Children's Responsibility Baskets

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For this school year I am implementing a new system for my two oldest children. I came up with this idea from the constant struggle of trying to stay on top of the things that they drop and leave lying around the main portion of our house... every. single. day. At six and four, I don't expect them to have the same idea or proactive attitude toward keeping our home tidy as I do. However, that doesn't mean that I should overlook their poor habit. I feel as parents, it is our responsibility to teach our children how to be responsible and respectful toward their belongings. This is where the 'responsibility baskets' (totally feel free to come up with a more creative name), come in. I have created one basket per son and have strategically placed them both inside the door of their shared bedroom so they won't be overlooked. The idea is that rather than me constantly picking up after the boys, I will put these things in their respective baskets. Then, they can recognize the items they have left out and put them back. The intent is that over time they will start to appreciate just how much they leave around and realize it is much easier to simply put things back after use than having to put back a lot at once (fingers crossed!). For me, this helps to maintain the order that I want for our home; because yes, I could leave everything where it is and ask them to put it away, but that doesn't allow me to enjoy our home. 

The baskets I am using are from Tidy Living, but anything similar will do!

If you give this a try, I would love to hear how it worked for you - please let me know.