As my eldest turns 9 this year, it’s got me thinking exactly what we should be expecting our children to do at that age for themselves.
I’m not talking about sending him up chimneys to earn his keep (although, thinking about it, that might not be a bad idea…… ) but the kind of things he should be doing more himself.
I mean, at that age, I was walking to primary school and back by myself every day as it was only a 5 minute walk away and was in a small village, but here it’s a mile walk each way with a walk near the town centre and very busy roads.
So he hasn’t done that yet as it is just too far.
When it comes to home, I’m expecting him to do more and more though. He’s perfectly capable of getting his own breakfast if he gets up before me, and sorting out his own cereal and milk.
His local Cubs pack opened my eyes to how much more he could be doing at home as well when the other week he had to cook a meal at home for us all to eat as part of a badge they were working towards.
He’d never done that before, either.
(He does make a pretty mean spaghetti bolognese if we let him, it turns out.) He really enjoyed being allowed to chop all the vegetables up to put into the sauce, as it happens. (With us watching over him of course.)
As for the washing up? Nope, he wasn’t so impressed with that.
Me and his Dad thought it was great, though.
“You’ve missed a bit!”
“Ooh, look. I’ve found you another teacup to wash up…”
So what did/do yours do at that age in the way of helping out around the house and also in going out?
Do they go to the shops by themselves? School?
Do you think I’ll get away with sticking him up the chimney? No?! Oh well, I’ll have to think of something else then….