Do you have your child do chores?

Serene - posted on 05/28/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My son will be 3 on June 1st and I have him do chores. I have him clean up his room, like pick up his toys and put them in toy box and put his shoes up in the closet. He dresses and undresses himself every morning and evening. He puts his dirty clothes in the hamper. When we sit down to eat dinner he wants to help set the table. When we are done eating I make him clean up after himself by throwing away his trash and putting his dishes in the sink. Am I being strict? Ladies if you have your child do chores then what are they and how old were they when they started them?

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Kathryn - posted on 05/28/2011

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Sounds like an excellent deal you have!

I don't have him do them all the time but when I ask he helps. My son will help with sweeping(dustpan duty)/vaccuming (the couch), dusting and spraying windows. He helps me with laundry, loading the washer and switching it into the dryer. He enjoys setting the table and helping with the dishwasher. He helps us with his younger brother by getting me things he needs. We also just started pooper scooper (just recentlly brought our outside cats in and he watched me scoop thier litter box and asked if he could do it, now it is his job by choice). Feeding the dogs, daily, also by choice.
Most of the cleaning and laundry we have been doing for close to a year now. Cleaning up after eating about 1/2 a year ago.

He takes his shoes off and places them in a backpack by the front door. My son almost REFUSES to get himself dressed, if he does he throws a fit the whole time, Acting like it is the worst thing in the world.

Keep it up, not only are you going to have a responsible son but when he is a man he will be ahead of the game if he is already rountined.

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