Simple Tips on Introducing Household Chores to Your Children
Every time you come across the word “chores”, it’s hard not to go back into the good ol’ days when your parents would be after you to do one task or the other. You may have hated it back then but now that you’re older and wiser, you understand how important it is to learn about these things from a young age. Chores teach you life skills you won’t learn anywhere else. They make you independent and help you develop the golden skill called patience.
However, getting a child to do household chores is no easy task. Despite the numerous benefits, Household chores always hold a bad reputation in the children’s book. So, is there anything that can be done about it? Yes, there are several ways you can encourage your child into helping or doing independent household chores but before you start, you need to brace yourself.
Introducing Chores to Your Children
When assigning chores to your child, you need to understand their ability and what chores would suit them best. You can’t have a 6-year-old child in the kitchen making dinner, now can you? So, your first step would be to start off with something easy and take it from there. For example, you can ask your child to pick up their toys or clean their room.
Your children will develop a sense of responsibility once they understand that when they do their chores, like clearing the table or picking up their toys, they are subsequently helping the rest of the family members. Once your child is old enough to take on proper chores, you can allow them to choose what they like to do.
Involving Your Children in Household Chores
If you think you can just hand your child a chore and come back to find it done, then you are terribly mistaken. To help a child start their chores, you’ll need to be more available and patient because they’ll need your help to know where to start and what to do. So, the best way to include your child would be:
1. To join your child as they do the chore. Make sure they are attentive and are keeping up with the way you are doing it. For example, if they are folding laundry, you have to teach them first and then see how they do. If they mess up, you have to show them again without losing your temper, until they get the hang of it.
2. Assign specific chores and remind them every day through a chart or a wall hanging that everyone can easily read.
3. Praise and reward their work. This is what will make their work more enjoyable because they know that there is a reward waiting for them.
As a final note, always remember that when your children grow up, they will thank you for teaching them these basic life skills.
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