Children and Chores - Do They Need To Be Doing More?

When I was 12 years old, my major household chore was mowing the lawn. We had an electric lawn mower that had a 100-ft. cord plus we had tons of extension cords plugged into as well.

My dad gave me these wise words of wisdom, “Cut the lawn but if you run over the cord with the lawn mower, you will be electrocuted and die.” I mowed the lawn in frenzied paranoia that it would indeed be my last day on Earth.

To this day, that is my least favorite chore ever. And I still don’t know if he was telling me the truth or not.

A recent article in the New York Times talks about:

Why Children Need More Chores

The article highlights a recent study and goes on to say that we are raising a generation of dependent children. Kids who cannot do their own laundry or even cut their own meat.

I am not sure where we fall on that spectrum. My kids can and do cut their own meat. They put away their laundry but they do not wash or dry it. Occasionally they fold it but that doesn’t turn out so well.

I fully agree that we are raising dependent children. Kids need to be doing more. They did more at my age. My kids don’t do all that much now and we are working together as a family (my husband and I doing that united front thing) getting them to actively do chores in our house.

We have a whiteboard in the kitchen and they write all of their chores on it on a weekly basis. They keep track of who does what and they get allowance. Our problem is that we (the parents) are not always consistent and if it is just easier to do ourselves, sometimes we will catch ourselves doing just that.

My problem is that they spend all day in school and then come home to do homework. That mom guilt sets in when I then ask them to do chores. I am working on that.



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