does your kids help you around the house with chores?

United States
August 15, 2007 8:33am CST
my three little ones love to help mommy out,my one son will help me vaccum with the cordless vaccum i have,he will go around the whole house and vaccum.its so cute,best part is he does a great job for only being 3.my little girl will put all the dirty clothes in the hamper for me,and put all the clothes from the dryer into a basket.and my other son loves to help mommy change diapers,he will actually put the diaper on his brother or sister and does a great job,which is great for me because there has been a few times where i only have 2 hands and i couldnt get the other diaper on my daughter and he did it for me.for being 2 i thought is was so cute.lets just hope this lasts through their older years to come lol.
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@sid556 (31029)
• United States
16 Aug 07
my girls were all very helpful when they were younger. It is when they hit teens and get preoccupied with friends and all that they tend to have less desire to help or do even simple basic chores. My daughter is 13 and some days I come home from work and she has just gone right thru and done a great job ...over and beyond my expectations. Other days, she has not done so much as the one or 2 chores I left her.
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• United States
16 Aug 07
it must be the teen years,i guess when they are involved with friends they dont want to know nothing about chores,but if you say allowance they jump lol.thanks for comment.
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@sid556 (31029)
• United States
16 Aug 07
Yes..money sure does talk doesn't it?
@roniroxas (10577)
• Philippines
15 Aug 07
yes they do. i started them as soon as they are 2 years old. to put their toys on its proper places. to fix the magazine and easy stuff like that. but as they aged i really make a point for them to help me around the house. i train them to be responsible enough. now that they are 16, 15, 13, 11 they really are a big help. they have chores scheduled. like washing dishes, washing clothes, taking out of the trash, cleaning the house and sometimes cooking too. if you think its cute now that they are small it will be much cute when they are big enough to really help around.
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• United States
16 Aug 07
yea i like to make up silly clean up songs when my kids clean up their toys,i try to make it alittle more interesting to them.thats great how your kids are a big help,it really helps you and them
@roniroxas (10577)
• Philippines
16 Aug 07
yes it makes them responsible and the cleaning hours are shorter because there are a lot of hands doing the job.
@irishmist (3843)
• United States
16 Aug 07
My grandkids do help out with chores, but they don't always want to. If you say money tho they are there in a heartbeat. At one point we were paying them for the chores, but then they took it overboard, and wanted money for every little thing they did. So for now they have to do it for free, till they learn they can't have money for everything we ask them to do. Oh what we wnt thru with money in this house. Soon we will try the chore money again. Lets hope it's better the 2nd time around.
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• United States
16 Aug 07
what a great responce,thanks for sharing that.you are so true with that.
@Sharon38 (1920)
• Jamaica
16 Aug 07
My daughter is 9 yrs old and she is a bit lazy. Sometimes I dont have to tell her to do anything but another time I have to be getting under her skin and threaten no tv or cartoons and then i get the desired result. AT 2 she was all helpful and get inteh way most of the times. She has her part of the room that she ahs to keep tidy. Sometimes when I call her she yes mom I know the drill and tidy up. If she eats anything she leaves the rubbish same place and I hate it when my place is less than very neat and clean. i love neatness and tidyness but I am not a freak. A friend came and asked me how do i keep my house tidy with a child. Train them from early and even if they dotn want to do it they will because they dont want you to be upset with them. Train your children if you dont someone else will. God bless with your adorables.
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• United States
16 Aug 07
i agree you got to teach them when young,it will make them more resonsible and will know later on in life how to handel things better.thanks for replying.
• Philippines
16 Aug 07
i have a two and a three years old who helps me around the house. i dont mean dishes or laundry. but by simply putting off their own toys. or putting their dirty clothes to the laundry basket. turning the tv off after watching. putting their plactic cups @ beside the sink after drinking milk. and many more... simple things that makes my life easier and makes me so proud of them. i always praise them when they do things right... and when im tired they hug me and kiss me. it makes me feel good and inspired.
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• United States
16 Aug 07
thats great that you praise them,and they help you out.i always do that too.and yes the hugs and kisses always make me feel great too.
@pinnibabu (135)
16 Aug 07
you should be really proud of your three little ones. This is the best time to inculcate such habits in children. I have a 5-yr-old daughter who does help me. But there are times too when she is so engrossed watching TV or playing with her friends that she doesn't bother about helping me. My yelling too doesn't matter. I only hope she really supports and helps me as she grows up. Best wishes to you too.
