Thursday, April 16, 2009

Assigning Chores For Kids

I have had several of you ask me about teaching kids to do chores. Specifically, what to start and when? I found this post and thought that you all might like to check it out. Of course use this merely as a guide-- if your child doesn't seem capable or ready, wait. Conversely, if there's stuff your child is already doing, go with that. You know your child best... but I like having guides such as this one to know if I am on the right track.
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Julie Coleman said...

We were never successful at making one system last for more than a few months. It worked best for us to keep mixing things up as to what was required and rewards/consequences that could be expected.

The important thing is to give the child ways to become independent, while at the same time giving them a sense of ownership of the home.

We also got our kids involved while fairly young in church ministry. A sense of ownership in the church is crucial. Too many youth groups and children's ministry are so entertainment focused-- and the children don't get any sense of contribution to the body. Even helping set up chairs (we met in a school) or holding babies in the nursery gives a child a chance to "belong" as a contributing member. They also get to interact with other adults, crucial to their understanding of the body of Christ.

Laurie Ann said...

Hmmm....this will be handy for the Grands. At 19 mos., Baby Nolan helps me put his toys in the box. He understands what it means to "pick up" at Nonnie and Paw Paw's before bedtime and before he goes home. He also brings a bottle or pacifier every time Liam cries. He's a big helper and I can see this carrying over into chores for him at home. I can't wait to share this with my bonus daughter.