Encouragement

Are You a Maid or a Mom?

June 15, 2017

Are you a maid or a mom? The answer to that question really matters when it comes to figuring out how to get children doing chores regularly. A maid serves. She does all of the work because it’s less frustrating than figuring out how in the world to get her kids to pitch in. A mom trains. She knows that if she doesn’t, she’ll be wearing that maid’s uniform forever. I’ve seen it in my own house with my kids—if they know I’ll eventually get around to doing the housework, they don’t worry about helping.

That’s where the training comes in. We have to bite the bullet and get over the it’s easier if I just do it myself mentality and take the time to teach our children how it’s done. We may spend a lot of time up front, but boy is it nice when the kids finally do their part. Teach your children to do their chores and you’ll be on your way to being a mom, not a maid. {Tweet This} Here are two easy ways to get started.

Chore Charts

Your easy first step in training your children is to use a chore chart. Introduce your children to the concept gradually. Keep it simple by having just a couple of chores for each child the first week. You can add additional chores as time goes by.

Chore Ideas

If you’re not sure what chores your kids can actually do, take a look at the lists we have for chores by age.

Do you feel like a maid or a mom? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Libby

    I often feel more like a maid! But that is probably because my personality is bent toward organization and cleanliness, so it’s self inflicted! When my daughter is old enough, I will definitely make use of the toddler chore chart!!