Chores! When? What? How? Share your brilliance.
We all know we should give our kids chores. But we’re already so tired that thinking up the chore system…then communicating it to the kids…then teaching the kids to do the work…then following through and supervising…then having to do the work ourselves anyway just makes our heads go BOOM.
Anyone with us? Anyone?
Okay, so that’s how I used to feel. Christine and I both hold our kids responsible for household chores. But (speaking for myself here) my family was pretty late to the party, and I wish I had started giving my kids small chores at a much younger age.
What about you? How do chores work in your house?
- At what age did you start giving your kids chores?
- Do you tie chores to allowance or issue separate payment per chore, or are chores considered part of basic family citizenship?
- How do you structure chores as part of your kids’ larger set of responsibilities? That is, when do they get done alongside homework, extracurricular activities, family time, and free time?
- What chores do your kids do? Always interesting to see how other families handle the specifics.
- How do you motivate your kids to do their chores? What happens when they don’t get done?
Answer whichever questions resonate for you. We keep an eye on all of our “Share your brilliance” posts for quotable anecdotes and comments, so share away! As always, if we do use your quote, we will credit you appropriately. If you’d rather chat via social media, we’re @MinParenting on Twitter, and Minimalist Parenting on Facebook.
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