Most parent’s believe chores for children are an essential part of growing up. It teaches them responsibility, self reliance and builds character. That’s great, but why are we always paying them to learn these important life lessons? If we don’t give them monetary compensation does that mean they just won’t learn them? Will they always expect some kind of compensation for doing anything, and how is that going to help them when they get out into the real world? I know that when I do my job at work, my boss doesn’t doesn’t come in my office and put money down on the desk for me. With that said, why are we teaching our children to have the attitude, “What’s in it for me?”
A child can benefit so much from a good feeling of accomplishment. By creating a list of chores, or even weekly things that just need to be done to help mommy, you could be developing a bond with your child that money can’t buy. We all want our babies to grow up and be able to function and take care of themselves in the real world someday. Teach them that there are things that need to be done that nobody else is going to do for them. That there are things that they will not always do with a smile on their face, but it still needs to be done. They may not be receiving monetary reward for everything they do, but that’s going to be the case their whole lives. Don’t set them up for failure, teach them that now.
Some parent’s use a sticker system for their children. Parent’s believe that their kids get so excited when they look at their sticker chart filling up, that they don’t even realize that they are doing chores. The kids actually look forward to it everyday or week, with the underlying tone being, their work is appreciated but not rewarded with just money, but love and self worth.
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