Children’s chores?

I believe children are a part of a family and that the are not THE family. I was brought up that us children come along with what the family was doing and that the world didn’t revolve around us. I think this built us to be strong adults with a healthy respect for other people and their lives who do not believe we are the center of the universe. So my boys are bought up to be a part of our family and the family does not revolve around the boys. Don’t get me wrong I love my boys and their option is taken into consideration and we do do things as a family and stuff for the boys and things they want to do but I’m getting off topic.


John loved having his photo taken doing one of his chores

Since the boys are part of the family this means we aren’t their slaves and they have chores like everyone else. Well John has chores Gabriel is too young at the moment but when he’s older he will have jobs too. So what are John chores and does he always do them?

John is expected (heavy emphasis on the expected) to open his curtains and make his bed. It’s so cute watching a three year old make a single bed while they are sitting on it. He does a pretty good job too. John is expected to put his dirty laundry in the washing basket. Once John has finished eating he is expected to put his dirty dishes on the kitchen bench and push his chair in.

He is expected to tidy his toys and only have one toy out at a time. This has been a rule since he was very young and I’ll start this with Gabriel when he’s a little older. The expectation is that when John has finished playing with a toy it is put away before getting out another toy.

John is three years old and so is expected to a part of the family and do his share of chores. I must add these are expectations and therefore these things don’t always happen.Sometimes John needs reminding but in the hope these will become normal behaviours. As he gets older and masters chores new jobs are added to his repertoire. There are also times when John completely forgets or can’t do his chores but that’s ok too as we all have days when we’re tired and can’t cope.There’s always tomorrow. Do your children have chores to do? If so what are they?

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6 thoughts on “Children’s chores?

  1. March 15, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    My kids are 2 and 4 and they set the table for dinner, put their dishes on the bench after eating, wipe the table, dry and put the cutlery away, fold the tea towels and sometimes towels, feed and water rabbits, collect eggs, vacuum the floor, open curtains, put their clothes in the wash, put their clean clothes in their drawers, tidy their toys up and probably heaps of other stuff I can’t think of right now. Sometimes they do a pretty bad job of it, but they’re learning, they’ll improve with time

    1. March 15, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      Wow what an impressive list!!! Wow mum you are amazing! Good point John also lays the table and helps with the washing too. Sometimes things take a bit longer when kids are involved but all good as you say they’ll improve with time Mx

  2. Rochelle
    March 15, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I have a Master 9 and Master 6, they too have chores. Like you they started off simple; bedroom tidy, toys away, clothes in wash etc. Now they help weed the garden (usually this is them asking to do it), empty dishwasher, set table, help with simple tasks towards dinner.
    They also have a list of things to do before school each day, not all chores, but things I expect of them before they come and ask to watch TV (when they assume they are ready for school). We have a competition to see who can be up and ready first in the morning (never me lol) and at the end of the week, whoever has won gets a little extra pocket money.
    Glad I am not the only one who expects chores of their children, it teaches them respect and makes them appreciate what a family is when we all pitch in and help.

  3. Honora
    March 16, 2014 at 12:14 am

    So nice to read this, Madeline. I know a couple of 3 year olds and not sure if they have any chores or expectations required.

  4. Honora
    March 16, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Oops, Madeleine (sorry)!

  5. Asha
    March 18, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    I have a 7 year old son, he has chores too. He sets the table, wipes it down after dinner, rinses his dishes and puts them on the bench, unloads the dishwasher, makes his bed, makes his school lunch, feeds and takes care of his rabbit, keeps his room tidy (this is a work in progress lol), puts his washing in the laundry basket, gets himself ready for school in the morning and waters his swan plant.