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My Tween's Household Chores

10:04 PM

Being a girl, I was taught a lot of household chores growing up. I learned how to cook, wash the dishes, do the laundry, and tend for our small store even before I hit puberty. I believe this has taught me the value of hard work at an early age. I also want to develop this trait in my child.

My boy now knows how to wash the dishes, set the table, and help prepare simple meals. He can operate the microwave oven and cook his snacks. Once, he made us grilled cheese sandwiches using the sandwich maker. He doesn't know how to use the stove and oven yet but I already taught him some of the basic steps in cooking. I'm also thankful that he learned to do so some of these stuff during their Work Ed classes in school. Oh, he does quick errands for me, too!

I don't ask him to do chores on school days, though. I feel that he's already too tired when he comes home. Besides, he's always got a lot of homework and school projects to do. I'd like him to focus on his school work more. When I think about it, he's luckier than me because I had to do the chores whether I like it or not, school nights and weekends.

The age of 9 to 12 is the best time to teach kids the value of work. They're big enough to handle simple responsibilities and old enough to understand the consequences, don't you agree? It doesn't mean that you're going to give your tweens heavy tasks such as rv repairs anyway. In the end, they'll thank you for it just as how I'm thankful that my parents taught me these household chores.


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  1. You're lucky to have a responsible son. Not all kids of his age are like that.

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