Do you give the kids chores?

Children doing dishes - Children doing dishes good chore to start them out with
@mrsbrian (1951)
United States
March 27, 2007 9:49pm CST
Do your children have chores? What kind of chores do you have them do?And what do you expect from them .Are they age related and at what age is it good to get them started on doing a few things.I know when they are small the like to follow mommy around and copy her sweeping and such but when they really have to start doing them do they fuss about it?
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• United States
28 Mar 07
Yes, my children did chores. From the time they were tiny and just wanted to 'help' we encouraged them. It was a way of teaching them how we wanted things done. Often having the child help would actually be more time consuming than doing it ourselves but we saw that as part of parenting. Of course as they were older they complained about helping. But it was so much a part of their lives by then that they knew they were expected to help. I really dislike the tendency towards parents not teaching their children what is to me such a basic part of our lives.
@czaroma (136)
• Philippines
28 Mar 07
Training children at an early age would make them responsible person. But we can't expect them to do chores at all times. My 3 year old daughter loves to volunteer when we are doing things around the house. At this age, I know she is very curious and wants to explore new things. I just let her help by picking up her toys.
• United States
28 Mar 07
I am unclear about what you mean by "expect them to do chores at all times". While I certainly didn't expect children to 'work' all day at chores, I did expect them to do the assigned daily chores daily. Usually with some prompting from parents. If it was a child's assigned task to empty all the waste paper baskets daily, then that chore had to be done by a set time. In the case of the waste baskets, it would have a 4pm time limit, so that the trash would go out with the other daily trash [kitchen garbage was not included in waste paper]. Failure to do assigned tasks resulted in loss of privileges. Even a three year old can understand that. In the case of a 3yo it would be loss of a favorite tv show for the day. Reminders were given often through out the day about completing chores.
@Munira (484)
• United States
28 Mar 07
I believe chores help teach children responsiblity and cleanliness. My 7 year old has the chore of keeping her bedroom presentable.
@xMinnie (162)
• Philippines
28 Mar 07
To raise disciplined and effective people, you must train them at a tender age. Children need training. So it's definitely good to give them a couple of easy chores for starters. Just don't overdo it, you know. :)