I strongly feel that a rhythm that benefits the whole family includes time for chores that involves the children. Whether they are simply playing nearby, imitating the chores with their own brooms and rags, or actually taking part, children benefit tremendously. They feel calmed by the consistent rhythm and clean environment, and grow to understand the hard work that taking care of a home requires.
Furthermore, they are almost always interested in helping and learning how to care for their home. Everett often helps with chores, such as vacuuming, unloading dishes, putting away laundry, and picking up during our "cleaning hour" every evening.
Recently, both the boys delighted in helping scrub the art room and kitchen floors, which turned into an opportunity to scrub anything Everett could get to with his little scrubbie. He loved it and keeps asking to do it again.
He also used the big mop to dry the floor while Kellan played on the wet parts.
And, of course, Kellan eventually made his way to the bowl of soapy water and scrub brush. What a sensory experience!
Chores are so much more fun when the boys are involved. If scrubbing the floors is like this all the time, I may end up with some really clean floors!