We are a pretty busy family by most people’s standards and it feels like a lot of our time is invested in the busyness of school, after-school activities, play dates and getting from A to B. My husband and I have a sneaky suspicion that we are meant to get our kids involved in helping out around home. They are 7, 9 and 12.
I don’t know if we have missed the boat, but we haven’t expected them to do many chores to help out as their lives seem busy enough. It is also true that we don’t like the resistance we come up against, so it’s less trouble to just do the jobs ourselves. What we don’t like though, is their unwillingness to do any chores when we ask them to lend a hand and it feels like we have contributed to turning our kids into little princes and princesses. Now we are wondering if it is too late to change the pattern and their lack of gratitude for what we do for them?