Friday, June 9, 2023

Occasionally turning chores into games can be a good incentive for the child to tackle them with enthusiasm.

The times, they are achanging.  Remember that our culture has to make four babies mandatory and mothers need to all be assisted as well.  so let us train mothers who can do just this.  Then any mother can actually work with a cohort of even ten children in which the children are all taught ot help in the process.

My point is that this is possible.

Of course we have zero public debate because no one wants to be a lightening rod on this topic.  Our whole shool system will have to be also transformed, but we knew that anyway..

Occasionally turning chores into games can be a good incentive for the child to tackle them with enthusiasm. 

How One Mother Taught Her Children to Enjoy Chores and Eat Their Dinners
Raising kids to be happy and successful starts at home with the basics

JUNE 4, 2023 

Ask any set of parents what they wish for their child, and they’ll likely give you some form of “happiness and success” answer.

There are a cacophony of voices in today’s overbearing world telling us how to raise such happy and successful children. “Give them a good education,” one voice says, while another suggests “lots of extra-curricular activities,” while a third insists they “roam free and independent.”

Each of those voices likely has some truth to it. But in looking for the latest and greatest child-rearing tactic, we often overlook the basics.

I found several of these basic practices hidden in an old children’s book, “All-of-a-Kind Family” by Sydney Taylor. Taylor’s fictitious account of a family of five girls living in New York City during the Edwardian era draws on her own childhood, giving a glimpse of how “Mama” raised her girls to be successful, happy adults through chores, consistency, and companionship.
Chore Creativity

Mama’s girls were not angels, Taylor makes clear, and as such, they did their fair share of complaining about chores. Dusting the front room was an especially dreaded chore.

After one particularly difficult battle over whose turn it was to dust, Mama turned the chore into a game, hiding 12 buttons around the room in strategic places to ensure her little ones would do a thorough job. Such a move produced a new problem: Every one of the girls insisted it was her turn to dust! But the right one was selected and went on her merry way to the front room, eventually finding all 12 buttons and producing a wonderfully clean front room.

Today’s parents know what it’s like to have children complain about chores, which may be one reason why an oft-cited poll from Braun Research found that only 28 percent of parents make their children do chores. But according to another study from Harvard, chores create happier, more independent adults. As such, hiding the pill in the jam of chores, as Mama in “All-of-a-Kind Family” did, seems even more necessary.

So get creative and occasionally make chores fun! Set a timer and have children race the clock on a certain task. Offer an occasional incentive for the child who is most faithful in completing chores over a certain amount of time. Or even try a spin-off on Mama’s idea, hiding items for children to find in the process of completing dreaded chores.

The trick, however, is to be strategic about such games. Mama “was a wise mother,” and continually mixed things up. After the first week of the dusting game, her children never knew when the buttons would appear, nor how many there would be, nor if there might be a special prize, such as a hidden penny, so they always had to do a thorough dusting job, just to make sure.

“The grumbling didn’t stop completely, but it was not nearly so loud or so often,” Taylor writes. “And in the meantime, the children were taught to be the best little housekeepers in the whole world.”
Clear Rules and Consistency

Following through on what you say is one of the most important components of successful parenting. It helps parents maintain their sanity because consistency enables emotional security in children, resulting in regulated emotions and better behavior, research from the University of Georgia explains. For Mama, such consistency was especially necessary at the dinner table:

There was a strict rule about not wasting any food in Mama’s house. This rule had been made into a chant by the children:

No soup
No meat.

No meat
No vegetables.

No vegetables
No fruit.

No fruit
No penny.

This rule was tested sorely one day, however, when middle child Sarah decided she just wasn’t in the mood for rice soup. Dawdling through lunch over her full soup bowl, offering excuses of why she couldn’t eat it, and even dissolving into a meltdown, Sarah finally had to leave the table and return to school hungry. But Mama was steadfast. The soup was produced again after school and again at supper time, where a forlorn little girl finally choked down a spoonful.

This battle of the wills wasn’t only hard on Sarah. “Mama was equally miserable,” the author tells us. “She had to keep steeling herself to her firm resolve. Don’t be too sorry for her, she told herself. You mustn’t. She must learn her lesson. If only she’d take just one spoonful, it would be enough. I’d be able to give in then.”

Every parent goes through this type of struggle at some point. Sadly, it’s all too easy to give in to a child’s moans and tears—or even resist laying down the law in the first place. But the parents who gently but firmly show who is boss, letting children know what is expected of them and following through, will find their job only gets easier over time.


It is sometimes said that one of the best things parents can do for a child is to give him siblings. Research confirms this, showing that siblings can provide an individual with better mental health and better relationships—depending, of course, on how positive the sibling relationship is.

The sisters in “All-of-a-Kind Family” had their share of squabbles, but they were generally fast friends. One of the ways Mama fostered this positive friendship was by sending them to bed early. But Mama didn’t make them lie quietly in bed. All five girls shared a room—some of them even sharing beds—and were allowed to talk freely with one another, sharing stories and secrets, subsequently strengthening their relationship and trust with one another.

We need to give our children similar opportunities, first by giving them siblings, and second by allowing them to have positive time together apart from parents. As an added bonus, this enables parents to spend much needed time alone together, too, talking and building their relationship, which makes both parents and children happy.

In the end, it’s not the latest tech gizmos or extensive opportunities that promise to make our children happy and successful as adults. Instead, it is our consistency in ensuring they know the basics of responsibility and are surrounded by loving familial relationships.

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