While some say that these instructional posts for kids have been helpful to their own families, one of my main purposes in posting them is so my kids can simply come to my blog to get their list of tasks and go to it! We tried this first-hand today when my eight-year-old, Landon, cleaned my mom's bathroom.
We simply set up the laptop where the two-year-old couldn't reach it, explained to Landon that he was to simply follow the instructions to the letter, and it worked wonders! He did a fantastic job (you would believe it if you had seen what the toilet looked like before I snapped the shot, what with 18 people using this one toilet!), didn't have to continually ask me what to do next, and he didn't complain even once! (See? he's not frowning!) I did realize, however, after checking his work, that I, myself, had left out two key items in the instruction set. To view the corrected post, click here.
Let me know what successes you have with this style of coaching kids. You can even have them look at my blog as they clean, as I did with my son. The next time they ask to get on the computer, say yes, then pull up this site. Won't that be funny! Or you may want to type up your own set of custom instructions and tape them to the wall to whichever room they apply. JUST HAVE FUN!