Chores

Sabrina - posted on 04/28/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Does anyone give their children chores to do around the house? If so how old is your child and do you give them an allowance?

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April - posted on 04/29/2010

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I have 5 kids and they all help around the house. My oldest 2 are 9 and 8-they take turns loading and unloading the dishwasher, they do their own laundry (except for whites, as I dont want them messing with bleach), and feed the dog. My middle child is 4-she is in charge of picking up and putting away shoes and jackets. She also helps clear the table after meals. My twins are 2 and clear their own plates after meals, get themselves dressed, and "help" fold laundry. I do not give them allowance, but I have a list of things that are above and beyond that they may earn money for. The entire family picks up 10 toys each at the end of the day right before bedtime, regardless of who played with what. It is sometimes tiring to enforce, when I know I could do it faster, but I think its important in the long run!

Louise - posted on 04/29/2010

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All three of my kids are doing chores my eldest is 18 and then I have a 15 year old and then my daughter is 17 months. My little girl tidies her toys away last thing at night before bath time and she loves to bring in the post. My older boys have done lots of jobs whilst they were growing up from walking the dog, stacking the dishwasher, taking the ironing upstairs, putting the bins out, poop scooping the garden, fetching the papers from the shops, laying tables and now they are older cooking dinners and baby sitting there sister and my eldest does his own washing and ironing. As they get older they have more responsibility so I taylor a job for them. They had an allowance each month until they started to work and now they do there jobs to contribute to the family. My eldest son does not pay rent as he is saving for uni in september so he pays his way by doing jobs around the house.

Lori - posted on 04/28/2010

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My kids help with "chores", but I don't pay them; they are only 4 and 2. They like to help Mommy and Daddy work and it gives them a sense of accomplishment and belonging, I think. My two year old helps fill the dog and cat food bowls. My 4 year old puts away clean silverware. They but put their dirty clothing in the hampers in their rooms. Of course, these are very closely supervised.

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