Assigning chores to your kids may be one of the best things you can do for them. As odd as it may sound, giving chores to children can actually help them in many ways. Kids who learn how to do chores at an early age learn responsibility and gain important life skills that will benefit them later in life.
Your kids don’t have to drag their feet about doing household chores. You can come up with some ways to make these chores enjoyable and worthwhile.
Here are some useful tips to get your kids started with helping around the house.
1. Let them watch and observe you when you’re doing household chores.
Children naturally watch and observe what adults do most of the time. So letting them watch how you do each task is a good way to start. You may also want to use this time to discuss what you are doing and why is it important.
2. Little by little, ask your kids to help you go through the chore.
Aside from being more fun, doing a chore together will also allow you to properly guide your child. To make it an entertaining experience, you can play some of your child’s favorite music while you’re at it.
3. Make sure that the chores you’re giving are appropriate to their age.
It’s ideal if your kids are capable to fully understand and perform the tasks you are giving to them. It is essential to give them simple and straightforward jobs.
4. Integrate chores in your children’s daily routine.
Having a daily routine develops habits. If doing chores becomes their habit, you won’t have a hard time motivating them to help with the chores.
5. Turn household chores into playtime.
Kids will always be kids. You have to respect your children’s need to play. After all, playing is their way to learn, grow and develop. Try to be more creative in performing tasks. Get them excited for chores.
Above all these, always remember that you don’t have to rush your kids in learning to do chores. Don’t expect too much and just support your children all the way.