Head llama mama, Shalayne Villarreal, knows how to run a tight ship. Here she gives us the 411 on how to keep her kiddos busy during the summer:
Summer’s here and I don’t know about you, but it is awesome for the first couple of days and then my kids realize that they are b.o.r.e.d.
They end up fighting with each other, complaining, moaning “I don’t know what to play” or expecting that every day I have something amazing (and expensive) planned for us.
I’ve tried the past two years to do summer chore charts and honestly, they have worked for maybe 2 weeks and then fizzled and died and I gave up. I was determined not to let that happen this year!
I tried to figure out what had failed the past two years and what would make it more successful for my children and me so I don’t end up nagging day after day and eventually throwing in the towel.
First things first, I set out to simplify. I don’t want to work and clean all day and I know my kids don’t either so I tried to break it down to the essentials.
What must get done each day and each week? I chose 3 core things they need to do every day that are pretty basic:
- Make Bed and Pick Up Room
- Get Ready and Brush Teeth
- Summer Workbook (a school-type workbook that just keeps them learning/writing/reading and doing math throughout the summer)
- Practice Piano
Those are the basics. Simple and easy.
Weekly Schedule for Kiddos
Second, I made a weekly schedule of one cleaning or chore-thing to do each day. I tried to make them easy to remember so some of the days use alliteration…helps with the mom brain ya know?!
Monday: It’s my laundry day so my girls need to help fold laundry and put their own clothes away.
Tuesday: Toilets! Really the whole bathroom but ‘Tuesday Toilets’ has a nice ring to it.
Wednesday: Weeding Day! We go outside and weed our flower beds and garden.
Thursday: Dusting. I give the girls swifter dusters and have them go around the house. Every other week I put a damp sock on their hands and have them wipe down the dust on the baseboards. They actually think this is fun! Another secret to dusting is to hide pennies or coins where they need to dust. If they get all the spots then the dusting gets done and they get some money for their piggy banks. My mom used to do this with me when I was little and I loved it!
Friday: Floors 🙂 We vacuum and mop.
What is really nice is that everything is usually done within 30 minutes. No one gets overloaded and it doesn’t cause burnout. Summer is time to play and we should feel a little freer so I’m sure my house could be cleaner and there are a ton more chores we could do, but this feels like a good balance for us.
Summer Chore Chart (Magnet Style)
Download the PDF: Wink Summer Chore Chart
Let your kiddos pick out their own magnet and they can be in charge of moving them over when they complete their chores. It might even turn into a fun game!
What are your summer chore chart hacks and successes?