Kids on chores

Do you ask your kids to do some chores at home?  Chores appear in a variety of forms.  It could be a personal chore or family chore.   Chores can be exciting and interesting that make you acquire knowledge and skill.  On the other hand, others sees chore as compulsory, repetitive and yet necessary making it somewhat boring and exhausting.

Maintaining cleanliness at home is a chore that is as daunting as pulling one’s teeth.  Since me and my husband are both working plus my two hyperactive kids, aspiring for an immaculate home is rather ambitious.  I must admit, it’s not easy-peasy juggling around work, looking after kids and household chores as well.  It can sometimes be too much to take on and I struggle with it if left alone.  At home, it is a combined effort by everyone, each of us has little bit of piece of which the entirety contributed to our home’s comfortable and liveable state to say the least.

I came from a culture where every member of the family has a role and household duties.  As I was growing up, I was also learning to do all sorts of tasks, errands and little jobs at home.   In all honesty, it helped me to become resilient, tough and fairly adaptable to diverse situations.  It brought out the domestic character in me, fond of home life and housework.  Hence, I want to impart a little bit of my culture to my kids teaching them to become responsible and hardworking individuals at a young age.  Of course, every child develops in distinct pace, every child matures and adapts to responsibilities assigned to them differently.

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 Anyhow, mess does not come with schedule so these chores are not done on daily basis.

Here goes the list of little chores that my kids do at home:

  • They tidy up their own bedrooms, putting toys in toy box.
  • They put their dirty clothes in their respective laundry baskets.
  • They help put away their clean socks & underwear in their drawers.
  • They clear their empty plates, cups and cutlery in the worktop/sink after meals.
  • Help transfer clean laundry from washing machine to dryer.
  • Help set up table, like preparing cutlery for each family member.
  • Help wash car.
  • Help cooking, beating eggs and slicing veggies.
  • Help rake dried leaves in the garden.
  • Help put away shopping.
  • Recently, Reimer had shown interest with hoovers, I’ve given him a shot once and he find it fun which is ridiculously crazy but it’s a good sign though.

Have you taught your kids to do some chores at home too?

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44 thoughts on “Kids on chores

  • It is so important to teach them these skills, and also for them to understand that family works together. So yes my children have chores too! #mg Thanks for linking up

    • ReimerandRuby

      So true, they need to understand that being a family is not just eating together and going outing together but it also includes helping out at home too. Thanks for stopping by!

  • What a great quote, I couldn’t agree more. My sister and I had chores. I had to bring in the milk and put the old empty bottles out. We always had to tidy our rooms and strip our beds. We had to do more and more as we got older. It wasn’t until I went to Uni that I realised how unprepared others were because their parents hadn’t bothered to teach them the basics. Mess causes the most arguments in a shared house. Harry already knows to put things in the bin, put his shoes in the basket, tidy his toys away and make his bed (albeit that last one just involves throwing the quilt back on!). You’ve just got to make it part of the norm haven’t you. Thanks for sharing #sharewithme

    • ReimerandRuby

      Totally agree with what you said, if they’re used to the chores as norm, then there will be no resistance to doing it… yes, me and my brother were the same, our chores at home gets more and more as we get older but I’m thankful for my parents for teaching me those stuff, made me more independent especially having family of my own. Thanks for dropping by and for your lovely comment!

  • Good for you. I agree with you. It is really important for kids to do chores. Cygnet is 21 months and I get him to help me to carry the washing basket to the washing machine. He then helps me to empty the washing machine (he walks to the machine and brings me each item one by one so that I can hang them up). I have to say it means the process takes about 10 longer than it would do if I were to do it on my own, but it’s all about education right? #mg

    • ReimerandRuby

      So true, we know it takes longer with them helping us which is very ironical but it will teach them something which is the main thing. I remembered Reimer around that age, helping me carry clean clothes while I was hanging it up, that was when we didn’t have dryer yet. Keep them occupied as well. Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comment! #MakingHome

  • Do you know I really love this and it is so in-line with my thinking. I am determined that my children will be able to do all sorts of things for themselves when they are older. Each time we go to playgroup my two youngest stay behind and they help to clean up. Everyone thinks it is odd they like to sweep and tidy but I am very proud of them. Thanks for linking to #sharewithme

    • ReimerandRuby

      I don’t think it is odd, I think it shows how a hard worker she is and you have all the reason to be proud. Well done to her and to you as well. Thank you!

