Are chores part of the daily routine for your kids?
Sometimes we moms can become more like maids and our children like houseguests!
It does not, nor should not, be that way! We are a team as a family, taking care of our home together because the tasks are much easier when shared. My kids are 9, 12 and 14. Their responsibilities include:
- Packing their own lunches (since about 2nd grade)
- Doing their own laundry (since about 3rd grade)
- Family cleaning hour (divide jobs like sinks, toilets, vacuuming, countertops, sweeping)
- Mowing the lawn (our son since he was about 11)
- Dog care (walking, combing, water bowl, cleaning his kennel)
- Taking out the trash
- Cleaning the dishes after dinner
We are not super clean or tidy (believe me!) but we do believe that the kids should be involved in everyday chores. In my book, Parents Rising: 8 Strategies for Raising Kids Who Love God, Respect Authority, and Value What’s Right, I write about the security that routines instill. Let’s talk about how the routine of chores can be very beneficial for your child (and you too!).