Recycle (we’re bottle water drinkers – so we have tons of bottles around the house he also has to take bins to the street on recycle pick up day)
Yard – pick up all toys so hubs can mow & help on any yard projects
The main thing we want to express to our children is that “work” is not bad. (definitely helps when mom isn’t complaining about cleaning, ahem).
Allowance – surprisingly, this is such a touchy subject with parents. My opinion – hard work is rewarded in the bible – “‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” Matthew 25:23
We chose to pay our son so we could teach him the value of money, saving, and tithing. Regardless how your family wants to reward – the point of this post is about work and encouraging your children to help with chores! We use my friend Jolanthe’s Chore Chart – not to mention its cute, but we laminated it. The boy can check off what he did do throughout the day, so I don’t have to nag all day – “did you feed your dog”? There are no mommies in the corporate world and for me I have to stop being that helicopter mom!
When you give more / new chores – sit down and explain what you want completed or even show kids how you want it done. Boy do little children love to help – and with my 3yr old it was all in the way it was delivered! “Go clean your room” doesn’t sound like much compared to, “can you help me with a job, can you pick up all those toys on the floor and help mommy”?
Christ did not come to be waited on and we should not allow our children to be brought up thinking moms are servants – we all are! Galatians 5:13 “through love serve one another”.