I still remember the day I asked my mom to give me chores. I saw all my friends were doing them and I wanted to be just like them. I had no idea what a crazy thing it was to ask for. I just knew I wanted them.
My mom just laughed and said I could unload the silverware. I felt like I was on top of the world and was so excited to be just like my friends.
Fast forward a few more years and unloading the dishwasher became my least favorite chore EVER. I’m not even going to lie to you right now. I still hate them, even as an adult! Well, that and laundry. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen me complaining about the laundry mountain I have to fold each week!
The funny thing is that it all came back around when my kids started asking to do chores. They still think they’re fun and I have to maximize on that as long as I can!
There are so many reasons I want my kids to do chores and I promise they aren’t all selfish!
Why Our Kids Do Chores Every Day
Take responsibility for the messes they make
I don’t know about you but my kids can make messes that go against the basic principles of physics. I turn my head for one moment and my formerly clean room turns upside down and somehow everything ends up out of place.
It still shocks me to see just how messy it can all become. Although as quickly it happens, it always takes one hundred times longer to get them to clean it!
Our family quickly decided to let our kids know they are responsible for their own messes. They can make their room as messy as they’d like, as long as they remember it’s their job to tidy up afterward. It definitely makes them think twice before demolishing a room!
Learn skills they need as adults
As a parent, sometimes it’s easier to simply do things on our own. We see that something needs to get done and also how much longer it will take if we ask the kids to do it.
In those moments, I’m always reminded of something a pastor told me. As moms, we’re teaching our kids how to treat their future partner. If we do everything for them, they’re going to expect their wife to do the same thing.
By teaching our kids to clean up after themselves, they learn how to respect their future partner and themselves. I want my boys to be able to be independent and self-sufficient. I let them help me around the house, take responsibility for their room, and be my big helpers in pretty much everything else.
If you give your kids everything they want in life, they don’t always realize how blessed they are to have them. We make our kids do chores and work hard because it teaches them to be grateful for what they’ve been blessed with.
They also realize the value of their things because they see how hard it was to work for them. When kids are little and something breaks they have the same nonchalant response…
Let’s just get a new one.
They’re little and don’t realize it’s not always that easy. By teaching them to work hard and be grateful, they take better care of the things they have in their life. They even learn to respect it!
Big families make big messes and momma needs help!
Our once little family has gotten bigger over the years. Now we are a family of five and the messes and responsibilities just get bigger and bigger. I don’t know about you, but mama can’t do it all!
If I tried to do it all by myself, I would shrivel up in a corner. There’s no way. Instead, my husband and I teach our kids that everyone takes part in our family responsibilities. If you make a mess, you clean it up. When someone makes dinner you either help prepare it, set the table, or do the dishes afterward.
Everyone helps and it makes our family stronger.
What chores do your kids do at home?