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• United States
16 Aug 07
yes i am very proud of them,i know what you mean when sometimes you yell at them and they are so involved in the t.v. so what i do i turn off the t.v,and start singing the clean up song,it works so far.
• United States
15 Aug 07
I try to teach my kids to help me clean. My hubbys mom didnt teach him very well so it was like I had to raise him after we got married. I think it is important to teach kids to be responcible for them selves. My kids now make their beds and clean their rooms. My son mops the floor and cleans the walls where needed.
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• United States
16 Aug 07
i totally agree,it makes it easier for us and them when they get older.because they will have some kind of knowlege on what to do with their house etc.thanks
• United States
15 Aug 07
That is sweet that they help you out like that. My son is only 15 months so he really doesn't know how to help me clean yet. He did take my towel off the front of the stove the other day and started wiping the floor like he was cleaning it. It was so cute!!
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• United States
16 Aug 07
thats so sweet,at least he is trying.its the small things they do that touches our hearts,thanks
@inked4life (4228)
• United States
15 Aug 07
My kids are pretty good at helping around the house if I ask them to.They have set chores that they have to do every day like making their beds, tidying their room and feeding and cleaning up after their pets. That is all stuff they do without being asked to
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• United States
15 Aug 07
that is so great that you dont have to tell them.it shows them how to be a responsible young little adult lol.it makes them feel good to knowing they are helping mommy and daddy out.thanks
• China
15 Aug 07
my son is 1yr seven months he feeds himself,get him self water to drink,tidy up the house after playing with his toys,cleans the rug if he eventually pee on it,plays with his younger sister whenever she cries and brings the phone to me each time it is ringing and almost knows how to controll virtually all the electronics appliance.what a gifted child.
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• United States
15 Aug 07
kids are so smart when it comes to the electonic items,sometimes they know how to work it better than us lol.god bless him.
@cher913 (25897)
• Canada
15 Aug 07
yes they do, but not without grumbling lol...they are girls/10 & 14 and i make them help because how else will they learn? they need to be self sufficient when they move out on their own
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• United States
15 Aug 07
that is so true,so its better they learn now.
@sr0415 (1140)
• Philippines
15 Aug 07
wow! I can't remember whether I am already "of help" to my mom when I was still 3. *hehe* But I do help her with household chores - like washing dishes, preparing the table and cleaning the house. Although I never do it as regularly as before (because I work), I still help her in some ways that I can - especially during my rest days. God bless! =)
• United States
15 Aug 07
thats so great that you find the time to help her out.i do that too with my mom.shes helped me out when i was growing up,so now i can help her out too.thanks for comment.
@tad1fan (3373)
• Canada
15 Aug 07
I wish I could say it does.....LOL.....i have 5 kids who all would do anything they could to help me,when they were younger.....now the youngest is 10 and the oldest 22,they do nothing!I work 60 + hours a week and still have to do the laundry and housework on my days off.....enjoy it while you can,it doesn't last
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• United States
15 Aug 07
thanks for comment,all i can do is pray that it will last.it will teach them to be responsible anyway.take care hon
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@sizzle3000 (3040)
• United States
18 Aug 07
When my daughter was five and six she loved to help me around the house. When she was about ten she wanted to help with dinner. When my daughter got to be thirteen she did not want to help any more. She thinks house work and chores are beneath her. My daughter is sixteen and she still has chores to do and we fight and argue all day. I think that kids doing chores makes them better people. The other point is when she is old enough to move out who is going to take care of her, if she can not take care of herself. My daughter doesn't know how to cook and doesn't want to learn. She is very stoborn. I hope that will change soon. My cousin says that it is just the teen years. My niece straightened out after she turned eighteen and I am hoping my daughter will too. Enjoy the little ones now while you can. I remember the great times my daughter and I had when she was younger. I am hoping things will get better once the hormones calm down. Maybe after she finds out life on her own is not all fun and games things will get better.
@carlaabt (3508)
• United States
17 Aug 07
My son loves to help out. He's only 18 months old, so there is still a lot of stuff that he WANTS to do, but can't do yet. He does pick up his own toys and put his laundry in his hamper, though. He also grabs a towel and cleans up the water if the dogs make a mess by their water bowl (I have to watch him on that one, though, or he sticks the towel in the bowl! lol). He gets really excited when I tell him he did a good job when he's cleaning something. He smiles really big and says "I did it! I a big boy!" And everyday when my husband gets up, my son runs to tell him all the big boy things he helped mommy with that day.