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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

This is the way we scrub the bathroom, scrub the bathroom...

It has been a long break since my last post as I was busy nursing two ailing children with viral fever. Now that the fever has subsided, I am glad to pick up my pen or shall I say, keyboard again!

Today is a good day for me as my children helped to scrub the bathroom tiles, yes, even my two year old Rock! They did such a good job that it would put some of my part-time helpers to shame. The Princess, in particular, was extremely enthusiastic about it and she refused to let me do much of the job at all. She even helped to wash the dishes at the later part of the evening, on top of the usual packing up (after the Rock) that she has gotten quite used to doing. I must say I am quite proud of my Princess (who needs to do chores, unlike the ones in the palaces and castles).

The Rock, on the other hand, needs some coaxing to complete his tasks on most times, although he does quite a neat job when he does obey and pack up his toys. Hence I needed to find a way to encourage him (and the Princess) to pack up after himself and help with some chores. I came across this nifty idea of using a chores chart, not any ordinary chores chart but a pictorial one for the young ones! 


The author also paid her children for chores done (these chores are over and above those they do "for free"), this I am still contemplating if I should I implement. I like the idea of reward but I am not sure if it will encourage the "I will do only if I am paid" attitude towards chores.

Do you pay your children for chores done? I'll love to hear about your chore system at home in the comments!

9 comments:

  1. We have a marble jar where they earn marbles for doing chores or helping pick up. when the jars are full they get to pick a toy!

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    1. I love this idea! Although I may use something else instead of marbles as the Rock has a habit of putting things in his mouth. It is easy to for the children to see the content inside the jar "growing" so it may encourage them to keep at the chores to "grow" the contents of the jar!

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  2. I see no problem with paying for chores. As an adult, I don't do much of anything if I don't see some sort of reward coming out of it :) Even the things I do in secret, God says He will reward me! Kids need jobs. It helps them feel like they can accomplish something and are needed.

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    1. Thanks for your comment. Good reminder about "Even the things I do in secret, God says He will reward me!" Now that I think of it, it is not a bad idea to introduce the concept of "being responsible and diligent in your job" and you will reap rewards (in monetary terms or otherwise).

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  3. I've used more chore systems than I can remember! Right now we work together (though I give them assignments that are posted on the fridge that they have to do) for ten minutes per floor. I also have a rule that they have to put 5 things away in the back room. That's our messiest area. The kids get an allowance every week if they're younger. Olders are paid for jobs like mowing lawns and doing all the floors. I will sometimes give a reward to kids that I see working especially hard. It's always a challenge! :-)

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    1. Thanks for your comment. I think most people seems to think it's ok to reward (monetarily or otherwise) for chores done, so I think I am going to try that! :)

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  4. I don't pay the kids for simple chores like putting their dishes away after the meal. They also help me with putting away their clothes and hanging up t-shirts. We have a dishwasher and they also help me to put away the clean dishes once they are dry. I am trying to cultivate a habit of helping out around the house while they are young so they will not expect any different when they are older. I think it is good to start when they are young.

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    1. Thanks for your reply. I agree it's important to start when they are young as I myself did not participate in much household chores till I was much older and I still can't say I'm anywhere excited about it! :P

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  5. We are on week three of our chore chart for our 6 year old, and it is not going as well as I'd hoped. My idea was that he would dutifully carry out his chores daily without me having to remind or harp on him. In turn, he earns a quarter for every day completed. However, he seems to see it as an optional activity that he may or may not do in a day. He only has 4 chores! I'm thinking Ill have to find some sort of negative consequence for not doing his chores in a day... like no TV or ipad time...

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