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As our daughter, Isabella grows up her dad and I have tried to give her age appropriate chores and responsibilities around the house. We thought we were doing an ok job with that. I knew she didn’t do a lot and made more of a mess than she was responsible for cleaning.
Over the summer though Isabella had a friend sleepover and her friend mentioned all the chores she had at home. My husband and I realized our daughter was doing way too little and so we knew that this school year things were going to change. The number of chores needed to go up as well as the types of chores needed to reflect her getting older.
So we added some chores to her list, she has to put away the clean dishes, help with taking care of the pets more, vacuum the living room more often. Then I was thinking about it and her bathroom is super small, it’s a half bath and only she uses it so she should definitely clean it on her own. So now I needed to make bathroom cleaning as simple and streamlined as possible for her.
I love putting together little cleaning kits and have one I use for the house so I went to my favorite place, Target and got a couple things to put in a mini kit for her bathroom. I wanted to get some new sponges and paper towels and cloths.
Then when I got home I put it all together in a little plastic bin I had at home and wasn’t using.
I grabbed the dish wand because I needed a new one for my kitchen and since I was already in the cleaning tool aisle why not get all the things I need for my house.
Then in her bathroom, I gave the sponges a try on her counter to show her what needed to be done in her bathroom. We got the sponge wet scrubbed it the sink and counter and then used a paper towel to dry it off. I know that’s simple enough for Isabella. So she’ll have the counter and sink to do and the mirror, her toilet and the floor. The whole task will probably not even take her 15 minutes. To be honest, I bet she will complain longer about having to do it. Then she will actually spend doing it.
Her super tiny counter, she also has shelves for her stuff to keep clean
The mini cleaning kit under the sink
There you have it. This is how we are adding more chores for Isabella. Making them simple so she can get them done on her own. It’a balance as a parent to teach them things so they will learn. Not to give them more than they are ready for. Her chore of bathroom cleaning should be no problem due to its size. I wouldn’t have her cleaning a giant master bathroom in fourth grade. She can handle this though.