Have you ever heard of the saying "done is better than perfect"? I silently whisper these words to myself over and over when the kids are doing their chores. I know, I know, I should be grateful that they have gotten off the couch and are helping around the house but the perfectionist or control freak in me has a hard time letting go. My immediate reaction is to jump in and to do it all myself, if I do it will get done correctly or at least it will get done my way, right?! Wrong!!!
A few months ago my husband and I decided that it was time to assign the kids a list of chores. Until now, the kids have only been responsible for making their beds daily and keeping their rooms tidy. We assigned the kids a list of various chores from setting the table to feeding the dogs and emptying the dishwasher. The chores are written on a "chore board" that is hung in our laundry room. At the end of each day, the kids are supposed to go to the board and either put a happy or frown face next to their assigned chore which indicates whether the chore was completed or not. As a reward, the kids get a small allowance at the end of the week for completing their chores. The kids are excited to get their mula but also feel a sense of accomplishment knowing they have completed a task.
I am slowly trying to let go and allow the kids to complete their task on their own, not going to lie, this has not been easy for me but I have to remember done is better than perfect for now, wish me luck :)