Both of my boys are a bit young at the moment to do too much, especially unsupervised and quite frankly it can cause more mess and take up more of my time if I do get them to do things to help me around the house, but when they are older I think it is a positive thing for children to help around the house.
At the moment, Reuben takes his own plate away from the dinner table and puts it on the side, he will from time to time help me wash the dishes, if he spills something I give him a cloth and he wipes it up, in the morning he helps me sweep up and I will sometimes let him mop too. These are all very simple and basic jobs, but we make them fun and he enjoys getting involved (in fact we have had many a temper tantrum from Toby recently because he isn’t allowed to get involved as he’s too little and just makes such a mess… dishes he does occasionally help me with, but he effectively gets in the sink… think more bath, less dishes!). On some of the parenting forums I have been on recently I have found that quite a lot of Mamas feel that ‘chores’ where the child is appointed doing dishes or appointed mopping the floor etc is a way of spoiling their childhood and something that should be an adult role, after all there is plenty of time to do that later on but we don’t get to enjoy all that much time as children.
What do you think? Do your children do ‘chores’?
As a busy Mama I often find that there are little chores around the house that simply don’t get done unless I have help (which I do, which I am eternally grateful for). When my boys are older and can do proper chores, I will have a chore rota, nothing fancy – this isn’t an opportunity for me to sit on my bottom and have a cup of tea while they clean around me like maids (I wish!) but it is an opportunity for them to grow up to understand the importance of respecting yours and others spaces and appreciating that what you have should be cared for and looked after.
I’d love to know what you do with your little ones and how you feel about the subject! Are their chores that are quite common that you don’t agree with children doing?