“Giving your children chores every week encourages them to participate and take pride in the care and maintenance of your home. But most importantly it teaches character and self-respect.”
As kids get older, their ability to pitch in and participate around the house increases and therefore the expectations should increase as well. We are not doing our kids any favors by clearing their dishes for them and coddling them. Giving your children chores every week encourages them to participate and take pride in the care and maintenance of your home. But most importantly it teaches character and self-respect.
We have all been in situations where we have been appalled by the outrageous behavior of a child screaming demands at a mother or father who hops to action at their every whim. While on some level, the parents’ intentions are good, it doesn’t serve the child. At the end of the day, a lot of what parenting is about is teaching our children to be kind and likeable human beings. If your child is taught that the maid (AKA) mom, is here to clean up after her and get her things; an imprinting of a very specific set of values sets in: The world revolves around me and that I matter more than others.
When we give our children age appropriate responsibilities and work, we give them an opportunity to become more aware and conscious of the daily flow of life. Yes, the dishwasher needs to be emptied every night and the garbage or compost doesn’t magically take itself out. We are giving them growth opportunities to be more responsible and caring people.
Get clever and organized to motivate kids to stay on a chore schedule:
1. Make a visible chart on a calendar or on the fridge that clearly states each child’s age appropriate responsibilities, including a check box or place for a sticker once completed.
2. Reward incentives are optional, but they may come in the form of a weekly treat or the coveted screen time they beg for when their tasks are completed.
3. One mom I know, places dollars bill on a chore chart and who ever completes that task gets to earn that money. It is a very tangible way for kids to learn the value of earning money.
Find a system that works for your family and feel grateful for the extra help while you teach them the value of hard work.