I’m sure their are times when they think I’m the mean mom. Most of the time they are more than happy to help. My reasons for teaching my kids to work around the house (believe it or not) are not purely selfish. By learning to work early I’m teaching my kids:
- hard work is worth doing
- their time is valuable
- there are no free rides in life
- service is a great way to show people we love them
Those are lessons worth learning young and their future wives will love me. Through this process my 10 year old has learned how to do laundry, dishes, and he’s discovered that he really loves to cook. Most days of the week he begs me to let him make eggs for everyone for breakfast. Yes, please!
My almost 8 year old has learned to mop the floor and he loves to clean bathrooms. There’s something about bringing order to things that really makes him happy.
My 6 year old is still in the process of learning. He’s a great helper when he wants to be and is learning that he can contribute to keeping our home running. Although, if anyone has any tips for making the whining stop, please — I’m all ears.
Even the baby tries to jump in and help. She loves to put away laundry — although I’ve found my laundry in some very strange places. I have to remind myself that a bit of patience with her at this stage will result in a genuinely helpful child in a few years.
A while back we talked about MyJobChart.com and all the cool ways it can help motivate kids to work. With the holidays quickly approaching (and all the chaos that comes with them), it’s worth mentioning again. our holidays go much smoother if we have good routines in place for the basics. And of course there’s much more time to enjoy the fun things in life if everything else is under control.
MyJobChart.com is a FREE service. You can create a parent account to assign jobs and rewards to your kids. Your kids can log in and check off each chore as they complete it and work to earn fun rewards that you set together. This would be a great way to track allowance requirements if you’ve gone that route!
So save yourself some stress this holiday season and put your kids to work. They’ll thank you for it later.