The truth is that I don't. We are very much a team here and everyone is expected to pitch in and help.
I didn't want to be one of those large families where the older kids felt like they were stifled because they had a very large hand in the raising of their younger siblings. But I also wanted to teach teamwork, cooperation and what it is like to care for another human being. In short, I didn't want to raise selfish children. I also wanted them to be aware just how much work it is to have a family, any size family, and to recognize that since they cause a lot of the work that they can help with it as well.
The kids get to do A LOT of extra stuff that takes up my time. I am happy to do, I love watching them participate in their activities. But, because of that, they need to help our little world go round, or I wouldn't be able to allow them to do so much. And, they are very much aware of this.
First, I am very organized, I don't know how we would get it all done without organization.
Each week, the six older kids, are assigned a chore that they are responsible for getting done every day. Each week the assignment rotates.
Assignment #1-Laundry-taking the bathroom hamper upstairs and sorting the laundry
Gameroom-Make sure gameroom is picked up daily
Assignment #2-Dishes-Load and unload the dishwasher
Assignment #3-Clear/wipe the table and counters after meals
Clean highchairs after dinner
Assignment #4-Pick up family and living rooms at end of day
Assignment #5-Sweep all floors
Assignment #6-Empty all garbages
Daily, on my large dry erase board in the kitchen, I write everyone's daily chores along with other things that I would like
We do not do an allowance of any kind, we believe that they need to do chores because they are part of the family, not because they are getting paid for it. They receive money for good grades and for not having any cavities at their dentist check-ups (still not one cavity
Also, each day (except for weekends) the older four are assigned a buddy. They are responsible for making sure that their buddy gets fed breakfast
Each child is responsible for taking turns emptying their hamper in their room and feeding the cat. They also put away their own clothes after I wash and fold/hang them.
On Saturdays the kids have "Saturday Chores". These rotate from week to week and basically consist of dusting/vacuuming their own room, dust/clean glass downstairs, cleaning bathrooms, sweeping out garage, cleaning appliances and vacuuming 1st and 2nd levels.
All chores are posted on a bulletin board in the walk-in pantry along with a calender noting which # week we are on.
I have my own list of daily chores as well. My main chores are laundry, meal prep, mopping, vacuuming, bathrooms,
So, you see
There is no "I" in TEAM