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                                                                                                                             Meme Chores

IF YOU WANT YOUR FAMILY TO BE A TEAM for learning, fun, and chores, keep reading.

Today I'll share 3 reasons chore lists are good for kids, a short cartoon video, and 5 discussions questions to get your children thinking.

How Chore Lists Help Kids

1. Chores help kids become responsible.

Responsibility in children and adults makes them honored contributors to the family and society. Irresponsible people, on the other hand, are tough to respect.

2. Chores make children self-reliant.

Instead of waiting or hoping someone will do their work for them, kids will know how to take care of themselves. Cooking, folding clothes, making beds, mowing lawns, and washing dishes are a few chores that help them become self-reliant. Helpless people are rarely admired.      

3. Chores help youngsters become self-disciplined.

If they learn the motto, "First work then play," they'll accomplish much and create an important life skill. Undisciplined folks can't be trusted to follow through.

As you discuss the questions below the video with your kids, listen more than talk. If you don't care for what your children are saying, don't shut them down. By listening well, they'll feel heard and you'll have more power to influence better thinking.

Here's the YouTube Video, Building Character: How Parents and Kids Discuss Chores, to Watch with Your Kids:


Your children might not come up with 3 ideas. That's OK. The purpose of the video is to set the stage for discussing chores with kids.

5 Problems with Chores:

Most parents and children don't 'jump for joy' doing household jobs.

Here are 5 questions to ask your children:

1. What could happen if the whole family decided not to do household chores?

2. How much fun would it be to live in a messy disorganized home? Why?

3. How easy would it be to find what you need? Describe what could happen?

4. Would you like to bring friends into your dirty home? Why?

5. If each member pitched in with the chores without grumbling, how would it feel to live in your home? Why?

Along the side of this blog, you'll find 5 more questions to ask either now or later at a family dinner. Enjoy the discussions.

Children are more likely to cooperate with chores if they can share their own solutions.

If you'd like more help to achieve cooperation with household duties, here's my

Chore Chart Kit

It Includes:

  • More Tips and Advice
  • A List of Age-Appropriate Chores
  • A Chore Chart to Copy again and again
  • 80 No-Cost Rewards to Create Family Fun and Bonding

Pick it up at

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With warm wishes,

Jean Tracy, MSS

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