Train up a child in the way they should go, and they will not depart from it.
As a child, I always had chores to do. I had chore charts, got stickers…the whole nine yards. I grew up knowing that other families did things differently, but I thought that this way was the right way.
My husband, on the other hand, didn’t necessarily have “chores”, but still helped out around the house, mainly because he wanted to, he says. I always thought that the way he was raised “without chores” did him a disservice…if he didn’t have chores, what taught him to do them? How could a child be raised to do chores if they never had them? (my husband is one of the hardest working, most detailed people I have ever seen…especially when it comes to “chores”)
Well, I started thinking about what teaches a child to help around the house, especially without all the grumbling and complaining that usually accompanies these types of requests, and I came to one conclusion: you must start young! So many parents think that their kids need to be old enough, mature enough to help around the house, but I say no…start them with the little things while they are young. If we do this, then they are more likely to want to help instead of complaining and making a big deal of it. I see my 2, almost 3-year old daughter help around the house everyday. She usually asks to help and does it out of pure joy. It is never the taxing thing of “duty” that I always remember it being. When parents have their young children help around the house ( with age-appropriate tasks) as an everyday, normal part of life, it becomes something that we just do, something that’s not a big deal…even something that can have some joy in it.
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