I have been blessed with two very strong and respected men in my life; my husband and my step-father. Both of these men are not only admired for their unconditional love, honesty, and faith, but they both are well-known in their respected communities and offices as possessing very hard work-ethics. It is one of my sincere prayers that my children will both grow up to model their Papa and Dad’s work ethic.
And while I believe prayers is a crucial part of parenting, I also know that as a parent, it is my job to teach my children the skills they need to be successful adults. So then I ask myself the question: What did both my father and husband share in childhood that helped to shape their honest and persevering work-ethics?
The answer is obvious: CHORES.
Both my husband and father were expected to contribute daily to their family through various tasks. My husband had to get up before school to help out on his family’s farm and wash dishes by hand daily after dinner. My father had to make breakfast, pack his lunch, walk himself to school and watch his siblings after school so his single mom could work. Those were just their daily responsibilities. They also had numerous chores to complete weekly, like washing the car, mowing the lawn, etc.
While both my husband and father would agree their list of chores would exceed what they would want their own children/grandchildren to complete on a daily basis, they both would agree that having chores expected of a child will help to teach them responsibility, work ethic, and time management.
But where do you start? How do you know what is considered age-appropriate chores?
Lucky for you, I made this Chart for you that will help you assign your children chores that are appropriate for their age.
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Once you have created a list of reasonable chores for you child, what do you do next?
You have to keep track of these chores! And that is where COUNTRY Financial® ChorePal App. comes into play.
With this FREE app, you can download a list of chores and your child can view them and check them off on their electronic device. And let’s be honest–kids these days are always looking for an excuse to jump on an electronic device, be it their own or mom and dads!
What I love about COUNTRY Financial® ChorePal App. is that for every chore I can assign a point value based on effort. As my child completes their assigned chores they can earn money. And once they earn that money we teach them the model of financial responsibility of give, save, spend. So not only do chores teach them a work ethic, but they also teach them finances!
Do you want to raise children that are responsible, caring, hard-working, financially responsible adults? Well of course you do! Take a step in reaching that goal by assigning them chores and keeping track of them with COUNTRY Financial® ChorePal App.
Note: For an example of what I consider an appropriate amount of chores my 8-year-old has to make her bed daily and set the table during the school week. On weekends, she has to help me with putting her clothes away, cleaning her room and sinks in the bathrooms.