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It’s one of the most dreaded words in our home. It’s worse than “homework,” “bedtime,” “dentist,” or even “broccoli!” What word is it? It’s C-H-O-R-E-S.
It wasn’t always this way. When my kidlets were toddlers they were always very eager and happy to help mom or dad out. Upon completion they would beam proudly and openly brag that they were “helpful.” As they’ve gotten older though, that enthusiasm has morphed into sulky and whiny replies whenever they are asked to do something.
But teaching kids to do chores is important. Just like their father and I, each of my kidlets need to contribute in order to help run and keep up this household. Yeah, sure, it’s great for mom and dad to have some extra hands helping out around the house, but it’s also a valuable learning lesson for kids. Kids doing chores teaches them about responsibility, teamwork and helps to build their self-esteem.