I had a realization the other day that I wanted to share. I am hoping I might get some feedback from you.
For the past ten years I have been reading books, magazines, and blogs about how we need to teach our children to do work around the house, even if their work takes longer and isn't done as ours would be. A few weeks ago I realized that I am one of those Mom's that won't let their kids do any work around the house because it takes too long and it never gets done "the right way". The problem is... I can't do everything. Therefore, the chores aren't getting done at all. I can't even begin to tell you how many different chore charts and schedule's that I have started that only lasted a few days (or hours). I usually give up because I get tired of the constant reminding and nagging I have to do every day. I know this inconsistancy is not good for my kiddos.
One of my goals for homeschooling is to teach my children life skills. Right now they are learning they can put things off until they get REALLY bad and then have a marathon cleaning day. I want our cleaning schedule to be more consistent than this. I would like for everyone to have their own jobs that need to be done daily and then have additional jobs that they can do to earn money. That is so much easier said than done for me!
I have a couple of specific questions that I am struggling with.
- How much should a child be responsible for at each age? (My kids are 9,7, and almost 5)
- Should the same child be responsible for the same job every day or should the jobs rotate?
- How do you stay consistant without nagging all day?
I know that if I don't get a handle on this now they will be teenagers before I know it and then I will be in even more trouble!
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