When I worked in an office full time, the kids and I could be out of the house about 10 hours each day 5 days a week. So it was never a question if the kids should do housework, for my own sanity they had to. I am not talking anything along the lines of child slave labour, contra to my children’s belief, but they both had to help with things they could manage.
Now that I work from home I have wondered if I should still expect them to help around the house. I am sure the same question has floated through the children’s heads too. They probably think my day consists of about 5 minutes of work and the rest of the time I am having a party. I can’t deny I do take full advantage of the delights of shopping in the middle of the day and I can confirm I have gone outside to put the washing out and ‘forgot’ to go back inside to work when the sun was shining. But I do work long hours, the children don’t notice the days when I am at my desk at 7 and don’t crawl up the stairs to bed till the wee small hours.
My argument for them not helping around the house is rather short and limited. They are children; they should be enjoying what precious childhood they have.
Schoolwork is also important and they need to spend quality time doing their homework.
My argument for them helping around the house is that they make more than their fair share of mess so need to teach them they have to pick it up too.
Future friends, husbands, wives etc will thank me for installing some basic housetraining into my children.
It’s all part of the nature of being a parent. You teach them how to walk, then how to run, you teach them to share and play nicely. It’s only natural to go and teach them things from how to keep things tidy to the basics of a washing machine.
Things do differ from home to home with different situations and children’s ages, but do you think children should help around the home?