Do your kids help with chores?

United States
April 14, 2008 3:45pm CST
My husband and I have 5 kids between both of us (he had 2, I had 1 and now we have "ours"). My goodness, I can NOT keep up with them as far as the house cleaning. They are all pretty much of the age to help, but of course they dont do it like "mama" likes it done. Then they said, whats the use to even try it mama--its not good enough for you!" Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions on getting them more interested in helping around the house. Thanks. :)
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
14 Apr 08
they do after much persuasion. they both do the dishes every night (we dont have a dishwasher, much to their chagrin!) they have to keep their rooms neat and just generally help when asked (they are girls ages 11 and almost 15).
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• United States
15 Apr 08
Yea, and we even have a dishwasher and you would think that would make it easier on them. But instead, you would think you was breaking their arm off :)
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
14 Apr 08
My child is only 4 1/2. And she tries to be very helpful. She likes to help me put laundry in the dryer. She and her daddy set the table for dinner sometimes. It makes her wear a big smile. She picks up her clothes off the floor, and puts them in her hamper. Hopefully this is the start of good habits. As far as advice, I think I have learned from my hubby to be less picky. It isn't as important HOW the dishwasher is loaded only that it gets loaded..Maybe take notice of the efforts that are made..even if it isn't as you would do it. At the end of the day it's the time you spend together as a family..not if a bed has hospital corners when it's made. These are things my hubby says and I think he is correct.
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• United States
15 Apr 08
My 2 yr old seems to enjoy helping out for now...not sure how long that will last though...lol :)
@kezabelle (2985)
14 Apr 08
Dont let on to them that it wasnt done well enough would be a good start! If its not done exactly how you like dont say that just thank them and maybe re do it later, they wont feel encouraged at all if they think what they are doing is not good enough praise is the key in making your children feel good enough about something they have done to want to keep doing it!
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• United States
14 Apr 08
I dont actually tell them its not good enough...they just see me going behind them and redoing it all i guess. Thanks for the response.
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@jer31558 (3683)
• United States
16 Apr 08
They can be very helpful when they choose to be, but unfortunately is usually not as simple as just asking.
• United States
16 Apr 08
Isnt that the truth!
@cherriemae (3374)
• Philippines
15 Apr 08
my daughter is only 3, she's not that really eager to help me with house chores, but sometimes she has her own broom to swept the floor..LOL also, when i laundry, she's there to help me but she really want to play with bubbles..hahaha
• United States
15 Apr 08
Now my 2 year old does like to help me take the clothes out of the dryer, but only so she can get in!!! lol
@eoneguru (29)
• United States
15 Apr 08
my 6yr old helps when she thinks she is getting something.
• United States
15 Apr 08
That always makes them eager to help, but then I go broke....lol