038: The Immense Benefit of Kids Doing Chores, Despite Your Frustration

If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself

[Henry Ford]

Kids, can you help me clear up the dinner table please?

Guys, did you hear me?

Would you mind helping to clear up?

Hey, I’m speaking to you.

Come and help clear up.

How many times do I have to ask?

Kids! Come and clear up the dinner table.

N O W!!!

Getting kids to help with the chores is painful to say the least. In fact, given the choice, pulling out my teeth with rusty pliers seems like a good option.

But getting your brood to help around the house is not only beneficial to them, it’s beneficial to you.

It will test your patience to the max, but you’ll reap the rewards in the long-run.

In this weeks episode of The Friday Café, Michelle Dawson and I talk about the benefits of getting your kids to help around the house, and how as the mum, you can program your own mind to achieve it.


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This weeks challenge:

My challenge for this week is pick off one small job that your child can do to help around the house. This might be the first time they’ve had anything asked of them, or it could be that you’re gradually adding to whatever they already do.
Either way, keep it small and simple, so no-one gets overloaded. Most of all though, think about the feasibility what you’ll be asking them to do carefully before you take action. Once you go for it, you’ll need to be consistent.
Oh, and you’ll need a bucket load of patience.


Tell me what you think?

Tell me in the comments. What job did you get your child to do? Did they kick up a fuss, or just get on with it?

Michelle and I are here to spur you on and help you as much as possible

Hope you enjoy the show.

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

Show Notes:

ARTICLE: Why Children Need Chores by Jennifer Breheny Wallace for the Wall Street Journal

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Lisa York

Lisa believes a happy mum brings up happy kids who become happy adults. With four children aged 7, 6, 4 and 2, being kind to herself is an ongoing challenge. But she’s trying.

Lisa lives with her family in Canberra, Australia.

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3 replies
  1. Lisa York | SuperMum
    Lisa York | SuperMum says:

    Thank you too, Melissa and Debby. I really appreciate how you handled such a difficult topic in a practical yet sensitive way. I know from the feedback, that our mum listeners have found it to be very useful, Lisa x

  2. Melissa and Debby
    Melissa and Debby says:

    Lisa, we wanted to thank you for having us on your Podcast – it was truly an enjoyable experience. We so appreciated your insightful questions that enabled us to share more about how to heal after a difficult or traumatic birth. And thank you for caring so much about mums – it really shows in your podcasts, and we feel very grateful to have this opportunity to reach more women and share the message that birth trauma is real…AND that it is possible to heal. Much love, Melissa and Debby xx

  3. Lisa York
    Lisa York says:

    I hope you enjoyed this very open and honest episode with Melissa and Debby. Did you feel supported and listened to while giving birth? Let me know in the comments! Lisa x

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