I have two boys, 10 and 7 years old. They have been doing various chore since they were two. It started with putting their toys away and putting their clothes in their hampers. Now they can load and unload the dishwasher; sort, wash and put away their laundry; clean and vacumn their bedrooms; clean their bathroom; cook eggs, french toast, pancakes, and even lasagna.
My oldest says that he's the only one in his class who does chores. I thought he was exagerrating but in talking with other moms, I found that he may be right. I've seen other kids bedrooms that are so messy that you can't find the bed. I've heard stories about how "mom, will pick it up form me". I've seen parents running back to school with their kids lunch/homework/jacket, etc.
We talk about accountability. We talk about building responsible adults yet we do so much for our own children that wasn't done for us when we were young. Have we regressed? Are we overcompensating? Or am I completely off the wall re: this topic?
I'd like to know what you think? Does your child do any chores? Are their consequences for when they don't get them done? Are they equal to/ less than/ more than what you did as a child? Are they linked to an allowance? I'm curious to see what you think. Drop me a note.