If you are a working parent, you probably know how hard it is to go to work all day and put in one shift, then have to come home and put in another. You are tired and you wish your kids would just do something to help out but no matter what you do or say, they just won’t. You know that it is only a matter of time until they’re all grown up and moved out of your house into the real world and you are trying your best to get them ready for that. You’ve decided that you are going to give your family chores so that you don’t have as much to do in the house. Good idea right? Here’s what you should know.
Teaching Life Lessons
Giving your family chores to do around the house is a great idea. It takes a bit of burden off of you and will leave you less tired out. My sister, who is a neonatal nurse told me this, and it’s so true! You work hard all day at work and you do not need to come home to work around your family. By having your kids do chores, you are teaching them responsibility and you are teaching them how to depend on themselves which is great for when they get out on their own. There are many things inside and outside your house that you could assign to your children as chores. You can even switch it up and have your kids doing different things weekly. If you have a heavy bag of trash to take out, have one of the kids take it out to the curb. Save yourself some steps.
If you have a family pet, such as a dog, chances are your kids wanted it. Make them feed, water and walk it. If the dog makes a mess, they should be responsible for cleaning it up. If your kids are messy and get things all over the place, assign vacuum duty to one of them and have them vacuum the family room. You work hard all day, so have your daughter start dinner for you before you get home. After dinner, have your other children share the dish duty so you can go and relax. If you have a dishwasher, have one of the kids load the dishes into it and your other kid unload them and put them away once they are cleaned. You can even implement a rewards system!
You want the best for your children in a lifetime and you also want a bit of a break. You work long, hard hours all week long, so having your children do some things around the house may seem like a great idea. Giving your children chores to do will help prepare them for life on their own someday and will give you a bit of a break. You will find that your kids become more dependent and giving rewards for a job well done is always an option for you to consider. Good luck!
Keli D. is a writer for AspiringNurse.com. She loves writing, and has 4 little ones to take care of.