{#abcblogging} J and K is for Jobs in the Kitchen

I took some time off from blogging, and missed the letter J. And since K is already this week I am combining them for....

Jobs in the Kitchen

There are always jobs in the kitchen. And definitely enough for more than one person to do. I feel like this is great grounds for training kids to do chores and to help out the family. There are so many ways to do this and every family does things differently, according to their needs. So here are some of my thoughts:



Start Young

A three year-old child can take their own plate in and help wipe down the table. They might miss a spot here and there when wiping,  or spill stuff off their plate on the way to the sink, but when they are this young, you are more forming chore habits than getting something clean. Be consistent and have them do their job each evening. And remember to progress and change the jobs as they get older.


Possible Kitchen Jobs:
  • sweep floors
  • wipe countertops
  • wipe cabinet fronts
  • save leftovers
  • wipe down the stove
  • put away dishes
  • take out the trash
  • spot cleaning the floors
If you start young and make daily chores a habit, it will become second nature for your kids to help out in the kitchen, before and after dinner. 




Plan It Out

The best way to plan out the kitchen jobs is to make a list of all possible jobs. (See my list above, tweaking it to your own kitchen.) Then, depending on the age and ability of each child, divvy up the jobs. Put this list somewhere in the kitchen, and after dinner there will at least be less arguing about who does what. We also have set chores to do to set the table: plates, forks, napkins, hot pads, and water glasses. Planning it out is so much easier, and better than trying to think up kitchen jobs on the spot, right before and after dinner.


Change It Up

Doing the same job day in and day out can get very tedious. So about twice a year I change things up and switch the jobs around. That way, the kids don't get too bored with their jobs. Also, it prevents a certain child from only ever sweeping the floors and taking out the trash. There is certainly more to kitchen life than that. I also do this with their household chore list to liven things up too.



No Bribery

By this, I mean monetary payment for work. In our home, there are certain things that every member of the household needs to do, just because they live there. I do feel that cleaning up the dining area and kitchen falls into this category. And I also apply this to our adult children as well - up until they move out, if they eat with us, they have a chore to do after dinner.


Don't Forget Meal Preparations

When your kids get old enough to actually make a meal, include them in your menu plan. I did this in two ways: one when they were all younger, and another way now, that they are older.


When they are younger, I would have a meal helper once a week. It would rotate through the kids and they would help prep the food and mix things.


When they got older and could handle a whole meal, I would put them in charge of all the food for one night. Make sure you choose a night where there is no rush for dinner, and you have the time to walk them through a simple dinner. Right now in our household all three girls are old enough to make dinner. My goal for 2018 is to have each girl make dinner once a month. I spread it out to no more than one girl a week. I want to pass family recipes and favorites on to them, so part of this goal is to have them write out the recipe they are making and add it to their own recipe book.




And those are my thoughts on kitchen jobs. I encourage you to use this time to train your children and teach them kitchen responsibilities!


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Comments

  1. We are making this happen in our kitchen! My 3 year old loves to help because everyone else in the house helps in the kitchen.

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  2. That's wonderful! Some of my favorite memories are of all of us helping in the kitchen, and then turning on fun music and all having a a dance party. :)

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