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October 4, 2019

posted Oct 6, 2019, 11:58 AM by Christine Roman
Dear Parents and Guardians,

Happy October!

Since Wednesday, I have been serving jury duty at the Grafton Court House. It has been an interesting experience and I am learning a ton. The drive up Route 25 has been colorful and beautiful. I hope that today is our last day but I don't know as this is my first experience serving on a jury. During our down time (over a few hours), I should have been writing formal walk-throughs but instead I have been catching up on reading different blogs that I follow.
Dr. Tim Elmore wrote a blog a few years ago about children and doing chores. Here are some excerpts from this blog: https://growingleaders.com/blog/seven-ideas-teach-students-work-ethic/

From a recent survey of parents, 82 percent said "doing chores" was a normal household experience for them growing up. However, only 28 percent of these same parents say they ask their kids to do chores. For some reason, it was good for us, but not good for them. We feel we're not good parents if we stress them out with chores.
    1. Many believe their kids are just too stressed to add chores to their homework.
    2. Many know that trying to make kids do chores leads to an unpleasant argument.
    3. Many can assume they are bad parents if their kids have to work.
    4. Many say that it's just easier to do the tasks around the house themselves.

The Benefits of Chores Go Beyond Work Ethic
A study released from the University of Mississippi collected data drawn from over 25 years, (beginning in 1967) and discovered the obvious, Dr. Marty Rossmann says "chores instilled in children the importance of contributing to their families and gave them a sense of empathy as adults. Those who had done chores as young children were more likely to be well-adjusted, to have better relationships with friends and family and to be more successful in their careers.
What adult wouldn’t want that for this next generation?

In fact, Dr. Rossmann says that "asking children to help with household chores starting at age 3 or 4 was instrumental in predicting the children's success in their mid-20s." Do you realize this was normal a hundred years ago? Families were larger and all kids had to pitch in, even at pre-school age. They did age-appropriate chores like helping to make the bed. It actually helped them mature. "Children are often capable of more than their parents give them credit. Toddlers are eager to please and are ready to show off their big-kid skills, says Nicholas Long, director of the Center for Effective Parenting at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Growing up my siblings and I had weekly chores. We didn't get paid to do the chores, it was an expectation to help out the family. Our chores did rotate but we also could talk to each other and swap chores as needed. Our chores were taking out the trash, setting the table, cleaning the table and emptying the dishwasher. We had a list up on the refrigerator with the rotation schedule. It became something we were required to do and there were no arguments. To this day when we all go home for different events, we still pitch in throughout our visit and do these chores without even thinking about it. I do believe these chores we had as children helped me to develop my work ethic and my understanding of responsibility.

Have a great fall weekend!