Updated: Feb 17, 2020
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In general the responsibilities charts have been working really well. Yesterday for the first time maybe ever, the kids all came in from the bus and put their things away appropriately without many reminders!
It has been much easier for the kids to get on board taking care of their own things, none of these tasks are new, and they get that they should have been doing them all along.
My 2nd grader has eagerly jumped right in to his "family responsibility" and loves taking out the recycling and is eager to start with the "extra tasks" to earn some money (coming soon to a blog near you!). Being in the "eager to please and help" phase has its advantages.
My 7th grader had a bit of a fit when she realized that she was helping clear the table and do dishes every day. I told her that we could talk about alternating jobs next week if she ends up hating it. There was a lot of back and forth about this during dinner and honestly I think I should have ignored the grumbling more. In the end it took a whopping five minutes and she did a great job!