Kidís chores should be part of every kidís life. If a child is not taught how to work when they are young, they will not know how to work
when they are old. Kidís chores can be something as simple as taking out the trash or making their bed. It is not abusive to teach a give a
kid chores to teach them responsibility. It is the parentís responsibility to teach their children to work and be productive citizens.
This process begins in the home and begins with kidís chores. As the child gets older, the size of the chore or responsibility should also
increase. For example, a 6 or 7 year old may only be capable of taking out the trash. A 14 year old on the other hand should be capable
of doing dishes and house other cleaning chores.
Kidís chores in days past used to include things like gathering eggs, milking cows, and irrigating the crops. With the ease of modern
inventions and improvements in technology the kidís chores are pretty well all automated. There are still small things a child can learn
responsibility from. It is not necessarily the size of the kidís chore that is important. The fact that a child is learning that they
have things they need to do everyday will help them as they mature. Even if the child learns initially that their dirty clothes go in
the dirty clothes hamper. They are learning there are things they need to do.
Rewarding Kids For Doing Chores
In a real life setting people who work are compensated for their efforts. It is a good idea to reward kids for doing their chores.
It doesnít have to be money that they are rewarded with. In some families the kidís chores are rewarded with special privileges or extended
play time. The kid who does his chores faithfully and without being reminded could be given more time on the computer or time to relax in
front of the Television.
Some families have success by using what is called a kidís chore chart or just chore chart. Here are some ideas of what might be included in such a chart.
The frequency of the chore, who is doing it, and a place to track if the chore is done or not should all be included on the chart. Some families will create a round chore chart with names stationary on the outside of the spinning circle and chores that can be rotated each week. This is very effective if there are several children sharing the chores. Kidís chore teaching techniques will improve as parents try different ways to implement this habit. Just in review, if children are going to learn how to work they must be taught in the home. The responsibility is the parents to see that their children know how to work.