This week we’re talking about chores: do you make your kids do them? If so– how much, how frequently, and do they get paid for their troubles?
Experts say that kids’ chores are worthy in and of themselves, teaching kids things like teamwork and self-esteem. In other words, it may be worth the extra effort to wheedle your kids into loading the dishwasher, rather than just doing it yourself (even if that is WAY faster).
But in a recent survey of one thousand American adults, while 82% of them said they did chores growing up, only 28% said they make their kids do them. Time to put those wee moochers to work!
- how to overcome the many obstacles between assigned chores and done chores
- the power of branding. Who wouldn’t want to attend a “super fun laundry party”?
- chores any kid will get into doing (relatively speaking)
- when pay-for-play chores are a good thing
- how to let go of the perfect in order to give our kids more ownership
Here’s some helpful (or funny, or both) links:
- a reminder of how 50s moms handled chores: by, for example, allowing their toddlers to use hot plates
- from Etsy, a set of customizable “chore magnets” to get your kids working