Statistics show that Canadian kids (grades 6-12) spend 7 hours and 48 minutes per day in front of screens. Whose fault is this?
Parents are struggling with keeping up, juggling between working at home and out of home. It’s time to change how things work around the house!
Having the kids involved in household chores is not only good for them, but necessary. It’s part of healthy parenting to teach children how to clean, fix, shop and cook. This does not only relieve the amount stress parents feel but it helps children become self-sufficient adults.
It’s too much work to teach them,
I may as well do it myself
as I can do it faster.
89% of parents have said this to themselves at some point, yet most continue to pay for their kids’ cell phone usage, or allow for them to play countless hours on electronic games and watch television, without repercussion.
Help your children understand that they are part of the family – this means they must also do their part for the household to function. No ‘weekly allowance’ should be needed here, as they should also be taught to appreciate the work parents do at home without pay, plus what they already spend on their kids.
If you want it, you must work for it.
Here are some tips for having the ‘chore conversation’ with your kids:
If you spend an hour on electronics a day, you will spend an hour doing chores per day.
If you want the WiFi password, you will have to complete your chores
Aside from your daily chores (cleaning bedroom, lunch bag, putting toys away, etc.), here’s a list of ‘special chores’ which you must complete before Friday, in order to have a weekend free of chores.
I want to spend some more time with you; if you help me do some of these chores we can do that (or go out, etc.)
The Special Chore list (dependent upon age/maturity level)
Clean the doggy-do outside
Fold cleaned laundry/pair socks
Plan and make one meal per week (great for teenagers, meal can be easy)
Water the plants/fill with fresh soil
Empty dishwasher (take turns with other kids at home)
Make one big list and have kids pick the chore they’re most comfortable with. Then make a chart. And be sure you take time to spend with them after, rather than taking on more work! •