I am the mother of three children… three children that I would not like to grow up dependant on a lady, regardless of whether it be a mother or future spouse, to cook and clean for them. I was a homemaker, however, that shouldn’t have any kind of effect in showing kids obligation. So at a genuinely youthful age, I had them learn different life exercises for themselves. They made their own morning meal, did their own clothing, figured out how to sew on a catch, and had essential cooking exercises. At age 15, they got their own financial records and learned exactly how quick cash can vanish, or aggregate, contingent upon their ways of managing money. Also, obviously, they all had expected errands to help around the house. Tasks help impart pride in your work, great work propensities, obligation, and a feeling of having a place with a family… at any rate that is the thing that I let them know! Joking aside, it instilled those things and the sky is the limit from there, and positively helped me keep up a place of boisterous young men. My folks are presently school matured, and they express gratitude toward me for showing them important abilities that they can see their companions lacking. Here are a few recommendations that I utilized, and some that I found on the web from other sharp individuals, to get your children to help with tasks. I particularly like the last thought of tickets; it helps me to remember my time in Vacation Bible School where you got the opportunity to spend your tickets toward the week’s end. That was the best! With the new year upon us, this would be an ideal opportunity to begin a New Year’s goal to start a comparative program. Tell me how it goes!
Using A Chore Calendar and Other Tidbits
In our family, we used a whiteboard chore calendar. We would have basic weekly assignments such as picking up their rooms, and rotate other standard chores such as collecting the garbage, cleaning the litterbox, and helping make dinner. It all was written on the whiteboard with a checkbox that they marked when completed. Even the youngest of kids feel a sense of pride when they pick up that marker and check that box…DONE! With 3 boys, they only needed to rotate these chores once every three weeks, so not too bad for them. As they grew older, they helped with more complex tasks such as snow shoveling, sweeping out the garage, and vacuuming.
From an early age, I cleaned out one of the bottom drawers in the kitchen and put the kids’ plastic dishes in there. They had cereal bowls, cups, plastic wear, and plates, all easy to locate and get on their own. In the pantry was their cereal, kept low for easy reach and in easy-to-pour containers or portion-controlled baggies. I put milk in small, kid friendly containers so I wouldn’t find a mess to clean up in the morning.
This worked well for our family, but here are other great ideas that I found.
From the Thrify Tips website…
Use A Job Jar For Chores
As a working parent of 6 kids (the oldest 4 are in a 5 1/2 year age span), the kids helping with chores was a given. Our system was the job jar. All household chores were written down and put into a job jar. Pink paper for the under 6 set, and yellow paper for those school age and above. Every Friday, we all sat down and everyone, including parents, drew their jobs for the following week. We had a chart hanging on the wall that had everyone’s name, their jobs for the week, and a space for Mom (or Mamaw) to sign off when the job was done satisfactorily (without more than one reminder) and finished each day of the week.
On Saturday, anyone that had their assigned chores done at least 6 out of the 7 days participated in a “treat day”. We took turns choosing the treat for the week, from a list provided by Mom (depended on time and money available). The treat might be a picnic, a trip to the pool, a movie, a trip to the zoo, or a Baskin Robbins ice cream treat, etc. Anyone not completing their assigned chores was left at home with grandmother, with no TV or phone privileges for the weekend.
We do not give our kids enough credit. Even a 2 year old can empty a waste paper basket or pick up toys, and put them away. It is not just a case of helping out Mom. Everyone lives there, eats the food, and wears clothing. Everyone needs to feel a sense of ownership and responsibility for their home. When we don’t teach our kids to clean their homes, wash their clothes, cook a decent meal, manage their time, manage their money, and accept their responsibilities, we do them a grave disservice because someday they are going to have their own homes and families to manage. You can’t teach those things by starting the week before they leave for college.
Tickets for Chores
At the point when my children (and cultivates) were youthful, I purchased a move of tickets (like those at a jamboree). They are accessible at places like WalMart. I made arrangements of errands, age fitting for every youngster. Every task was surveyed regarding what number of tickets it was worth it. (I additionally included individual cleanliness things like brushing teeth, and so forth.). A portion of the tasks was extremely basic hanging up your towel or taking care of garments. I watched leeway racks for prizes, for example, toys, plush toys, extravagant pencils, new scratchpad, craftsmanship supplies, etc. Different prizes maybe things like 1:1 time with mother for a night or decision of video for family night. Each prize was evaluated a measure of tickets. At that point, as the children amassed tickets, they could “purchase” their prizes. A few children couldn’t hold back to spend their tickets, and would purchase the knickknack prizes, yet before long understood that by sparing them, they could improve prizes. In this way, errands completed and the children took in the exercises of gaining and sparing. This will in general work best with more youthful children from little to perhaps age 10 or thereabouts.