Comments: Little Helpers

If I could go back in time and have you for a mom, I would! What fun to teach the kids not only to do some chores, but to enjoy doing it, helping because you're all a family! Ours was more the "it's easier for me to do it myself (and then whine about not getting any help)" kind of family.

Could you begin with some simple budgeting, at least with the older two? Adding up the cost of the ingredients of their favorite cookies or meal, oldest figuring out cost per serving. Or helping to plan one or two dinners for the next week - making a list of needed ingredients, checking to see if they are on hand or if they need to be purchased.

It's so encouraging to see someone willing to teach these skills - based on what I see here on a college campus, not many families bother!

Posted by diane at May 28, 2008 06:44 AM

Oh you make me want to go buy a front loading washer! Actually, we're working on teaching our 8 year old to do some laundry. He's sorting before and folding after.

Both boys, 8 and 5, strip the sheets off their beds and the 8 year old makes his. Both put their animals back on afterwards. They collect trash and bring the cans back up to the garage. The biggest help they've been lately is helping with the puppy in taking her out. That's been huge. They also take care of their own pet guinea pigs.
Setting and clearing the table and the 8 year old has learned to dry dishes. Actually the 5 year old wants to do what older brother does so he's been helping too. I have just begun teaching them how to clean their bathroom. The goal I have in mind at this stage is taking care of as much of their own things/needs as possible.

Posted by Jennifer at May 28, 2008 02:40 PM

My five year old loves to clean his bedroom. But he also loves to shove clothes, toys, books or whatever into all the drawers. Out of sight means it's clean. I still shower him with praise for doing a great job. He is always so proud, how can I get mad when he is making an effort?
My three year old amazingly loves the opportunity to perfom a task, no matter how small. But her attention span is very limited. It all depends on her mood actually.
We aren't folding laundry, setting tables or cleaning bathrooms yet. I can't wait for that day. You are lucky to have such eager children.
As far as motivating my kids to try to help with something I have to make a game of it. A race against time if you will. Whoever does whatever it is I ask the fastest wins. They don't really win anything except me telling them they were the fastest and therefore won. Luckily my kids are young enough to fall for it every time.

Posted by Melissa at May 29, 2008 01:04 AM