Putting the Kids to Work!

3 Mar

Last night my husband decided to make iced tea after dinner.  When he saw the sink loaded with dishes, something truly miraculous happened……he proceeded to wash them!!!

Now lately my 5-year-old daughter has been so angelic, helpful and all around awesome.  I’m telling you that marble jar has changed her life.  More than the others, she strives to fill that jar up and is shattered when she loses a marble.  I have no idea where she gets these perfectionistic traits from…:)

So on that note, she readily accepted my husband’s plea for her to help him tackle those dishes.  She ran and got a step stool and went to work.  And it wasn’t a bad job.  After that she offered to wipe down the table!  It doesn’t matter that she knows she will earn marbles.  I see her being a kinder and more helpful person to all her family members and I’m loving it.

But the success with the dishes also got me thinking about kids and chores.  As it is now, I expect my kids to bring their plates to the sink, put their dirty clothes in the hamper, and keep their rooms relatively tidy.  They are only 5, 5, and 3 after all…but now I’m wondering if  it’s time they all had a household chore.

Curious to know what your thoughts are…do your kids have chores?  At what age were they when you assigned them?

8 Responses to “Putting the Kids to Work!”

  1. brianwawryk March 3, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    We’ve assigned chores to our son for quite some time. He’s going to be 5 this month but he’s had the following chores for more than a year: taking out the recycling, filling the dog dish with food, making his bed, and now we’ve added clearing the all the dishes off the table after supper. It’s never too early to get them used to chores. He’s even helped us vacuum. Although, after 2 minutes of that he was laying on the floor, my wife walks in and said, “what’s wrong?” He said “this is exhausting!” Too funny.

    Now my daughter (who will be 2 in less than a week) is wanting to do chores as well. She already fills the dog dish with food and fights with her brother to take the recycling to the garage.

    • Barbara @ Just Another Manic Mommy March 3, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

      That’s great Brian. And you make me think about the fact that they are at ages where they actually want to help and to please so it’s probably a great idea to take advantage of that!

  2. Melissa B March 3, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

    I whole heartedly believe in age appropriate chores being assigned to children. I started off giving my daughter chores at about 2 years old. Her main chore at that age was to pick up her toys and to help feed the dog. She has received additional chores as her age & abilities has increased. She is now 7 and is responsible for making her bed, helping to load & unload the dishwasher, helping to clean her bathroom, helping to put her laundry away, and helping to dust. She does receive “commission” for her chores as we are big followers of Dave Ramsey but both my husband & I also grew up in homes where we learned responsibility at an early age. Whether you choose marbles or money, I think age appropriate chores teach kids great things about being a member of a family!

  3. Baron Von Looksmann March 3, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    What does she do with the marbles?

  4. Baron Von Looksmann March 3, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

    Oh, forget it I saw the link!
    This looks pretty cool.


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