Kids these days always have “something better” to do. In their language, “something better” basically means anything and everything else they can get preoccupied with that would get them out of doing chores around the house. Who would want to wash dishes, when you can watch your favorite cartoons after finishing your meal? Where’s the fun in cleaning your room when you can fingerpaint or play outside in the garden the whole day? Why would you want to sweep the floor, when you can sleep the whole afternoon? It can be such a chore to do chores. It’s no wonder children always try to get out of it. But still, even with the never-ending excuses, parents and educators have not given up on the chore fight just yet.
Starting Young The desire to pursue the quest on how to engage kids in doing chores comes from a string of values that parents and educators share. There is the strong belief that these chores that most children try to steer away from are more value-laden than they appear to be. Therefore, getting these children in the habit of doing chores at this time is crucial. Mrs. Coco Castro Cruz, a nation-builder, social entrepreneur and a hands-on parent to Sining (4 years old) and Diwa (1 year old), firmly believes that it is best to start them young for them to be able to make it part of their lifestyle. “Eventually, when kids grow into adults, they will need to run their own families and their own homes,” she says. “More than the obvious domestic benefits, exposing them early into a culture of helping others makes children grow up to be responsible, caring adults,” Mrs. Cruz adds.