This is a post draft from 2012. All that it had was the heading– your children can do chores.
I’m not sure if this was a result of mommy bloggers complaining about waiting on their kids, or if it was just a reminder to myself that kids are often more competent than one realizes. They start out so little and then grow so quickly. So you forget to let to let them try things like putting on their own shirts.
Now, in 2022, we’re all at the age (#teen/#preteen) where they want to help less and it would be less effort to put their dirty dishes/socks away or to take their laundry out of the dryer rather than nagging them to do it themselves. But also DC1 is going to college next year and needs to not be a horrible roommate/dorm person.
I worry especially for boy children– some of them seem to be able to skate through life with mommy waiting on them and then replace mommy with girlfriends and eventual wives. Some of them never learn to take care of their crap and that’s unfair to future women who love them, or at least live with them. Boys need to get used to doing chores as a service to their future partners.
Did you help out around the house as a kid or was taking care of chores a shock when you were on your own for the first time?