Children and Chores
I’ve been seeing posts as of late about what age is appropriate to assign chores for their kids to do around the house, and it got me thinking about whether or not I should start “a chore list” with my almost 5 year old.
Granted, I ask him to help me with things…cleaning up toys, bringing his dishes to the sink after supper…but easy things that I know he can do without hurting himself, breaking anything, or making a bigger mess.
It is true that kids need to learn how to be responsible and at the same time feel needed and making a contribution to the family, but how do you know what age that should start?
My son received an amazing gift for his 4th birthday last year. It was a Melissa and Doug Monthly Magnetic Calendar.
He loves it. It comes with so many fun magnets: first day of school, first day of camp, go to the doctor, go to the park, and our new favourite….clean my room!
Z decided when we were doing the month of June, that the ‘clean my room’ magnet should be put to use. I thought to myself, “If he wanted to do it, then great! A perfect age to start!”
We’ve started with the easy stuff. First, was to clean the floor in his closet from all of the toys. Second, was to make his bed every morning and he is! Okay, we’ve forgotten a few times….note to self: Consistency is key.
On Saturday he asked if we can play in the basement and I told him as soon as I clean the living room and put the laundry away…when I got back from doing the laundry, the room was clean! Everything had been put away. He did it by himself without me having to ask and when I came downstairs and saw what he did, he noticed the look of pride I had on my face. It made him so happy that he was involved and helped.
I took to Pinterest after hearing about “chore charts” and “age appropriate chores”. I couldn’t believe the amount of different ideas you could find!! http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=kids%20chores
Like so many other things in a kids life, they have to be ready and willing to do it. Nagging just won’t get us anywhere.
So start your list, have some fun and remember…have some patience! Because that thing that takes you 2 minutes to do…will now take 30!
What age did you start asking your kids to help out around the house?