Lately it seems like I can't get any of my kids to help at all around the house. They are 10, 7, 5, and 4...all of which are old enough and perfectly capable of at LEAST picking up after themselves, right?
I ask of the oldest (and really all of them) to put their dishes in the dishwasher when they've completed their meal, and that the oldest put any extra dishes (aka items that was needed to make the meal) into the dishwasher. Anything that needs to be hand washed, I or Daddy does it. When dishwasher is full, run it. When its done, put dishes away.
She has also been asked to, after dinner, sweep the kitchen floor. Its not that big. And to wipe down the table (little ones can help with that too). The boy (7) has been asked to take trash out. ALL trash, not just the trash in the kitchen (we have 2 bathrooms which the trash needs to be periodically taken out).
Oh, and one other thing...put shoes where the shoes go, and hang up coats/backpacks. The two youngest are too short, so I ask that they at least get their coats/backpacks over near the rack, instead of in the middle of my kitchen floor.
As to my dilemma...it seems like I'm having to constantly badger them in order to get them to do these simple (?) tasks. I've tried everything from rewarding them when they actual do these tasks w/o being asked to punishing them by taking away video games/fun times for not doing them.
Oh, and the oldest has been asking for MORE responsibility (like she does what she's already been asked to do?).
Am I just expecting too much from them? If so, what do you think would be more age appropriate for them?
Also, the two youngest are charged with keeping their room clean, along with the older two (3 rooms total).
Answer by May-20 at 8:02 AM on Mar. 28, 2011
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Answer by lovingmy4babies at 9:08 AM on Mar. 28, 2011