For as long as I can remember growing up, my siblings and I had a chore list waiting for us every morning. My mom would write K A or E (for the first letter of our first names) next to each assigned task. They included things such as vacumning, dusting, emptying the dishwasher, making our beds and brushing the dog. This was my normal. The lesson wasn't lost on me. I think it's important for children to help the family out with things that need to get done. It instills a sense of responsibility early on that they can expect as they get older. For my parents, it was always, "finish your chores then go play", not the reverse. So, while reading this article, I realized I've already continued that "tradition" with both my children. Age appopriate chores for both of them. Since Addison is almost two, for her, that means cleaning up the toys at the end of the day and putting them in their bins. For Brianna, who will be 4 in the fall, it includes feeding the dog, bringing her plate to the counter when she's done, cleaning up and sometimes helping mom or dad cook. And, instead of protesting, like I kind of expected, both of my girls actually seem to enjoy the responsibility. Sometimes Addison likes to "help" me fold the laundry, which entails tossing the clothes back into the basket unfolded, but hey, she says, "help?", so I'm not going to say no to getting her into the habit. And if Brianna spills something she's helping me pour into a bowl, I remind myself that she's trying and someday won't need my help. Both my girls even ask for their own swiffer to help me dust! Perhaps my need for clean is genetic?!
Feel free to share what your family does and how it's similiar or different from the way you were raised in the comments section!