Simple chores allow everyone in the household to contribute.  Summer break is a wonderful time to teach your children new chores & tasks that can help them be more independent and contribute to the family.  Find out how you can handle chores in your home this summer.  



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Episode 65 - Chores During Summer Break - How to Keep Your Sanity this Summer and Encourage Independence for Your Kiddos with Chores





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Simple chores. Allow everyone in the household to contribute. Summer break is a wonderful time to teach your children new chores and tasks that can help them be more independent and contribute to the family all year long. Find out how you can handle chores in your home. This summer on episode 65 of the intentional edit podcast.


Hey friends, quick tips that make a big impact in your daily life are my favorite ways to implement systems around the house. I’ve been sharing easy strategies and my go-to organizing products for tip Tuesday on the intentional at Instagram feed for a few years. Now I’m excited to bring it to the podcast with short episodes, answering your questions every Tuesday. If you want me to answer your questions, go to the podcast page on intentional, and submit your questions there. Let’s get started on this tip Tuesday episode of the intentional edit podcast.


Hey there, mama. Thanks for joining me for this tip Tuesday episode. I can’t believe I am sitting here recording episode 65. Seems like I just launched this podcast and here we are already at 65 episodes. Thank you for joining me and listening to all of these. I appreciate it. And I really love getting to connect with you through Instagram, Facebook, all of that. And I’ve really been encouraged and enjoyed helping so many of you in one-on-one coaching sessions. I know you get a lot out of these because the feedback is incredible, but I get a lot out of these too. And I learn from every one of you. If you are struggling and feeling overwhelmed with what life responsibilities are, just basic things like laundry dishes, clutter in your home, feeling like you’re not organized or that you’re scrambling all the time. Feeling like you don’t have systems in place or good routines or structure within your house.


And you know, there’s more, but you don’t know how to get there. If you have a lot of clutter, you have too much stuff and you just don’t know what to do or how to organize it, but go one on one coaching session with me, I have some fun things coming out in the next couple of months. You’ve been asking for these I’m listening. I’m creating tons of resources for you and opportunities for you to get to tackle some of this stuff like clutter and organizing every room of your house and creating systems. Look forward to that kind of stuff coming out. I’ll talk more about that in the upcoming weeks, I would love to help you right now, book a one on one coaching session with me. I am adding as many sessions as I possibly can for hours in the day, because you’re asking for these and I want to help you.


I know this is important. This is why I started this podcast. I want to help you simplify so you can live a life that you truly love and that isn’t overwhelming and stressful all the time. Go to intentional,, click on the coaching section at the top of the page. And you can book a coaching session with me. I have all kinds of different hours during the summer because I travel. We have different schedules, just like you do. So I have plugged in, even when I have time for one coaching session here or there in between things or carpool schedules or any of that, I’m at the availability when I can. And I have coaching sessions available right now. So intentional, click on that coaching tab at the top of the page, book, a session so that we can simplify and help you create a life that you love and reduce some of that stress in your home.


Now let me answer this listener question that came in. It says my husband thinks the kids deserve a summer break and I shouldn’t make them do chores and teach them new ones. He asked me why I bought a new chore chart when this is their summer vacation. Am I being a mean mom? Or should the kids keep doing the chores in the summer? I still work part-time and have all the responsibilities and will have more if they aren’t even doing the regular chores. What is your thought on chores in the summer for kids? Mine are five, seven and eight. Oh my goodness. I have a lot of thoughts on this. Keep the chores going in the summer chores take minutes of a day and they keep your house running efficiently. They make it so that we have consistency. We know what to expect. They help us have a routine.


And they’re really such a small portion. They’re really minutes in a 24 hour day. I can’t think of a reason why you wouldn’t have your kids continue with the chores. This mom said, let me go back to the question. She said, I still work part-time and have all the responsibilities and we’ll have even more if they aren’t even doing the regular chores. Yes, you said it right there. You just said the answers. Continue with the chores, keep them going. They help with consistency, chores, help give kids responsibility. It helps them feel successful. And like they are contributing, contributing to the family because they are chores are a good thing. And like I said, a minute ago, chores take very little time. It’s minutes out of a day. The one thing I do encourage families to do in the summer is if you are feeling like your kids have graduated from the chores and the responsibilities that they currently have, and they can handle a bigger task or have become more mature so they can take on something else.


Summer is a great time where you can teach a new task or a new skill and help with your kids because they have more, more time. You can help them, teach them and encourage them to be able to take on this chore or this new responsibility. And I’m not talking about big things. I’m really talking about little tasks that take minimal time throughout the day, but use the time in the summer when they’re at home more and the schedule is more flexible to teach them how to do these new chores. You’ve got this new chore chart. Great. You can adjust some of the chores, maybe pass on what the eight year old is doing to the seven year old. What the seven year old is doing to the five year old and then create different chores for the eight year old. What makes sense for you in this stage of life and what needs to be done around the house so that you are not overwhelmed and stressed out and you can still be a happy, fun parent and have time to do things as a family that are meaningful and bring joy to everyone where you can do these activities and play games and have time to spend together because you are not the person that is responsible for everything.


No, to answer your question, I don’t think you’re being a mean mom at all. I think you’re being an excellent mom to keep these chores going and to teach your kids responsibility and to contribute to the entire family. Remember chores can be very simple things, finishing, eating, and taking your dishes to the sink or taking your dishes to the sink and putting them in to the dishwasher chores. It doesn’t have to mean that one child is responsible for the laundry for the entire family. It can, if that makes sense in your family, but it can just mean making sure that the clothes are not on the floor, but they’re in the dirty laundry basket or once a week, the laundry basket is placed next to the washing machine. And those things I’m telling you are 30 seconds, maybe one minute tasks. I don’t encourage hours and hours of chores, but having responsibility and feeling like you contribute to the family and the effort that you put in has a positive outcome is extremely important.


Good job, mama. Keep up with the chores and good luck with your summer break. I hope you have a lot of fun with your kids and make a lot of special memories. Thank you so much for listening to another episode of the intentional edit podcast. This was episode 65, a tip Tuesday episode. Remember I do have coaching sessions available. So if you are looking to work with me, one on one, I have opened up more spots, go to intentional,, click on that coaching tab at the top of the page and book a session that fits your schedule that I have available. I would also love for you to jump in and join us on the Facebook group. You can click on the link to join our Facebook community at the bottom of the podcast description, or when you’re on Facebook search for declutter organize and create systems to simplify your home and life. I hope you’re having a great summer so far. I’ll meet you back here later in the week for another episode. Thanks for listening to another tip Tuesday episode on the intentional edit podcast. Keep submitting your questions so that I can keep answering them on these episodes. They’re quick episodes and I’d love to share actionable solutions


For you to implement at home. You can always send me an email or direct message on Instagram, but I have added a cool way to submit voice questions on the website. It’s honestly my favorite way to take questions. Now, head over to intentional, click on the podcast page and scroll down to where it says, submit your questions for the podcast. Ask me anything there. And you can even be featured on the show. Questions can be about creating systems in your house, decluttering, how to manage family schedules, getting kids on board with organizing, managing, and maintaining systems. Honestly, they can be personal questions of things you wanna know about how I do something in my house. I want to know what you want to know if you’re struggling with it. Other people are too ready set, go over right now to intentional and ask your questions.




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Lauren is the founder of Intentional Edit, a home organization and lifestyle company focused on consciously editing to create efficient and organized spaces.  Lauren believes that a functional home that looks and feels good has a positive influence on all aspects of life.  Creating systems that allow for the home to function more efficiently, therefore, eliminating most of the clutter and chaos is her priority.  While trends come and go organization is always in style!


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