Monday, July 6, 2009

Give Kids Jobs

My 15 year old son and 19 year old daughter mow our lawn. It's possible that we're the only family in the neighborhood without a professional lawn service. We pay them to do the job, probably the same amount we would pay a service. At times I think professionals might do a better job, but to us, it's about the kids having responsibility to the family.

As young as two years old, you can start giving your children "jobs." At home, parents can set the rule that your child must clean up after himself. Even at one or two years old, you can encourage him to bring a toy to the shelf to help you straighten up. As he gets older, give him more challenging tasks. By three or four, you can teach him how to help you set the table, make his bed, and help you put (non-breakable) groceries away.

Let him know that you appreciate his help, but also that you expect him to pitch in as a productive part of the family. In addition to learning new skills, he will feel proud of his accomplishments and independence.


  1. Debbie FeinsteinJuly 6, 2009 at 3:00 PM

    I have a 5 year old and a 2 1/2 year old. My kids both help out around the house. My oldest, Adam, helps put away groceries, helps with doing the laundry, making his bed, and picking up his toys. My younger son, Ari, also likes to help clean up toys (sometimes.)

    By the way, we do not use a professional lawn service either. My husband does it. He has told me that when the kids are older, they will be mowing our lawn.

  2. Good for you, your husband and your kids. Mine are now 21, 19, and 15 and so far so good! Thanks for sharing.