a Virtual Assistant is the Perfect SAHM Side Hustle

Hey, mamas! Life is too precious and your time is too valuable to waste it by earning chump change. If you’re sick of plugging away at surveys and micro tasks, it’s time to launch a real business (not that MLM your cousin’s neighbor’s best friend keeps pestering you to join!) As a virtual assistant, YOU make the rules. Work as much or as little as you please with clients who are the right fit for your personality and skillset. Discover how to earn $25+/hour from day ONE and scale your efforts into the business you’ve been longing to create (no babysitter required!)

How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome

Imposter Syndrome is a thief of dreams, but you don’t have to let it rob you of yours. Discover how to overcome Imposter Syndrome and achieve your goals.

Keeping Love Alive: Introducing the Love Nudge app!

Ever feel like your relationship has gone flabby? Tone it up with LoveNudge, the fitness app for relationships!

Become a Badass at Sales and Discovery Calls in a Single Day

Finally, land the deals your business deserves with this incredible mindset training. Your prospects already know you’re amazing. All you’ve got to do to seal the deal is affirm their belief in you. Discover how to do this and more in a single day with Badass Sales and Discovery Calls.

21 Reflections On My Work At Home Mom (WAHM) Journey

Becoming a Work At Home Mom (WAHM) is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It’s a blessing to be present with my family while pursuing entrepreneurship. From the beginning, choosing to work has been about much more than money. Working at home has been a challenging endeavor that has helped me to rediscover who I am. Recently, I spent some time reflecting on exactly how my life has changed since I began this journey. Here are a few of the realizations I had.

How to Create Your Business Website the Easy Way

If you’re serious about making money online, you’ve got to take care of the first step: build your own website. There are hundreds of ways to earn legitimate income online, but there is only one way to build a solid foundation for an online business.

Whether you want to make money blogging, selling physical products, or offering services, investing in your own website is key to being taken seriously and having complete control over your business destiny.

Creating Your Digital Home

Building your own digital home is necessary to be free from the constraints of other platforms that only allow you to “rent” space with no guarantee of a return.

Why We’ve Chosen to Homeschool

We’re often asked why we homeschool our children. Here are some of the main reasons this decision has been one of the best ones we’ve made for our family.

Do It Like Buzzfeed: Captivate Your Audience with Quizzes

Quizzes are a fun and engaging way to perform the market research you need to create loyal customers. Use Interact to create your own lead generating quiz.

Launch From Scratch – Essential Business Tools

In order to successfully run a home business, you need the right tools. In part 6 of the Launch From Scratch series, I’m sharing my favorite business tools that I use daily to make my home business hum.

9 Work At Home Careers for Opt-Out Mamas

Whatever their reasons for abandoning professional life, some Opt-Out Mamas later regret their decision to go full-time Stay At Home Mom. If you’ve been dreaming of working from home, but you think it’s impossible to reenter the workforce as a professional services provider, think again.

The Power of Saying No

True self-care isn’t about scented candles, massages, and bubble baths.. If you want to take good care of yourself, start saying “No” every chance you get.

Starting A Home Business

Starting a Home Business: Foundations Psst! This post may contain affiliate links. I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, for purchases made through links in this post. Please read my full disclosure for more information. What Bakers Know About Starting...

Learning to Love Your Family: Reflections on Titus 2

Loving your family isn’t something that will come naturally to you. This is a skill that comes as the result of following sound, Biblical principles. Here are some reflections on Loving Your Family according to Titus 2 based on what I’ve learned thus far in my own marriage.

How to Reenter the Workforce After Being a Stay At Home Mom

It’s not impossible to reenter the workforce after an extended absence due to motherhood, but you will require a solid strategy. Being a Stay At Home Mom is one of the most challenging and most rewarding jobs in the world, but potential employers won’t see it that way.

Your children are growing so fast! Soon, they’ll be grown with families of their own. Slow down the clock a bit with these 24 activities designed to strengthen the bond between you and your children. These ideas are great whether you have toddlers, teens, and anyone in between under your roof! #parenting #family #play #relationships #children #2019

Step 3: Equip and Supervise

Once your child can independently handle the steps of a chore, simply equip your child and supervise them.

One great way to do this is to provide specific chore baskets for each room of the house. This way, your child can instantly find the supplies needed to get the job done.

Another way to do this is to be present at a central location during chore time, such as a hallway closet, so you can distribute supplies and collect them after your children complete their tasks.

If your child is old enough to clean using chemicals, watch to make sure they are using them properly. Check that they are wearing the proper equipment (gloves, apron, goggles, face mask, etc.), that they don’t leave chemicals unattended or in the reach of younger siblings, and that they are careful to remove the chemicals from the surfaces where they are used.

If your child is old enough to use heavy or electric tools, be ready to step in to plug and unplug cords or to assist in the event your child needs help handling the equipment (such as a vacuum.)

Step 4: Provide Printed Instructions for Future Reference

Without frequent reminders, children can forget what they have been taught. Make it easy for your child to know exactly what they must do during chore time by providing printed chore lists.

There are several ways to do this:

  • You can make lists using words or pictures.

  • You can make lists that are specific to each room of the house.

  • You can make lists that are specific to each child.

  • You can make lists that are specific to the day of the week.

  • You can make lists that are specific to particular routines (e.g. morning chores vs. evening chores)

In our home, I include chores on the printed morning routine lists I’ve made for each of my children. I also have a clipboard with bonus chores for my children to complete during times of the day when there are no structured events scheduled (such as in between breakfast and homeschool or after school and before dinner.)

Note: Printed lists are not a substitute for adult supervision. Make sure you are present during chore time whether to provide assistance or to verify that tasks have been properly completed.

Step 5: Reward Your Child

Even though each member of your family has a responsibility to participate in keeping your home clean, it’s still a good idea to reward your children for a job well done.

The simplest way to reward your child is with praise. Let them know how much you appreciate their efforts! Compliment them as their skills improve and as they take initiative to complete tasks without being prompted.

Give cuddles, tousle their hair, offer a fist bump, pat them on the back, or simply say thank you!

You can even set up a sticker chart system to reward your child with privileges after they’ve completed a set number of tasks for the day or the week. We love using this magnetic chore tracking chart with our kids! It’s a great visual motivator for small children.

If you’re comfortable with paying your children to do chores, pay them daily or weekly for tasks.

We pay our children a few cents for a some of their chores such as the ones listed on the bonus chore list and a few of their daily chores. Other chores are expected to be completed without pay.

We like to pay our children to do some of their chores so they learn that earning money is a result of working hard. Paying our children for their chores also provides us with opportunities to teach lessons about spending and saving (more on that in a future post!)

Teaching Chores Doesn’t Have to Be a Chore!

When you teach chores to your child, use it as a fun bonding opportunity! Start your chore lessons as early as possible with your children so that they become accustomed to doing them. Teaching simple, consistent, step-by-step lessons will help your children to develop a variety of skills while having fun making memories with you.

In your opinion, what is the best age to begin teaching chores to a child? Share your thoughts in the comments!

You’re a mom, not a maid! Cleaning up together is a healthy part of family life. The sooner your children learn how to do chores, the better. You can teach chores to your children in these 5 fun and easy steps. #parenting #cleaning #chores #family #Homemaking #lifeskills

If you liked this post, please share it with your friends!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This
%d bloggers like this:

Welcome, mama! By staying on this site, you agree to the use of cookies. Click the "READ ME!" link then hit "ACCEPT" to get rid of this message. READ ME!

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close