What actually counts as a legitimate Child Care Chore?
Do we routinely ask our Au Pairs to do chores that are not really legitimate Child Care Chores?
HostMcMom sent me a list of things on her au pair’s ChildCare Chores list. As I looked over her list, I wondered about an item or two that I wouldn’t have included as a legitimate child care chore.
So, I’ve made us a bit of a quiz. I started with the items on HostMcMom’s list and added a few more items — some legit, some questionable. Remember that she has a baby/toddler and preschoolers. YMMV if your children are different ages.
Take the Quiz– are any of these ‘off limits’?
If you think so, tell us which ones and why!
- Make children’s beds
- Tidy/straighten their rooms (pick up/put away clothes and toys, wipe dressers and nightstands, close doors/drawers)
- Refill and clean vaporizers
- Wash sheets and change linens 1x a week
- Tidy and wipe sinks in children’s bathroom
- Mop or sweep children’s bathroom floor, as needed
- Iron daughter’s dresses
- Iron children’s pillowcases
- Check toilet cleanliness (toddlers) daily
- Refill toilet paper as needed,
- Wash and replace towels as needed.
- Occasionally wash small rugs in children’s bathroom.
- Vacuum children’s rooms once a week between cleaning service visits.
- Keep children’s closets and dressers neat and organized.
- Pack up outgrown toddler/preschooler’s clothes as needed.
- Wash, fold and put away children’s laundry
- Clean, sort and pack up for storage outgrown baby clothes
- Take outgrown clothes to donation bin at CVS
- Clean the shelves and cushion on the changing table
- Keep children’s toys and games picked up and put away and organized (make sure pieces are put away properly and not lost)
- Organize playroom as needed.
- Put away and organize children’s books
- Mix formula and prepare bottles daily; wash and sterilize bottles daily
- Prepare breakfast, lunch and snacks
- Clean and put away all food, dishes and pans from children’s meals and snacks
- Wipe table, stove and counters as needed from preparing children’s meals and snacks
- Sweep and/or mop as needed after children’s meals and snacks
- Rinse out baby food jars for recycling
- Keep the children’s coats, boots, hats, mittens, etc. organized in mud room
- Remove notes and papers from backpacks after school for me to see when I get home
- Pack backpacks with needed items for the next day
- Lay out the older children’s clothes for the next day
- Pack ‘activity’ bags for preschooler’s ballet and soccer classes
- Keep diaper bag clean, organized, packed and stocked with sippy cups, juice boxes and snacks
- Bring in sippy cups/snack trash from car daily
- Clean (vacuum and wipe inside, wash windows) the au pair car weekly (used by au pair to drive children and for personal use)
- Keep strollers crumb free and clean
Member of the family tasks:
- Help out with clearing table, doing dishes, cleaning up table/floor after dinner when she joins us.
Pitch In tasks (We want her to help occasionally, but without being asked):
- Taking out the trash and recycling,
- Vacuuming the family room and mud room rugs between cleaning service visits,
- Wiping down powder room, empty dishwasher, etc. In addition, we ask that she
- Keep her own room and bathroom clean and neat (i.e bed made, clothes put away,etc)
Image: Printable Personalized Children’s Reward/Chore Chart – Owls – Available from TagAlongAdventures on Etsy.