Should summer break mean a chore break for your kids?

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We’ve been talking a lot about summer lately, but it’s for a good reason. When summertime sets in and your kids are home every weekday from school, it can really change the way your household runs, and it can also change the chore schedule.

Let me paint the picture. Instead of getting up early every day and getting the kids out the door for school, you are now dealing with one or two scenarios.

Scenario #1: The kids still get up on their school schedule, or earlier, but instead of having something to work towards they jump directly into a loud routine of video games, television, IPad gaming or just fighting with each other.

Scenario #2: You have teens, and they decide that waking up is optional. You are lucky if they walk through their door before noon, way after everyone else has started their day.

In my house, we get a little bit of both and you might as well. One of the main things that is negatively affected by both scenarios or the many scenarios that exist outside of those is that the chore schedule can suffer greatly and quickly.

Last year we decided to let our kids have a week off in between the end of school and the beginning of a summer schedule. It seemed like a great idea at the time. One week of no nagging to make the beds or clean rooms, one week where getting up and watching TV for hours wasn’t frowned upon and one week where the kids were on vacation (it can of course be debated that they are always on vacation.)

This didn’t work and here is why. We were never able to get them into good habits. That week was alright but set a terrible precedent for them moving forward.

So this year, no break, just a first class ticket to a summer schedule.

I’m not talking about some restrictive child labor camp here, just a simple ground rule to keep our home clean and maybe a little more peaceful.

Until you’ve read for 20 minutes and made your bed, no TV, video games, going outside or really just about anything else. So if you want to get breakfast and wake up for a bit, that’s fine, but just make sure that before you start your day online or offline, get these things done.

We don’t think this is unfair, and are still awarding ChoreMonster points for the completed tasks as well. The hope is to have the kids get into good summer habits that end up lasting for the whole season, or at least most of it.

How do you keep your kids on schedule during the summer months?

SEE ALSO:
10 Summer Chore Ideas For Your Kids
3 Ways To Add ChoreMonster To Your Summer Reading Program

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