Work is good.
That’s a lesson we want our children to learn as they grow up. We want them immersed in a culture that encourages them to work hard and avoid laziness.
I have to remind myself that even though I can accomplish tasks better or faster by myself, it’s more important to teach our daughters how to do those tasks alongside me.
We try to find the balance between having them do chores just to help out because they’re part of the family and teaching them to equate work with being paid.
Therefore, there are certain assignments they complete on a daily basis that don’t earn them money. These include making their bed; setting and clearing the table at mealtimes; cleaning out the dishwasher; folding laundry.
The chores they get paid for are typically done on Saturday mornings. These weekly tasks include vacuuming their bedrooms, bathroom, and hallway; cleaning their bathroom; dusting; emptying trash cans; and doing a load of laundry.
Each year, on their birthday, we raise their “pay” and they are also assigned new chores. If at any point they want to earn additional money, I can usually find extra tasks around the house that they can do for payment.
We have them divide their money into three categories, using envelopes like Dave Ramsey talks about in his program. They have one for giving, one for saving, and one for spending.
At times, I ask for the girls’ help and they’re expected to give it quickly and with a good attitude. For example, on Wednesday I was drowning in work and asked them to vacuum the living room and kitchen, which they did.
I want our girls to pursue their interests, enjoy their summer, and have plenty of down time. Yet they also need to realize, at ages twelve and ten, that there is work to be done every day. They can also begin to understand the principle of using their time wisely and not wasting it. All of life involves work and I want them to feel the sense of accomplishment that comes with a job well done.
How do handle chores with your children?