  • I agree with you that kids need to have a role in the house. They can’t perceive their parents as domestic servants doing everything. My husband was brought up this way and it’s almost impossible to get him to help around the house…
    My toddler loves to help me cook, he is excellent when it comes to chopping. We used to get him to tidy up in the evening, but since I’ve had the second baby I’m too tired in the evening to get him to do it. It’s much quicker if I do it myself, once kids have gone to bed. Evening tidy up time is definitely something I want to go back to, once the baby is a little older (and sleeps better at night, leaving me with some energy!)
    #sharewithme

    • ReimerandRuby

      I think when they’re learning the chores at young age, it’s easier for them as they get older as it would just be a norm. I’m glad my husband was brought up same way as I do, although he can be reliant of me at home, but sometimes he does his role if need be keeping our home tidy. Thank you and hope you’ll get better sleep soon!

  • Our kids have chores as it takes all of us as a family to keep our home maintained. It’s too much for one person, so we all help out. #sharewithme

    • ReimerandRuby

      So true, it takes everyone to do their share to keep the house well – maintained. Thank you!

  • Yes I am hot on chores! I think it’s so important that they realise not everything is automatically ‘done’ for them and running a house is a team effort! #justanotherlinky

    • ReimerandRuby

      so true! family is a team so as getting chores done… Thanks for stopping by!

  • When my daughter is old enough we’re going to try a pocket money system with her. She’ll earn some money if she completes chores assigned to her. I’m probably going to make her a rota so she can see what she has to do and when. #KCACOLS

    • ReimerandRuby

      We thought about this pocket money system too, I think it’s a clever idea, getting them motivated to do chores and at the same time get a reward and earn something from it. Thanks for your lovely comment!

    • ReimerandRuby

      We thought about this pocket money system too, I think it’s a clever idea, getting them motivated to do chores and at the same time get a reward and earn something from it. Thanks for your lovely comment!

  • I’m all for chores – my little one is pretty good (for a 2 year old!), although saying that as I write this he’s supposed to be tidying up but he seems just to be jumping in the toy box! I always try to emphasise that he needs to do it for him/ it’s his responsibility rather than saying doing X for mummy. I’m hoping that ensures he feels personally responsible rather than thinking he’s doing me a favour! Good on you for getting your kids to help out. #KCACOLS

  • A fab quote and so true, these are skills that we all need to learn so we can look after ourselves. Chores are still super fun for Little Button which is great. She loves to get stuck in with most things apart from tidying up her toys! #candidcuddles

    • ReimerandRuby

      That’s great that little button find it fun which is a bonus, isn’t it? my kids find it fun too and when they’re not happy doing it, I won’t force them anyway. Thanks for stopping by!

    • ReimerandRuby

      That’s great that little button find it fun which is a bonus, isn’t it? my kids find it fun too and when they’re not happy doing it, I won’t force them anyway. Thanks for stopping by!

  • I love that quote, it’s so true! My children are young enough that helping me at home with chores is still fun to them, so I’m encouraging it as much as I can, haha! x #CandidCuddles

    • ReimerandRuby

      Yeah they find it fun too which is a bonus, lol Thanks for stopping by!

  • Both of my children do chores at home. They wanted me to pay for the WWE Network as an extra channel for them to watch. So, if they want to watch they have to do their chores. There is nothing strenuous for them to do, just little jobs to show them what it is like to work for something. They are both happy with this arrangement.
    #KCACOLS

    • ReimerandRuby

      Wow! I think that’s great… lovely way to motivate them to do chores and get something from it. Thanks for stopping by!

