Parents, we've got a "game" today that we think (KNOW), YOU will LOVE!
As we settle into our summer routine, no one said that it has to be all fun and games. Part of going away to summer camp is learning independence and responsibility. The daily routine at camp ALWAYS involves simple "chores." So there's no reason you can't implement these things at home.
Here are a few fun ways to get your kids to help around the house this summer:
Make a work wheel
This is what it looks like! Basically think of 5-8 jobs and assign them to your kids every day. The work wheel (or a chart) helps you to keep track of who is doing what. Some jobs can include: mail, set the table, unload the dishwasher, take out the trash, and FREE. We found this great post showing how to make an awesome work wheel for your own home!
Have daily "Cabin Cleanup"!
At camp that is ALWAYS right after breakfast. You head back for cabin cleanup and then get dressed to start the day. Spend 10-20 minutes having them clean their room or the house after breakfast.
Designate a HOPPER for every meal
HOPPER, in camp lingo, is the person who is responsible for setting the table and getting up to get anything that anyone needs during the meal.
Play the nose game!
How this works: You as the parent inconspicuously put your finger on or next to your nose during the meal. When your other family members notice, they put their fingers on their nose too. The last one to do it clears the table. At the next meal whoever cleared the plates last starts the nose game.
While camp is MOSTLY for kids, one of the best parts about it is the independence your children bring home with them. There is no reason why we can’t instill those traditional camp values right here during Camp Beyond! (You can thank us later!)