This week, The 4 Moms are all discussing how we teach children to do chores.
I think it goes without saying that it is very important to teach a strong work ethic to children. Around these parts, there is a lot to be done, so we need all hands on deck, but I even if I only had one child, I would be sure he or she knew the importance and had the privilege of doing hard work.
I want to make sure my children reach adulthood being proficient at laundry and basic housekeeping skills, so I start them young and make sure each child has chores to do each day.
It seems like I am constantly tweaking, rearranging, and reworking my chore system. Maybe it's because I keep waiting to find the perfect system, and I don't think there is one out there.
One thing that never changes, though, is that I have to keep on top of who is doing (or not doing) what and how thoroughly it is being (or not being) done. In other words, my kids have never said, "Oh, look! Mom just made a handy dandy chore chart! Let's all work diligently from this day forth so she never has to worry about these pesky chores again."
I've heard it said that moms shouldn't expect what we don't inspect. This can also be said, "While the cat's away, the mice will play." That's right. If you never check to see how the bathroom cleaner has been cleaning the bathroom, don't be surprised to go in there one day and faint dead away from the shock of seeing little petrified globs of toothpaste in the sink that have been in there for who knows how long.
If the kids think I won't be checking their work, they tend to get lackadaisical about it. The most important aspect of teaching children chores is staying on top of it and making sure to check their work.
See the following posts to find out the different ways I have handled chores:
Be sure to visit the other moms to read all about how they handle chores at their houses!