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Kids and Chores…What ARE Chores? — 10 Comments

  1. Fantastic points! I wholeheartedly agree with your rant! Our son is only 19 months old, but is already helping with chores and self care. He helps to vacuum, pick up his laundry, gets his tooth brush and bushes his teeth, and tidies up his toys. We do reward him though! We sometimes clap and say ‘yay! Good job!’ He gets really excited about it and claps, too. I guess that’s not really a reward, but rather recognition. It works though – he gets really excited about doing chores/self care activities 🙂

    • We think rewards are great–if they are genuine to the value of the work being done. And I think appreciation and recongnition are under appreciated in parenting these days. We need our kiddos to grow up appreciating intangible rewards as well as tangible rewards–that’s what adult is all about!

  2. Jamie, I so appreciate what you shared here. Thank you!! It’s good to know that there are others that have the same convictions as yourself. The same goals to raise happy, healthy children, that are an asset to not only their own self, their family, society, but also to their future family. Thank you. Well written!

    • Thanks for reading! We need to focus on preparing our children to be well-balanced adults for the rest of their lives–NOT filling their childhood with unrealistic expectations of constant recreation and then they wake up one day and slam into a brick wall of “the real world.” Regular chores and work doesn’t mean they don’t also have time for fun, games, and play.

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