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Monday, January 11, 2010
Teens and Chores
hy are my teenagers not doing chores without being told? Perhaps because they’re tired or they don’t think they should have to! Many factors lead to their feelings of entitlement (housekeepers, landscapers, nannies). Our teens may think that because their parents have help that they don’t need to contribute. Teenagers (at least mine) will not take responsibility sharing chores at home unless they’re told. If your teens are similar to mine, try creating a schedule with them and see how it works!
Most teenagers have packed daily schedules (school, homework, sports, music, etc). So when making the schedule, include them and be realistic about the results. Chores are not meant to be a punishment, it’s meant to foster responsibility (just like homework).You may need to remind them daily, however, most importantly, the chores get done! Also, remember, praise goes a long way. Recognizing their accomplishments openly to them and expressing our pride helps to boost their confidence and will encourage them to fulfill their obligations. Be encouraging and be flexible. They may not complete the chore as perfectly as mum; but at least they’re completing it. Give them parameters, and allow them to do it their way. Try to avoid imposing yourself and trust that they’re doing their best. We want to raise responsible, confident and emotionally healthy young people.