Clean house? To be honest, having a dozen or so kids in the house makes messes very quick. However, we believe that a dozen kids can clean the house just as fast. Here’s what we do to utilize the man power at the Jeub home.
“Two-minute clean ups” are quite popular around here. The parent will set the timer for two minutes and start it with a “go!” Kids will run everywhere trying to find things to put away. The parent simply monitors how fast and efficient everyone is. When the two minutes are up, the kids line up and wait for the parent to call off who the “fastest” kid was. They get to sit out for the next two minutes. This naturally motivates everyone to move fast, and cleaning a disaster of a house can take less than 10 minutes sometimes.
Our chore system changes often, but there is always a consistent, daily expectation for what chores need to get done. Typically after every meal, we break for chores. We don’t pay our children for chores, as many families do, because we believe these are necessary things that they should be expected to do throughout life. Our children make money for their contributions to the family businesses, contributions that typically bring financial reward that should be compensated.