We're in the midst of revamping chores around here, as I feel the kids have grown up enough to handle a heavier load, and I am tired of feeling like this...
And, it is really important to me that the kids can do housework as they grow older. I don't want them to grow up without knowing how to wash dishes, run a vacuum, fold laundry, etc. The laundry folding actually hasn't been bad lately, ever since we found... NINJA FOLDING! Cyrus especially gets a kick out of folding his clothes "Ninja" or "Origami" style (yes, he is a strange child).
Of course I have to figure out how much they can actually handle, and what would be overkill. I'll probably make a chart -- it seems easier, for me, that way. I usually insert the charts, printed on cardstock, into page protectors, so that the kids can mark off what they've done with a dry-erase marker, and then at bedtime, I can easily wipe them off, fresh for the next day.
So tell me, what would you expect from a nearly 10 year old, and a nearly 12 year old?