Unless you're convinced that there are good reasons to assign weekly chores to kids, you won't do it. Managing family chore charts, inspecting chores to make sure that they were done properly and teaching children how to do them can be time consuming and at times frustrating. Many moms throw up their hands and would rather do the chores themselves. The next time you feel that way, consider why it's a good idea to persevere and let your kids do their chores.
Reason #1: It's their Contribution to the Household Economy
Think about the time you spend doing all or most of the chores around the home. Calculate the time it takes to do those chores. Some of that time could be spent generating more money for your business. When kids do their weekly chores, they are contributing to the household economy, because you are freed up to work more. Imparting that understanding to your children will help them feel that they have value and importance, and it will help to create loyalty in their hearts toward the family.
Reason #2: They'll Learn Project Management Skills
Assigning weekly chores is your opportunity to teach your kids project management skills. As they build on those skills, they'll learn manage projects and deadlines well. They'll be glad you taught it to them when they have major academic or job assignments due. When assigning chores, let them set milestones for major tasks including deadlines. Show them how to estimate how long a chore might take, and let them be responsible for checking in with you on or before the due date or time for each chore.
Reason #3: Chores Lead to More Care and Maintenance of Items
You won't have to worry about your kids trashing clothes and other items that you buy from them, if you make them responsible for caring for them. There's a correlation between weekly chores and an appreciation for caring for and maintaining items around the house. If you're always doing the cleaning, your kids won't appreciate the need to care for things instead of allowing them to become dirty or fall into disrepair. When they have to do weekly chores, they'll try to minimize their workload by taking greater care of items upfront.
Reason #4: Creates Opportunities to Bond with Kids
Doing chores and bonding with your kids is not an oxymoron. Children love being with their parents, and working side by side creates many opportunities to grow your relationship with them. Having conversations, singing together or listening to a radio program or podcast, and talking about it together are all ways to make weekly chores more interesting and to spend more time together.
Reason #5: Two Heads Are Better than One
Your children will get to the point where they'll offer suggestions for improvement around the house based on the weekly chores you assign. They may be gifted with strengths in areas where you are weak. For example, if you're a pack rat, you children may the ones to help you lighten the load and become more organized. Don't dismiss the valuable contributions that your children can make toward improving the household.
Weekly chores present so many opportunities for personal growth that it's worth your time and effort. If you're not sure what to assign, do some research on the Internet for age appropriate chores.
Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business.