For the longest time I thought chores were just something that needs done to keep a clean house. Which is true, but that’s not what’s truly important. It goes deeper than that. When I think of raising God-loving, responsible children, chores have a big role in that! I’ve learned…well I’ve been learning so much about being more intentional with myself and how we raise our kids. Here’s some things I’ve learned and am learning more everyday!
I want them to know how to clean but more importantly I want them to know who they are doing it for and why. I want them to be diligent, respectful, loving, hard-working children of God
Our chore chart is set up a bit differently than most I’m sure. The chores our kiddos have are all age appropriate. Even down to our 3 year old. She picks up books she gets out to read, big kids do dishes…blah blah blah.
They have an extra chore as a CHOICE that they may do for commissions after their initial chores are done and the expectations have been met.
• Do their best (not seeking perfection)
• Do it properly
• Don’t grumble or complain
• Do it the first time asked
Anywhoo, I googled and Pinterest’d so many ideas and fell short of anything that would work for us BIBLICALLY.
So I created our “service opportunity “ chart! As we do “chores” we are serving one another in love and it’s an opportunity not something to dread.
1 Corinthians 15:58 says, “ therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the works of the Lord, for as much as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 16:14, “let all your things be done with charity.”
——— Ecclesiastes 9:10 says, “ whatsoever the hand findeth to do, do it with all your might.”
When I give them chores I always try to remind them that I want them to do their best for God. Not seeking perfection but their personal best with all their might.
——— 1 Corinthians 14:40 says, “ let all things be done decently and in order.”
Their chores should be done properly and timely. (Romans 12:12)
The expectation is that they do it without grumbling or complaining but with a fervent spirit (Romans 12:11)
I know, can you imagine a kid doing their chore fervently!? God has a great sense of humor yeah!? It does kinda make me giggle to think about that.
Exodus 20:12- honor thy mother and father. Translates to get yo’ stuff done tiny. Haha
All of these things role into another big thing—responsibility. When we do for them what they can do for themselves, we weaken them. We hinder them from learning important things they’ll need to know into adulthood.
Galatians 6:5 says, “for we are each responsible for our own conduct.”
Romans 14:10,12 states, “for we will all stand before the judgement seat of God. So each of us will give account of himself to God.”
We we all parent differently and what works well for one kiddo, may not work for another but this way of doing chores has really helped in our home. Our kids see the vision better and even do a few things here and there without being asked or told! And while they do get commissions on a couple extra things, it’s more important for them to know GREAT IS THIER REWARD IN HEAVEN.💕
I hope you find some value in this!