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What if raising responsible kids was this simple?

By April 12, 2017December 17th, 2021No Comments


Dirty dishes.

Clothes to fold.

Legos, puzzles, cars, doll paraphernalia, and blocks carpet the floor.

Beds aren’t made.

The kids’ rooms look like a tornado hit them.

The baby has a fever.

It’s time to prepare dinner.

Can you relate?

Some days, there doesn’t seem to be enough time to accomplish the most routine tasks. There’s more to do than there is of you.

Funny thing about time—every person gets the same amount every day. Maybe it’s not about time at all.

Perhaps it is about teaching our children how help out around the house.

If you will let them.

But, isn’t it much easier to just do it yourself? Especially when you are tired and the kids whine and complain about doing chores?

Well…not really.

Teaching your children how to do basic household tasks takes time. But it is a necessary, profitable time—for you and your child. It is Parenting 101 and a key to raising helpful kids who become responsible adults.

Think about this: how are your children going to learn to care for themselves and their home if you don’t teach them? Just like reading, writing, speaking, and listening, children aren’t born with this knowledge.

Think of this type of learning as Household Maintenance 101, 201, 301, and 401. You get to give your kiddos a Master’s degree in home and life management.

How do you start?

Course 101 – the basics:

·      Pick up your toys before naptime and bedtime

·      Brush your teeth

·      Put your dirty clothes in the hamper or basket

·      Pull the sheets and covers up on your bed

When do we start?

Children can start picking up their toys as soon as they begin to crawl. Keep it simple by having their toys in a low basket or box they can easily reach. Then, make it a game: “Let’s throw the toys in the box.” Cheer wildly when they get the toys in the basket.

The first few times you will have to show them how to do it. Then, you’ll have to stick around to encourage them to get all the toys. But keep it simple and fun. Before you know it, your littles will master this skill. And it’s one less thing you have to do.

Toys are picked up before naptime and bedtime (or whenever you decide is best). This means your house is neat at least twice a day. And no stepping on toys in the middle of the night when the baby is screaming. 🙂

To help you identify some other age-related skills to teach your kiddos,  download a free checklist full of ideas. 

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You can raise kiddos with successful life skills! Honest, you can. It does takes deliberate, consistent action on your part though.

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You’ve got this, Momma! I believe in you.

Leave a comment and let me know if you find this checklist helpful. What are some other common skills you are teaching your kiddos?

Live your legacy today,

Kirsten D. Samuel
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  • Kirsten D Samuel

    I empower Christian wives to discover they are seen, loved, and heard. These women find the freedom to be who they are beyond their partner’s struggles, and find hope that there is a life worth living.