Thursday, February 9, 2012

Considering Chores

As I plan for next year (Oh, it's fun!), I have been contemplating chores. I think a goal for this summer will be to teach everyone a new chore and clarify the ones they've been doing as their own responsibility.

Someone at Faith and Family posted a link to this article that I found timely: What can children do? A guide. I'll be keeping this in mind as I look around the house to find jobs for everyone.


  1. Here's something weird I've run into with "chores". And yes, Gemma is still very young. If I tell her to do something, not always so much luck... If I completely let it go, she will happily do something to surprise me (IE fold a basket of towels, make her bed, even get dressed herself). It's always interesting to see what motivates a kid. Good luck with your chores...I'll be curious to read an update, and to take a look at the F&F article. Thx for posting.

  2. Alright, I just went back and read the article you linked, it was soooo good. Thank you for sharing. I shared it with the gals in my Motherhood group I liked it so much. And I was edified at all the things it mentioned that are already going on at our house. Of course, we're all works in progress. But I read it and was inspired yet at the same time didn't feel like a complete slacker. My kids know how to put their jammies and shoes away, Gemma can fold simple laundry, small things like that that I don't give a whole lot of thought. Definitely lots of ideas to ponder though. Thanks again for linking!

  3. I didn't follow your link yet, but it reminded me of a site I'd bookmarked talking about age-appropriate chores. I really liked their approach to chores as learning the skills they will need for adulthood. If you click around the site, you can find age appropriate chores for a variety of ages.

  4. Monica, my kids do a lot of things already, but they do it because I tell them to do it. I want them to take ownership of some chores and (maybe!) do them without being reminded. We'll see how that goes.

    Michelle, thank you for that link! It will help me a lot, especially thinking about Second Son. He's the baby and (so far) there isn't another, so I do a lot for him that Second Daughter and the others did for themselves by now.

    Much to think about in the next few months...


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