Chores, Chores, Chores! Did you like them as a kid?
I hated chores as a kid. Mainly because my parents didn't ask me to take out my very first garbage bag until I was 10 years old! By that time, I knew labor wasn't cheap and I demanded to get paid 50 cents for each trash bag. I was 14, when my step-dad showed me how to do my own laundry; seperate the colors from the white, turn the knob to indicate warm water cycle, pour the detergent, click 'Start'. Simple. However, by that time, I knew every excuse in the book I can use to get out of doing every chore assigned. My mother always thought it would be faster if she prepared dinner without getting me involved to help. As I got older, nothing has changed. Just look where it got me - I am daily browsing the posts of Russian Parents group in intense search of a cleaning lady; Laundry? I overpay to have someone else throw in the quarters. Cooking? I hope my real estate agent doesn't read this post because I am never moving to Long Island. Why? because my mother lives on the same floor as me.
So, what am I trying to say here? Give your kids chores!
Giving children household chores at an early age helps to build a lasting sense of accomplishment, responsibility, and self-reliance. This is all according to research by Marty Rossmann, professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota. She found that young adults who began chores at ages 3 and 4 were more likely to have good relationships with family and friends , to achieve academic and early career success and to be self-sufficient, as compared to people like me, who didn't have chores or who started them as teens.
Here are some age-appropriate chores to get your kids involved in -
Ages 12 and up