Choose a project and work together. Break the big project into smaller “jobs” and write each one on a slip of paper. Put these in a basket and let each person draw a slip of paper to find the job they are to do to complete the project.
Project: Clean the family room.
Jobs: Organize the movies. Put away the toys. Dust the furniture. Vacuum the carpet.
Play fun music and work together. When finished, reward the crew with a trip for ice cream, or time at the park, or play a favorite game together. Working together is more fun than working alone!
OTHER PROJECT IDEAS: Cook dinner, organize the garage, make a special dessert, plant flowers in the yard, plant a garden, wash the car.
Give everyone some regular responsibility around the house. (Everyone who lives in this house helps out!) A simple chore chart posted on the pantry door will save you a lot of arguments. Whose turn is it to do the dishes? Check the chore chart. It’s not my turn to set the table! Check the chore chart. Choose a few daily chores (set the table, dishes, feed the dog, clean the bathroom, etc.) and put them on a chart. Write a person’s name beside each job and rotate the jobs each week. (I have dishes this week, but next week I have an easier job.) Give everyone a time when their chore needs to be completed.
Don’t forget to train them how to do the job you’ve given them. (To your child, doing the dishes may mean putting the dishes in the dishwasher; to you, it may mean loading the dishes and wiping out the sink.) Here’s a simple guideline:
- 1st time: You do, child watches
- 2nd time: You do, child practices
- 3rd time: Child does it, you watch
- 4th time: Child does it unsupervised
What kind of worker was Ruth? How was she rewarded?
Read Colossians 3:23-24 to see what our attitude should be while working.
Training your child to work builds self-esteem and their future mate will someday thank you!
Enjoy the Reward
Cooperate with your neighbors to have a progressive dinner. Enlist the help of three or four neighbors who want to participate. Ask one to make an appetizer, one to make a salad, one to make a main course, and one to make a dessert (or any variation of meal courses). Simple is best—crackers and cheese, raw veggies, hamburgers, spaghetti, bread, ice cream, cookies, etc.
Everyone should gather at the first house at a specific time. Go from house to house enjoying the meal.
What would have happened if one family decided they wanted to quit—they didn’t want to make food? When everyone does their part, we can all enjoy it.