Monday, May 21, 2007
Question of the Week: Chores for Preschoolers
First of all, thanks to everyone who sent get-well wishes our way! Today has been much, much better for both the kids and me. I'm still pretty stuffed up, but I had a lot more energy, and was able to tackle "Mt. Washmore" (the laundry pile) and also bake bread, make a respectable supper, and wash dishes, plus do a little other housework through the day. Adding to my energy was the fact that we had sunshine for most of the day (hooray!!). It was so nice to see some blue skies again after so much rain. :)
I haven't done a question of the week for I don't know how long, but I have one for you now! For a while I have been thinking about giving Sam some specific chores to do daily and weekly, and I was wondering if you all had any input about age-appropriate chores for a 3 year old. There are a few things that he already helps with, or does himself, but not as a regular routine. Some of them include: emptying the small trash cans, helping with laundry, helping to empty the dishwasher, etc. I was wondering if it is possible/advisable to try to teach a child his age to make his bed? (Keep in mind that he is on the bottom half of a bunk bed, which is a little difficult for even me to make neatly!) I also thought I would put some daily habits on the chore list, such as tooth brushing, bath, etc. Picking up toys before nap and bed is also a good one to add.
What got me thinking more about this, was that Sam accidentally broke his piggy bank a couple weeks ago. Thankfully, I was able to find an identical one to replace it, for a great price on Ebay. But we would like him to earn the money to pay for it, before we give it to him. So I thought if he has a chart of chores to do, then we could give him a little allowance each week (like 25-50 cents) and start teaching him about working to earn something. We would like our kids to learn to handle money wisely from a young age, and I figure it is not too young to start. Hopefully they will grow up to be better money managers than we are!
Anyway, please comment with your chore ideas, and also let me know if your kids get an allowance of any kind, and if you have any brilliant methods of teaching your kids money management, as well! Thanks so much!!
Posted by Carrie at 1:28 PM