Recently our Moms Council has discussed issues like tips on , around Newport, and .
This week our moms talked about how what it takes to get the kids to do chores around the house.
In case you haven't met them yet, let us introduce you to our Moms Council:
- Abby Rowe: Abby is married and has a two-year-old daughter. She and her husband are expecting a second child this spring. Abby is the owner of Stroller Strides of Newport, a fitness program that moms can do with their babies. She is also currently serving as President of the Newport/Middletown MOMS Club.
- Naomi Neville: Naomi is married and has two girls, one who attends Underwood School and one who is in preschool. She is a member of the Newport City Council and also a registered architect in Rhode Island, running a local practice on Thames Street. Naomi has also served as Chair of Newport's Planning Board and was on the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission. She has a bachelor's from Yale University and a master's in Architecture from Columbia University.
- Lynn Ceglie: Lynne is married and has two children at Rogers High School, a daughter who is a junior and a son who is a sophomore. Lynn works for East Bay Community Action Program as a child outreach screener at Sullivan School. She is also a board member and secretary of the Newport Public Education Foundation.
- Nikki Vazquez: is married and has two children. She has been involved in a number of local initiatives, including serving as co-founder of the Newport Community Garden and chairperson for Newport in Bloom. She is also the owner of Ladies Who Lunch, a full service personal chef and events management company. Her son attends St. Michael's Country Day School.
This week's question: How old were your kids when you started delegating chores? What is the best way to make sure they’re completed?
Lynn: I suppose chores can be delegated at the age of four or five. Young children can pick up their toys, put plates on the tables, etc. The world of teenager-dom is a dicey place when it comes to chores - at least in our house. I tend to do things myself because it's easier that way....I know....not exactly "mother of the year" material....However! My kids set and clear the table and then clean up after dinner. I have to admit that I am not a great enforcer of chores J
Naomi: If people saw the inside of my house, it's clear that we have no systems in place for designated chores. But I do take advantage of the willingness to compete over whom can put out the cereal boxes or get out the silverware the quickest. At five, Gwendolyn has started to show interest in having a cleaner room and a more organized space for her homework so my plan is to help her find routines and habits so she can take control of her space and her belongings. And when she gets older, she's going to do her own laundry!