Chores....do your kids have any?

United States
April 1, 2007 10:16pm CST
Do your kids have chores that they are responsible for? How did you decide which chores your child would do?
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@misheleen73 (6037)
• United States
2 Apr 07
my boys are supposed to clean their room (note the "supposed to") They do help feed the dog, empty & load the dishwasher, etc. They are 9 & 7 and the harder I try to get them to do something, the more it doesn't get done. Their father doesn't help much either. Whenever he sees them taking out the garbage or something, he'll say "why are they doing that" I try to explain it teaches responsibility, but he is from another country and sometimes can be VERY thick headed !!!
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• Canada
2 Apr 07
Yes our children have chores . The older children have the chore of doing dishes and trying to keep the living room tidy and sometimes preparing some of the meals and taking out the garbage . There are three of them that are older and they kind of split it up amongst themselves but when nothing is getting done then we decide who is doing what and usually the one who has done the least for the day will get the job that nobody wants to do and we just kind of take it from there .
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• Philippines
14 Jun 07
i still dont have kids, but when i was a kid i was given chores to do.. me and my sister would alternate in washing the dishes and sweeping the floor.. we taught early to do these things, and thanks for my parents for that...
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@paidreader (5152)
• United States
2 Apr 07
LOL, Oh yeah! She's got the whole kit & kaboodle since she has now moved out on her own. When she was young though, she had several responsibilities. In order to teach her on several levels, we would discuss the things that needed to be done and decide which chores we would each take care of. (Hubby doesn't do housework) One of the biggest jobs was the dishes. To be fair, we would compare our schedules and work out who did what & on which days. This way she wouldn't get stuck with dishes on the night she had a dance recital at school and I didn't have to do them late at night when I had to work late. Of course that helped me determine the weeks menu and the grocery shopping list at the same time too, but it worked out well for us. She also got to take care of cleaning her sugar gliders cage once a week, but we would sometimes negotiate a job switch if something unexpected came up. Wouldn't you know I got to clean it about once a month. Sometimes it beat matching & folding socks though. I have a tendency of letting them build up in the basket til hubby's almost out, lol. She did become a pretty shrewd negotiator though. I was studying for my real estate appraisers license when she got into high school. With the long hours between work & school, she usually managed getting an extra $20 a week from me just for taking care of the dinner dishes all week, roflol.
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@bobbyjoe143 (1287)
14 Jun 07
my son is 8 and so far does not have chores to do, but it is his responsibility to tidy his room, if it is not tidied, things get thrown away or put away so he can't get them (he really doesn't like that so he tidies his room). he also makes sure that all his dirt laundry is in the was basket and not thrown around for me to pick up, as he gets older and starts asking for pocket money, he will be given more things to do. on occasions that he wants money for things like sweets, he offers to do odd jobs, the last thing he did for a little spending money was some weeding in the garden :)
• United States
14 Jun 07
Yes all of my chidren have chores including my 2 year old. My son has kitchen duty, he has to make sure the dishes are cleaned and the countertops are wiped clean. My 11 year old has kitchen garbage detail. It is her job to make sure all the garbage reaches the polycart outside (she is special needs so tis is a big deal for her) My 4 year old has bathroom garbage detail and is suppose to make sure all dirty clothes reach the laundry that are left in the bathroom. And my 2 year old has toys detail, she is to make sure she picks up all her toys in the livingroom. All of them are also responsible for keeping their rooms clean, which rarely happens but I can hope for one day lol. I base what my children do by age and mentality. I don't want to make them do everything in the house but I expect them to help take care of it.