One of the best ways I know to teach children responsibility is to have them participate regularly in household chores. To contribute to the running of the household, everyone doing their part, means not one person is shouldering all the responsibility alone. It means everyone in the family works as a team. Even young children can participate by doing age-appropriate chores.
However it can be hard to stay on top of it and frustrating as well if you are constantly having to remind your children what needs to happen next. That’s why I strongly recommend a chore/responsibility chart of some kind to take the pressure off mom and dad and put the ownership back on the child.
Recently I had the opportunity to review a fantastic system that kids can’t help but get excited about. These responsibility stations for children are so unique and creative and have been developed to provide an engaging, fun, organized and streamlined aid for parents as we all struggle tirelessly to raise independent, responsible children.
My 5-almost-6-year-old son took to this concept immediately. He was excited to see how much “commission” he could earn each day by doing the various tasks assigned and then marking on the included paycheck tear pad his daily amount earned. Great math lesson as well!
At the end of the week we add it all up and pay him his weekly total. He then divides his dollars earned amongst the three zippered pouches (also included) labeled Spend It, Save It, Give It. For some kids it may be more rewarding for them to be paid out daily rather than weekly. Each day one of my son’s responsibilities includes selecting a chore stick from the bucket and performing that particular task. These tasks can be anything from making his bed to cleaning his room. He’s excited about it and doing what needs to be done, which makes this momma so very happy.
If you are looking for a fun, motivating system that teaches responsibility without you having to nag, then I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with this one.
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