Doing Quality Work
“If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” is attributed to the 4th Earl of Chesterfield. The Earl is right! Perfection shouldn’t be the goal (it’s not attainable!) but doing one’s best should always be the goal. Allowing young children and teens to do less than their best does them an unkindness, because it contributes to establishing bad habits they’ll carry forward in life.
Play to Strengths
Recognize and utilize each family member’s strengths, weaknesses, and preferences when assigning chores. This helps make sure that tasks are completed efficiently and with greater satisfaction. For example, if someone enjoys cooking, assign them more kitchen-related tasks. If another excels in organizing, let them take charge of decluttering common spaces.
Expect Quality Work
Encourage family members to take their time and pay attention to detail, ensuring that chores are not rushed or haphazard but completed thoroughly. For young children and teens, this means that you should ‘expect to inspect’ periodically. Typically, the younger the child, the more often you need to inspect their work. If a family member consistently falls short in delivering age-appropriate quality work, approach the situation with understanding. Communicate openly, discuss expectations, and find ways to support improvement. You may want to consider rotating chores to keep tasks fresh and prevent burnout.