I plan on having my girls do chores as they get older. I think it’s important for them to help out around the house, teach them responsibility, and teach them life skills. Maybe they’ll have maids, but maybe not. The thing is, I’m not sure at what age I should start them. Sure, I try to make them pick up their toys (let me know if you have some tricks to get them to do that), but otherwise, they don’t do much.
I think, at 4 1/2, Samantha is old enough to help out a little. Sometimes I have her make her own bed. She does a decent job and will often make her sister’s bed too. I should have her clear her dishes from the table. She’s old enough to put the clean silverware away when it’s time to empty the dishwasher. She could sort clothes for laundry. Even at two, Ella could do some things. She can clear her dishes after a meal. With a little help opening the door to the closet, she could feed the dog.
I’m not very consistent about it. That’s my problem. Although I’d like them to help out, it’s just easier and faster to do it myself. Plus, drama queen Sammy resorts to whining and complaining that she’s too tired or her legs or head hurts when she doesn’t want to help. I have a chore chart I could use and hand out rewards after they do so many chores. The problem, I don’t think they should get rewards for picking up their toys. They should just pick up their toys. I don’t get something every time I clean the house. That’s just not how life works. I want them to learn to do things because they should, not because there’s a prize involved.
Maybe if I start early with Penny, she’ll just keep doing it out of habit. I figure if she can walk, she can help out a little. Right?