Kids and Chores
Earlier this week I asked friends and readers on Facebook and twitter about kids and chores. Not surprisingly most believed that kids should do chores, Interestingly many kids did not have assigned chores. They were just expected to help out around the house and keep their room clean.
Julia at Julie Cache starts the biggest chores: laundry and dishes. at age 7 or when they are tall enough to reach the controls.
Nada at MiniMomist starts her kids early. Her one year old helps out around the house. Actually this makes perfect sense, since toddlers readily want to do what we as adults do. They are also genuinely helpful.
Heidi works and lives on a farm and her girls have always helped out.
Now my kids do chores around the house plus
Chores Teach Kids
Having chores teaches kids.
- It teaches them if no one feeds the dog the dog will not be happy.
- That if they do NOT get their clothes to the laundry room they will not have their favorite shirt when they want it.
- That they will have to clean up their own messes
- Having chores teaches kids to responsible.
- Having chores teaches kids basic household management skills, how to do laundry, dishes, etc.
- Having chores teaches kids that they can do things for themselves, like make their own lunches
- Having chores teaches them that if they leave a job undone it does not go away
- When kids have chores they learn that a clean house means you can have friends over (from my 7 yo)
How do I get my kids to help Around the House?
- I ask them to help. I let them know what jobs need to be done and ask them to do the job in the room they are responsible for (more to come on that later)
- I tell them to do their chores.
- We set aside time to do specific chores such as making school lunches, putting laundry away, or picking up the living room
- For Special outside jobs I may offer a one time only payment. This works real well when the want to buy something.
- I set a timer and we do 15 Minute Cleaning.