I’ve been so busy with my new job, just learning the ropes and getting used to working outside the home again so it’s been an adjustment for my family, including learning to take it easy a bit with the chores. I work all day and just can’t finish everything on the list when I get home. So my hubby and I have been teaching our kids to help out more, as not only is it good for us parents, but it’s also good to teach them responsibility and the value of helping out. I never had to do much as a kid so I was pretty lazy and spoiled, not in a monetary way (quite the opposite), but in the way that I didn’t have to learn to do chores. Now that I’m a parent I want my children to know that it’s good to help out Mom and Dad, and to learn how to do this stuff now so when they are older it won’t be even harder to teach them. Yup. gotta start somewhere right? They are both old enough to make their beds, clean up their rooms (sometimes with help for organizing), and to pick up after themselves. They like to help in the garden, with weeding or raking, and sometimes with vacuuming or sweeping in the house. It usually helps too if you offer to give them a “star” on the white board. In our house, that means they get 10 cents at the end of the week. It adds up pretty fast if they help out every day, and teaches them the value of money. I set up “chore day” for Saturdays, so every weekend their rooms get organized/cleaned up once for sure as during the week it’s pretty hectic sometimes so that goes on the backburner.
My youngest just played his last game of soccer for the season the other day. It was a fun game and season. Ah… soccer. Now that it’s over for a while, I’ll have 2 new evenings freed up to do other things, like relax! ;p What does that word mean? Hrmm… not sure, never been good at it as a parent lol! But I’m trying, and that has to count for something right?