I’m at the point in motherhood where my children are getting a little bit older and it is time for them to start learning a little responsibility. I don’t mean working them like crazy, I mean learning how to lend a helping hand around the house. But, like a lot of you, I wasn’t sure where to start with age-appropriate responsibility.This chart has proven to be extremely beneficial.
Doing chores will benefit children as they grow:
- Giving kids chores can build self-esteem. Getting a chore done and doing it well can give your child a major sense of accomplishment. My 7-year-old vacuums and cleans the floor every weekend with a microfiber cloth. He sometimes grumbles when he’s not in the mood to do work, but he usually gets into it once he gets started. And the look of satisfaction he gets on his face when he wrangles piles of dust bunnies: Priceless.
- Giving kids chores can teach the importance of completing an assigned job. This will become more useful as your child gets older and has more responsibilities at school and at home.
- Giving kids chores can emphasize the value of keeping things clean and organized. It’s easier to find things — and think clearly — when your environment is less cluttered.
- Giving kids chores can set a pattern of helping around the house. Once you get your child into the household chore habit, it’ll become a part of his life that will continue into the teen years and beyond.
- Giving kids chores can give him a sense of being part of the household “team.” When my son asks why he has to do a chore, I explain that he’s a part of the family, and everyone in the family must do his share. By giving him the “we’re all in this together” way of looking at things, he is more likely to see his work as part of something bigger. He’s also less likely to see household chores as something he’s being singled out and forced to do since everyone is working together.
To make doing chores fun,create a chore chart with stars leading to a reward; give monetary amounts to each chore and allow them to pick a chore they’d like to do (i.e., vacuuming or loading the dishwasher, 50 cents); or make a chore punch card.
These websites offer some great ideas!