These past few weeks with Amelia I have really realised the importance of teaching chores young. I definitely think children should do house hold chores from a young age and right through the teenage years too as a way of gaining general life skills and respecting the value of money and hard work.
I don’t think pocket money should be given for doing things such as tidying away their toys, keeping their rooms tidy and being well behaved because this should happen anyway without needing to be bribed. Amelia and Max will get pocket money for helping out with things that aren’t necessarily their job, such as helping with the dishes, the hoovering and general household cleaning.
I feel that there really is a lot of value in encouraging and teaching chores at a young age. Once imprinted the skills learnt should hopefully stay with them forever.
Already at 18 months old Amelia does small things like packing her toys away, putting her nappies and rubbish in the bin and carrying her plates, bottles etc out to the kitchen when she’s finished. She really loves to do this and I think that will make her even more keen to get stuck in doing a bit more when she’s older.
My plan is to create a sticker chart and is she is well behaved and does everything we ask then she will get a star. She will need to get 5 stars a day for a week in order to get a treat – this could be a toy, a day out or some pocket money.
I really want my children to learn the true value of hard work and I feel the best way of doing this is through chores. I know a lot of parents don’t like giving their children chores and have the mantra ‘kids should be kids’ and everybody is entitled to their own opinion.
Rewards should be earnt not just given.
I think I gained this outlook through working on the family farm growing up. Though I never got pocket money exactly, I did have money for shopping and things I wanted/needed which I knew I had earned and that’s a feeling I would like Amelia and Max to experience.
What chores do your children have?