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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Training the Family Workforce


Train your kids in organization because, as you know, you can’t do it all. Don’t feel guilty about training your kids to do jobs around the house---they need the responsibility, and work is good for them—you’re training them to be responsible adults. We have a daily and weekly schedule, so the kids get in the morning knowing what they need to do. Each morning’s chore is probably different, but they know what is expected each day and each week. A schedule builds security in kids. When we start out I train the kids to do their chores, working with them to show them how to do each job. I rotate the chores once every year, during the summer, so that everyone they learns to become competent in all the chores. I have the summer to train them, which makes the school year flow much more smoothly. Train them to do each job thoroughly, making your instructions clear and easy to follow. Sometimes after they are thoroughly trained, do it with them just because it’s fun to be together!

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Blogger momnerd said...

Wow, you are so organized! Thank you for your encouragement on such a timeless topic! It sounds like your desire is to equip your children, rather than going after a clean house. I have a much smaller family of 4 (children ages 4 and 6). But I often feel guilty about making my children help out; so I do not remain consistent. A friend's comment about "robbing their childhood" if they help out "too much" sits on one shoulder when Responsibilty is whispering to me on the other. I am not sure how much time chores should occupy and what is reasonable for their ages and our family size. And I assume it all fluctuates depending on whether it is school or summer. Thank you for your time!
Melissa in Springville, AL

June 20, 2008 at 10:38 PM  
Anonymous Marilyn Boyer said...

I used to feel guilty about having the kids do so many chores, too. As the years went by, though, it became more clear to me that kids need to learn responsibility at an early age so it becomes engrained in them, just second nature. Now that I have adult children, they have mentioned MANY times being thankful for having learned a healthy work ethic while young. Our job is to train our kids to be responsible adults who view their job on earth as one to serve their Savior and not entertain themselves constantly. We do have plenty of fun, but responsiblities come first, then you can "play" with a clear conscience.
God bless you. Stick to it. Lots of folks won't understand, but God will bless you for it and when your kids are older, they will thank you for it!

June 25, 2008 at 10:28 AM  
Anonymous Debbie in MA said...

My husband and I can relate to both the comment, and your response to it, Marilyn! It's nice to know that there are other parents out there who have the same philosophy as we do when it comes to work and play, responsibility and entertainment. Besides other people not understanding why we do what we do, sometimes our children do not understand why they must do "so much more" than their friends, (along with other things that we either do or do not allow) and that can also be difficult. But we do need to remember Who we have to answer to for how we reared our children (and it's not other parents!). I think I will try the summer chore training time - never thought about doing that. Thank you for all your great thoughts and ideas and, more importantly, the encouragement and confirmation that they give to us.

June 6, 2011 at 5:38 PM  

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