When I was little I don't remember having any chores. Sure I had to clean my room, but I was pretty bad at that and I remember about twice a year my mom coming in there and really cleaning it, ranting and raving the whole time.
Once I hit the tween and teen years I think I had to help with the dishes and do other general housekeeping things. But...my mom is a bit of a perfectionist and also a bit impatient. So when I really didn't like doing something, I just did a horrible job and she would get irritated and do it herself. Thus....no chores. (Feel free to chime in here Mom, and correct me if I'm wrong.)
Then I got my own house. And my mother vowed to never eat off my plates or drink out of my cups because she knew how bad I was at cleaning. She was right. I couldn't keep a clean house for the life of me. But when the Monster was born, I started turning things around. Now? I freak out over crumbs. I can't stand a couch pillow out of place. Clutter causes me to vaporlock. My eye starts to twitch over spilled coffee on the counter and granola bar wrappers on the floor, right beside the trash can.
So I've learned how to be a good housekeeper. But I wish I had learned a lot earlier. I think my mom should have made me do chores. Even if I was bad at them.
All this boils down to.....the Monster is getting chores. He already helps clean up his room nightly, and clears the table every now and then. But I want set rules. Every single day. We have a moderately large family and its going to take everyone's cooperation and help to make it run smoothly. Might as well start now. He's six. He can handle it.
So my question to you, dear readers is: What chores should the Monster do? What is age appropriate for a six year old? How do I track them? Should he get rewards or are chores undeserving of rewards? Are chores considered responsibilities and therefore your reward is a job well done?
Give me your two cents.