Are you a parent with too many chores and children running your ankles, this half term? Ask yourself – Could your child help with any of the tasks that you have to do? You may be surprised what your children can learn from these chores too…
What won’t a child do or say to escape from the prospect of chores? According to our children a child is not allowed to do chores around the house until they are aged [INSERT the age of the eldest sibling]. Heard that one, before?
You are not alone: research shows that 74% of parents claim that their children rarely help with chores unless asked. Plus 50% of parents spend just as much time arguing with their children about the prospect of doing chores as the time it takes for their children to do the chores.
For many parents it often just seems easier to do the chores themselves rather than ask your child for help. If this sounds like you then this article is just what you have been waiting for.
Assigning impossible tasks, that are over your child’s head, help no-one. We help define a task as age-appropriate:
4 and 5 year old: Pair socks, pack away toys after use, help set the table with placemats and cutlery.
6 and 7 : Empty the dishwasher, prepare lunch, make their bed.
8 and 9 : Set the table for the family dinner, load the dishwasher, clean the bathroom sink, and take responsibility of caring for the family pet – including feeding, brushing, and bathing the dog.
10 and 11 : Put away the food shopping, set on dishwasher, fold clean washing, take out the dustbins.
12 and 13 : Do laundry and put it away, change bedsheets, help with gardening – watering the plants etc. make simple meals for the family, clean the whole bathroom
How Can Chores Teach Your Child Life Skills
“When children help out with chores, they are actively learning to take responsibility: That life requires work,” says James Sears, author of Father’s First Steps: 25 Things Every Dad Should Know.
Chores are about more than simply ‘lending a hand’, they are basic life skills. By loading the dishwasher, helping with gardening, or doing the laundry, children learn how the world works.
Set A Chore Routine
Make it a regular family affair by allocating time each week to actively help out. Perhaps one weekend morning, for as little as one hour, will be enough? This will avoid the battles about when chores are to be done. Having the family do chores at the same time helps and soon your children will learn that every week this is what the family does. It will become as routine as the Sunday Roast dinner.
Let Them Reap The Rewards
Have your children clean their own rooms. Keeping chores personal to each child is really important in teaching your child how to take care of his or her-self. The rewards for your child?
- Feeling of accomplishment
- Strong work-ethic and many more!
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