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family life

chores vs.

contributions { by: christina dalton,

mssw, csw


Summer is a great time of year to teach your children the value of chores. I think several of us reading this article probably had chores to do when we were children.

But today I think the average American child would pass out if you handed him a list of chores to be completed.

In the parenting classes that I teach I really embrace the way in which children see chores. The word itself, “chores,” is thrown out the window. It’s not even used. They use the word contributions. I like it. It has a nice ring to it. So it doesn’t matter if you have two in your house or ten, the idea is that everyone has contributions that they provide to make the house run properly. One other very important piece to this puzzle is: no one gets paid for his or her contributions. You are a family and a family works together. Mom doesn’t get paid to wash the dishes or pick Henry up from soccer practice. Therefore, Sean doesn’t get paid to make his bed and take out the trash. The program

“To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” Theodore Roosevelt

does believe that everyone should get an allowance. But the contributions are done because they are your part of being a member of this family. I really do love this concept. It might have to marinate with you for a bit, but when you think about it, why are you paying your children to do things like keeping their


. July 2012

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