A friend of mine made the comment how her daughter did a through job when doing a certain household chore. This same daughter, who was ‘usually in her own little world’, is now taking her responsibilities more seriously.
This precious jewel is FIVE years old! Yes, even at five a child can do a good job cleaning the toilet… and many other things. But most children will never do this unless there are patient and loving parents to show them how, over and over again and you must work along side them if you want them to do a good job!
Sadly, most parents expect very little from their children; couple that with children being away from their parents for the majority of the day… for the majority of their childhood, and that leaves them untrained in basic household responsibilities.
We live in a skill deficient generation where a good work ethic is seriously lacking. For most kids life is too easy, they grow up believing that getting a good grade, a shelf full of trophies and a college degree will guarantee them the good life. Then they get a hard slap of reality and spend the rest of their life either making up for lost time learning what their parents neglected to teach them or they play the blame game and wallow in the Pit of State Dependence.
My point is, children are capable of so much if they are taught with a consistent and gentle spirit from a young age. In the life of a child, training and consistency are as necessary as food and shelter. Can you truly love your child if you do not feed them or give them a home to live in? Can you truly love your child if you cripple them in skills and attitude?
Our 3 year old is a great help around the house. Right now the most important thing is that she understands that she is part of the family and that she HAS to do her part, it’s not so much about efficiency as it is attitude! Her attitude has to be cheerful and helpful, no freeloaders here!
There is no doubt in my mind that daily chores are
an absolute must for raising responsible children.
Work is a good thing.
Work is a necessity for all of us.