Chores, I grew up with them. Pappa Bear grew up with them. Did we like them? Most of the time no. But! Now we see the purpose behind it. And as much as our kids might be mad at their chores, or mad at us for making them do them-we are going to. Sorry kids!
Why don’t all kids have chores?
Many times parents stay away from giving them chores because of various reasons like:
- They know they can do it faster themselves
- Think kids will do it wrong
- Kids should be kids
Why SHOULD kids have chores?
Despite those uncertainties, the benefits your kids will have from having chores are much greater:
- Understand responsibility
- Sense of accomplishment
- Practicing skills (counting, colors, etc.)
- Contribute to household & feeling like part of the team
- Learn problem solving skills
- Sense of pride in their work
So what types of chores do you give your kids? There are tons of age appropriate chores to give your kids. In our home Lia is still too young to understand, but we are trying to teach her about picking up her toys for now. Zoey on the other hand being a whopping 7 years old has a little more on her list.
Her chores include:
- setting the table
- cleaning the table after dinner
- doing her own laundry: putting it in the washer, folding & putting away)
- cleaning the bathrooms (this one usually requires help from me)
The newest addition to her chores is SWEEPING, Vacuuming, & mopping. How is a 7 year old doing all that? Is she doing it correctly? Why yes and with the help of our friend bObi !
What is a bObi?
bObi is a robotic vacuum & our new best friend. bObi sweeps, mops, vacuums, UV sterilizes, and HEPA filtrates for you! She works great on carpet, tile, and wood. You can set her to automatically clean and go back to her charging station when done so you come home to clean home. She also has a setting to clean up messes and focus solely on the messy area. Her mop settings can be for both dry or wet mopping depending on what you want.
The way we use her is we typically run her to vacuum and sweep every day after dinner, hence her being part of Zoey’s cleanup crew. Zoey easily maneuvers her through tricky or specific areas with the remote when need be. Although, most of the time she just sets her to go! Even though bObi requires simple pushing of buttons Zoey still feels like she is contributing A LOT by vacuuming, sweeping, and mopping our whole home!
The sense of pride she feels for her work and the ability to say “I vacuumed for you” are priceless. She is growing up with a great feeling of accomplishment and success. bObi never fails to leave a clean home. Together, bObi and Zoey, are helping not only clean our home but make our big girl feel accomplished!