So, I know that this one probably wont be very much for the kids.
Certainly not as fun as dancing or singing…making cookies or doing crafts; but one of the best ways to combat boredom, that often leads to too much screen time, is implementing household chores.
And contrary to most children’s opinions, parents don’t implement chores to rid themselves of unsavory tasks (although that is an added benefit), they implement chores to help their children build a sense of responsibility and a good work ethic.
Chores teach children teamwork and build in them a sense of ownership.
We all live in this house, not just mom!
We all mess up this house
We should all help clean it up.
Even small children, from the time they can understand the most simplest command, should help with clean up; starting with picking up their toys.
Other chores can include:
Setting the table
Clearing the table
Loading the dishwasher
Putting their clothes away
Helping put food away
Children need to learn from a young age the satisfaction of work.
It’s sad that today many children equate work with drudgery. They are told “enjoy playing while your young, because when you grow up you have to work”, as if that is somehow a negative thing!
But work should be satisfying.
The result of this pessimistic narrative is a generation of young people who have never really grown up. They are in their 20s and 30s, have children, and still spend their weekends playing video games.
Some never even get as far as marriage and children, because they are too afraid of responsibility; having been told their whole life that responsibility is something distasteful and to be shunned.
One way to teach the joy of responsibility is to reward your children’s effort with an allowance. I know many parents avoid allowance for chores for various reasons, but earlier this year I wrote this post at The Multi Taskin’ Mom stating why I believe an allowance is a good thing for children.
I will admit, I haven’t done as well in this area as I should.
I grew up with chores, and have been very lax in giving my children chores to do. But it is with renewed determination that I choose to reinstate the chores my kids used to have.
They actually enjoyed them!
So I think they will be very happy!!!
Do your children do chores? How do they work out in your home?
This post is day 31 of the series: 31 Days of Screen Free Activities for Kids. To see all of the posts in this series visit this page.