Giving your kids chores to do around the house is a good way for them to learn responsibility, begin to discover how to be a team player and to function in the real world & even earn some money. I never liked doing chores as a kid however I am grateful for the lessons.
The chores should come with instruction, of course, on how properly to use the washer & dryer, mow the lawn, wash the dishes, clean the bathroom & kitchen, take out the trash, vacuum, dust, sweep, mop etc. You obviously want to ensure that the chores are age-appropriate, there’s no reason to have a 5 year-old handling a lawn mower, but he can help put his clothes in his drawers and take his dishes to the sink. It’s ideal to give them a schedule for some chores (like vacuuming once a week on Tuesday maybe) and then reward them for a job well done – everyone wants to earn money (and deciding how to spend that money leads to other great lessons). Later in life they will be better equipped to live on their own, and with others. I remember the first girlfriend I lived with – she had never operated a washing machine or cleaned a bathroom… can you guess what it was like living with her? It was tough to share chores in my newly discovered adult life with someone who did not understand what chores were or why someone was not still doing them for her.
I’ve heard parents accuse those, like me, who assign chores, of using their children as “slaves” – interestingly some of those parents are now wondering when their 30 year-old is going to move out and start their own life… hmm… I’m sure those things aren’t related.
I’m not saying “pile on the chores”; you still want your children to have a social life and have fun as a kid. However, it’s our job as parents to prepare our kids to someday “leave the nest” and when mine leave, I want them to be self-sufficient. Let’s face it, us parents won’t be here forever.
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Choose to have an amazing day…..Jeff