  • I like this post. I think our kids need to learn to do chores and help at home as much as they can. My eldest daughter does some chores but not as much as I would love to. I’m impressed of all the chores that your kids do. I didn’t think my girls could do that many but after reading this you have made me thinking that I should introduce more chores to her. Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. It is great to have you. I hope you join us again next week, 🙂 xx

    • ReimerandRuby

      These are just the tasks that I think they’re capable of doing, although they can be lazy sometimes and I don’t force them to do it. At least, they learn the sense of responsibility and hard work and it should start at home. Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comment!

  • this has reminded me I have to be a bit tougher with our girls! I’m a sahm so it’s easy for me to get ‘carried away’ and just do EVERYTHING for EVERYONE while they are at work and school! I know this is not setting a good example, gosh my kids don’t know they’re born! but as I’m home I kind of just get on with it! I know they need the discipline, I did loads of chores when I was growing up, along with my siblings (my mum worked too) and so it was normal for me, but this has totally reminded me to just stop, and help them to help themselves, they’ll thank me eventually right?! 🙂 #anythingGoes

    • ReimerandRuby

      oh yeah definitely! I have to thank a lot my parents for teaching me chores at a young age, taught me sense of responsibility and discipline too. I know my own kids complain at it sometimes but they will eventually see the advantage to it when they’re older. Thanks for dropping by and for your lovely comment!

  • my boy is at that lush age where he wants to help! i love teaching him and showing him how to do things for himself 🙂 #KCACOLS

    • ReimerandRuby

      That’s really nice when they volunteer, isn’t it? although it makes the job twice longer but it also teaches them to do things at the same time which all that matters. Thanks for stopping by!

    • ReimerandRuby

      That’s really nice when they volunteer, isn’t it? although it makes the job twice longer but it also teaches them to do things at the same time which all that matters. Thanks for stopping by!

  • My 5 year old is quite good at doing things like making her bed, putting clothes in the basket, and tidying toys away. She does like to whine about it a bit though! #twinklytuesdays

    • ReimerandRuby

      Same as Reimer, he does it well but complains with it too, don’t force him to do it straight away though as long as he will do the chore eventually. Thanks for stopping by!

  • I don’t necessarily force them into assisting with the household chores but I do definitely make the most of it when they show an interest. We try to get them to tidy up the playroom at the end of the day, and that alone is a challenge some days! As they get older though, I do imagine I will get them a lot more involved! #KCACOLS

    • ReimerandRuby

      It’s half the battle when they show interest in trying to help, isn’t it? Thank you for stopping by!

  • I love this and we are huge into the “family contributions” as we call them instead of calling it chores. Trying to teach them how to care for themselves and what it takes to run a home not just expect everything done for them. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me I hope you will continue to share your amazing blog posts with Charlotte over at Mummy Fever starting next week. #sharewithme

    • ReimerandRuby

      “Family contributions” I like that… I always love to link up with share with me. Thanks for stopping by!

  • I totally agree that kids should help around the house with age appropriate chores. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

    • ReimerandRuby

      I’m glad you agree with me… Thank you for stopping by!

  • I totally agree – what we teach our children will help shape their determination & self worth. My two boys set the table, empty the dishwasher & tidy the house. Our 9 year old also does the recycling. Our 3 year old daughter empties the cutlery & helps with other odd jobs. It’s great to have them help from a young age. Thanks for sharing with #candidcuddles x

    • ReimerandRuby

      Wow! you must be a proud mum… It’s true, it’s great to have kids help with house chores at young age. Thanks for stopping by!

  • My two are only 2 & 4 and I try and get them to tidy up but they are a little too young but totally agree that as they get older I will get them to do chores. Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

    • ReimerandRuby

      We can only give them responsibilities that they’re capable of and it would be a plus point if they showed interest too. Thanks for dropping by!

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