Does your child have chores to do?

@KrisNY (7609)
United States
January 21, 2007 1:29pm CST
My daughter is 10 and yes she has chores. Not alot of them but enough to teach her responsibility. She has to keep her room and playroom clean and sweep the kitchen floor a couple times a week. How many other parents have their kids doing chores? Do they get allowances? Is it a struggle to get them to do them?
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@Thoroughrob (11771)
• United States
24 Feb 07
Yes my son does have chores. He has been doing some chores since the age of 5. At first they were little things, like setting the table and picking up things in his room. Now it is a lot bigger jobs. It only takes about 20 to 30 minutes at the most. He needs to be responsible and start getting ready to be on his own.
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@KrisNY (7609)
• United States
24 Feb 07
I agree-- I had chores as a kid-- So I think our kids should too.. It teaches them responsibility.
• United States
22 Jan 07
I've never been one to put up schedules and such. We all know that we work together to keep the house clean. When need be, I will assign chores and even have a "cleaning day" when everyone must be home to get the house back into shape! I don't really do allowances either and it's pretty much based upon their needs. I don't always have the disposable income to let them do what they want but I've noticed that if I try the "allowance" thing I'm still handing them more money so I figure this way I know where the money is going.
@shatman (728)
21 Jan 07
haha well i'll answer this for my mum, yes i do have chores, i dont mind doing them, i see it as paying back my mum for all the things she has done for me. and yes i do gte paid for them, but most of my money is from my job after school
@KrisNY (7609)
• United States
21 Jan 07
Well you sound like a great kid to have. I only hope my daughter feels the same when she is your age. Your mom should be very proud!
@shatman (728)
21 Jan 07
well i would hope she is proud, like to do things to make her proud. and if helping round the house does that then im happy
@lpetges (3037)
• United States
21 Jan 07
my children always had chores to do. whether they accomplished them perfectly, or on time was another story. its good to give them jobs around the house, and i didn't reward them with money either. i explained that by getting chores around the house done meant more time i could spend with them. it made them feel important as i look back, that is the whole thing that keeps your family on the same page, and respondiblity is a great thing to teach them.
@KrisNY (7609)
• United States
21 Jan 07
I don't reward my daughter with money either-- Except at Christmas time-- she works extra hard to make money to buy gifts.. Its cute.. She is rewarded by going to the movies, getting pedicures, playing extra board games, that kind of fun stuff.. thanks for the comment!
• United States
22 Jan 07
ME and my lil brothers clean the whole down stairs area and our room which are up stairs .Its not my lil brothers are 12 and we been had alot of responsiblities since we where around the ges of 9 years old its not alot ppl just complain
• United States
22 Jan 07
Yes. My youngest is too young, but my 4 year old cleans her room, plays with her sister, and sets the table. She know she has to help with her sister becuase we are a team! Her dream is to be a mom when she grows up so she must enjoy it.
@sarah22 (3981)
• United States
22 Jan 07
yes, even though mine are younger than yours. they need to keep there rooms clean and pick up there toys when they have them around the house. when they start young they stick with it. my son loves helping with the washing and the dishes. at times it drivers me crazy and other times hes a great help. hes 4 in may and loves to vaccum.hahah
@mansha (6301)
• India
22 Jan 07
My son is eight and he only has to keep his room clean and put out his clothes that he changes near washing machine. During last holidays, he volunteered to learn few things like making sandwiches for himself so I taught him that, he loves making them so generally makes his evening snack now. apart from that I have not given him any chores to do. I don't give him alowance for work h does but its usually all the spill over change in my purse which he keeps getting and he keeps them in his piggy bank. I give him 10Rs INR in his school, bag if he would like to spend them on anythiong he can spend but he is a saver so he keeps saving that too. He gets all the goodies at home so I guess it does not make any difference to him whether he spends the money or not.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
22 Jan 07
I had chores my kids had chores and my grankid will have chores and yes an allowance is the thing to get them to do it
• United States
21 Jan 07
Yes my oldest two children do have chores to do each day except Sunday. They have to usually come home from school, have a snack, and then do their chores. they feed our animals, keep their room clean and also have the livingroom and bathroom to keep straight.My oldest daughter is ten. My oldest son is 8. They get paid on Saturdays. They don't seem to mind. It is teaching them how to clean and more of what a routine job would be like when they get older.