I'm sure there are some moms out there like me.... moms who don't have it all together... their kids aren't perfect with keeping their rooms cleaned and their toys picked up.... moms out there who have kids that don't enjoy doing chores... right?? .....Well atleast I hope i'm not the only one! :-)
I will say this.... I'm noticing that when you introduce responsibilty at a young age, they are more eager to help and it makes them feel so good about themselves versus if you wait until they are older.
I used to watch (and still do) what is now called 19 Kids and Counting... with the Duggars!! I watch children sometimes younger than my own children doing laundry, sweeping, cleaning bathrooms etc.... I was amazed... I am starting to realize even now that sometimes we don't think our children can do things because they are young, or we feel guilty and we don't want them to "lose their childhood", but the most common one I feel is.... WE CAN DO IT RIGHT!! lol.... we don't like how our kids do things sometimes, and we find it's easier if we just do it ourselves... but unfortunately that does nothing to help our kids out...
What I am learning is there can be balance. It's important for our children to learn responsibilty now, when they are young. It will improve their self-esteem, they will learn how to work hard, and they will feel like they are an important, needed member of the family.
I'm not an expert on this by any means... I'm still learning... and so for those out there who are learning too and want some ideas I want to share a website with you. http://titus2.com/ This is from the duggars website. They give several different families charts that they use in their homes, based on age and how many children are in the family.
Here is the direct link to the charts http://www.titus2.com/chores/chore-charts.html I wanted you to have the basic web page too though because there is a lot of wonderful information on this website as you seek to manage your home and teach your children God's way.
In some of these families the children are homeschooled, so if your children are in school like mine you would need to modify it to what works for your family, but it is a great starting ground to have an idea of what types of things our children can be doing at this age to help them start learning how to be responsible.
Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord...
Hope this website helps you as it is helping me!!!