Parents should not dread asking their teenager to do chores around the house.
One reason parents and teens may not embrace the need for establishing chores is because many of these tasks are often considered, by both parents and their children, as beneath them—exercises in drudgery.
But why should drudgery be considered beneath anyone?
Isn’t this just good preparation for the real world?
Cleaning windows, scrubbing soap scum from around sinks and faucets, and cleaning toilets are all jobs that require a degree of drudgery.
Some teens I have worked with at Shepherds Hill Academy have not been responsible for household chores. One young lady had never done laundry.
According to Oswald Chambers, “Drudgery is the touchtone of character.” So, build character—and responsibility in your children by requiring they do what life requires routinely—from all of us.
Picture provided Eric Leslie
Conversation Starter: Is it a challenge to assign chores in your home? What are some challenges you face?