As we move into our second post dealing with entitlement, it seems only logical that the issue of chores comes up. Training our children to work–and work hard–is something we should endeavor to do not only because it teaches responsibility in the short term, but because it prepares them for life over the long haul.
I recently heard someone say that you can find smart, tech-saavy, organized employees, but it’s nearly impossible to hire someone who’s also hard-working and responsible.
Can that be true? Are we raising a generation of young people who aren’t willing to work?
Why Getting to Work Holds Entitlement At Bay
Waiting on your kids hand and foot is one sure-fire way to turn them from sweet bambinos to rude, demanding little minions. Granting their every wish is another.
I love to help my children. I love to surprise them with thoughtful gestures and tokens of my affection. However, as fulfilling as motherhood is, the idea of becoming their maid has never been part of the plan.
How many times have you walked through the house thinking:
- Why are these shoes lying here?!
- Who left this game spread out on the carpet?
- Are these pants clean or dirty?
- Am I the ONLY one who sees this mess??
TIPS FOR CHORES AT HOME:
- Give your children chores even — and especially — when it would be easier to do those things yourself
- Find something that all age groups can do successfully, from folding rags to washing windows.
- Try to teach a new chore every couple of weeks; allow time for mastery in between.
- Hold them accountable to do the work you’ve assigned
- Reward them creatively if you don’t give an allowance. How about a later bedtime? An extra book from the library? A board game with daddy? The privilege of having a sleepover?