PARENTS MUST KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF KIDS CHORING CHORES
Every day, thousands of decisions are made. It has been estimated that Americans make approximately 35,000 decisions each day. It is almost like driving a car that has endless turns. To help you navigate, you will need a map or GPS system. It is easy to become distracted and thrown off-track in daily life. Add to that the human tendency towards the “easy way” and the desire for pleasure, and you have got a recipe for procrastination when dealing with the monotonous and never-ending task of chores.
Is it possible to conquer chores for everyone? As a counselor, my experience with families with a well-oiled system of chores and those with chaotic overrun homes has been invaluable. What is the difference? What makes the difference? It is the personalities? Relationships, and the plans.
How can we help our children make responsible decisions when faced with the dilemma of whether to do a chore, complete a task or take a break? It all depends on how you interpret the situation and your natural tendencies. God created us all for relationships and work.
How can you manage your daily chores for your children this year, with all of the twists and turns that come with these 35,000 daily options? It is possible to approach your responsibilities collectively as a group of diverse personalities, each with its strengths.
The Importance Of Personality Differences in Doing Chores
Some people see the relationship before they see the task at hand. Others see the relationship first and then the task. This means that you might have a child naturally drawn towards structure and chores, but others more focused on relationships.
You must understand each person’s strengths and how they respond to chores and structures. God created each person individually, and as we learn to live together and love one another, we can learn to adapt to and love them.
What Personality Types Are Connected to Doing Chores
To better understand the four personality types we fall into, take this quick personality quiz. Although personality is much more complicated than these four categories, you can still use this guide as a starting point.
Talkers enjoy a sense of community and a rich sensory experience. Talkers love to do chores with music and would enjoy doing them together. Talkers are known to make chores more fun and bring up some great chart ideas.
Leaders like to be in control and will voice their disapproval when they see a task as pointless. Engaged leaders will more likely generate the momentum necessary to complete large tasks in multiple steps. Leaders must also foster a culture where people follow through on their actions.
When parents assign chores to their homes, thinkers are drawn to structure, clarity, and consistency. Black and white are the most common colors for thinkers. They are also the most likely personality type to do chores unassisted. Thinkers can create charts.
Peacemakers are patient with their chores. Peacemakers are known to procrastinate when it comes to chores. Peacemakers are more likely to do chores without complaining than other personality types.
Examples of Everyday Chores
What chores can kids do every day in the house to help their parents as they grow up and become more responsible? Let us start with the most tedious daily chores that kids and their families must do.
Clean the Kitchen
This area requires a team effort. Children as young as two years old can help in the kitchen. You might challenge them to clean the floors or the cabinets. Leaders and thinkers can help you develop a daily plan to clean the kitchen.
Early instruction can help with this never-ending chore. Your children can help you fold clothes. Let your children help with some of the laundry chores. Your older children can teach the younger ones how to fold a shirt or pair of pants. Your more energetic children can take on the task of finding mismatched socks. This chore can be creatively set up to help your children succeed.
Although it is the most challenging chore, it is necessary. As they learn to use the toilet, your kids can help you. Allow your children to plan how they will maintain the bathroom together. Perhaps you could suggest that they also decide how to organize the bathroom. Ask your thinker if they have any ideas for organizing the bathroom.
Vacuuming can vary depending on the house. Ask everyone to share their ideas about how they can complete the chores consistently without leaving the vacuum parked around the house. You might combine this chore with music or have a competition to see who can vacuum most rooms.
A clean home does not automatically make it a home. Grace toward each other is critical to this. Learn to view chores as opportunities to serve your neighbors in your home. In navigating decision fatigue, your goal is to create a calm, happy, and connected home. It is not a museum-type, perfect home.