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Allocating household tasks to kids is a great way to encourage responsibility, develop essential life skills and foster team work. But how much work is the right amount?

Back in April I shared the new way we are managing sharing household tasks amongst family members. Every person in the family has a contribution to make based on their age. You can see our family contribution schedule in detail here.

I firmly believe that kids need to contribute to the upkeep of the house and they need to take responsibility for their own belongings. As a parent though, it sometimes it feels harder to ensure this happens rather than just doing it ourselves.

But completing household tasks helps create capable members of the family who understand the need to work together to keep everything rolling along okay, so I know it is worth the effort in the long run.

There are times though when I wonder am I asking too much? My teenagers in particular have a much greater workload than I did at their age and they have a much longer travel time to school. Towards the end of this term when there were definite signs of tiredness, I did let a few things go. I figured that there are times when I am tired and I decide not to undertake an activity, so I would offer the same flexibility to them.

Kids are creatures of habit though and a week or two off regular tasks can seem like they have a free pass to skive off their duties as they please. So instead of just letting it go without saying anything, I let them know I realised they were tired and we would have an adjusted contribution for the next week or so.

They did appreciate this and with the first day or two to unwind on school holidays, they have happily come back to their full contribution.

If you are looking for more info on kids' household tasks you can see these posts on the blog:
I would love to collate a post for the blog on what types of household tasks you have your kids complete and how much you get them to do around the house, so if you have minute to reply to this email to let me know, I would really appreciate.

I find it really helpful to see what other families do and I know readers to do, so look forward to receiving your responses.
 
Have a lovely weekend - Nic
 
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