5 kids. 5 dinner plates. 5 people who are a captive audience at meal time. This is where the static chore comes in to play. For nearly as long as I can remember, we've had 5-10 static chores done after dinner. Usually we have more during the summer months when we don't have to clear the table for homework. These chores are things that need to be done every single day. They are also what I refer to as, "since we all live here," chores...you know the ones, we all use the kitchen, the bathroom, and throw things away. These static chores are (and not limited to):
-Take out the recycle and trash
-Wipe down the bathroom (figuring if it's done everyday someone will hit the spots needed)
-Clear the table
-And, okay, this one isn't static...it rotates from water plants, to rotating the laundry, vacuuming, etc.
Originally the younger 3 were too small to do some of the tasks, such as empty the dishwasher. We helped them along. They had to empty it and place the items that go up high on the counter. Now they've grown into the job and no one is exempt.
I keep an acrylic standing frame on the island in the kitchen. Inside is a piece of paper I printed with the chores on them. I use a dry erase marker to list the names and amendments on the list. (Picked this handy tool up from my sister who used the frame and marker for her kids.) I list the name of the person next to the chore and this is their chore for a week. They own it. They rock it! This helped when they were younger to familiarize them with that chore. Quickly they became experts in all 5 areas. Now I can assign any chore to any kid and get equal results. (They all vie for bathroom, but once in awhile I have to remind them it's not just wiping down the toilet seat.)
Admittedly, the frame gets moved once in awhile and we have to punt. Each kiddo has a number associated with them (birth order) and we will randomize a number on our phone or draw cards, and attach chores. This keeps it fresh, but a topic for another day.
Static chores are great, because they are unarguable. Everyone has to do them. Everyone has the same expectations, and soon it's going to be your turn to do that job, no matter what.
Sure, we do paid chores, but kids having these expectations of what has to be done as a family, I think, keeps them grounded. We all live in the house, we all have to participate.