Childhood Responsibilities

By: Kathy

I make my kids take out the trash…..

I was with a group of moms the other day and they were talking about how they have to get the house clean, make the lunches and laundry.

I stopped them for a minute and explained in our house my children are 5 and 6 and they do the following things every week:

1. Taking out the trash

Screen Shot 2015-07-02 at 1.37.27 PM2. Taking out the recycling

3. Cleaning their room

4. Cleaning their bathroom

5. Emptying the dish washer

6. Loading the dish washer

7. Put clothes in the wash ( I have to start it they can’t reach)

8 . Put clothes in the dryer (I have to start it they can’t reach)

9. Help put groceries away

10. Sweep or vacuum

They were SHOCKED. A mom asked if I paid them and I informed her that I didn’t. They also make their beds, put away laundry, take baths, brush their teeth, and go to bed on time- all of which were things other parents said they paid their children to do. Bathing shouldn’t be paid should it??

I live in the house just like they do. I work full time, they go to school full time- we all have the same full time “job.” I was then asked if I felt I was being harsh. I told them that I didn’t think. When I grew up we had the same responsibility without pay, so why shouldn’t I do the same for my kids? It is part of being a family. We have more time on the weekends because I am not tied to the household duties.

What do you think? Do your children have responsibilities ?  Not chores for pay! Things they NEED to do in the home.


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