Doing all the chores can be tough if it’s done by one person, but getting our kids involved can help you get some load of work off your shoulders.
Besides, teaching your children to be more involved in the chores at home will help them in their development of independence, problem-solving skills, and concentration.
Fortunately, this works for all ages, so it’s never late to begin. Here are some basic steps that can help you get started:
Step 1: Set an example.
Children will be more likely to create the habit of cleaning if you show them how things are done.
First, you must show them how so they can start to learn how to do each chore. Ask them for help so both can clean together as a team. A few days later, you can ask them to do one task by themselves, like putting their dirty clothes in the laundry basket.
Step 2: Talk about the significance of a clean environment
As you are cleaning with your kid, talk to them about why maintaining a clean and organized environment will make their life better.
You can say positive things like, “Look, now that your clothes are organized, you can see all your shirts. Now you can easily pick your outfit of the day.”
Step 3: Start off easy
Learning how to do many things at once can be intense, especially for children. Start off with a few simple tasks like putting away their toys or even taking their dirty clothes to the washing machine.
Increase assignments and the level of difficulty as your child gets better at doing their previous tasks.
Step 4: Design a weekly planner
Chasing your child every day so they do their chores can also be time and energy-consuming. Create a planner with all your kid’s chores so they know what they must do. This way, you might only need to remind them to complete all of their tasks for the day.
Note: For younger children who can’t read, you can use drawings on the planner that they can understand to represent each chore.
Step 5: Consistency is the key
We know keeping up with homework, chores, and making dinner can be quite a lot. Nevertheless, making sure your child completes their tasks regularly will be a lifesaver in the future. Once they learn and cleaning their room becomes a habit, you won’t need to worry about it later. So, make sure your child finishes all their chores every day.
Step 6: Acknowledge their work
After they have successfully completed all of their chores, make sure you give them credit for their hard work and recognize the positive things in their work. Think about how they are learning something new, and whatever the outcome is, they are a work in progress, so it’s ok if the shirt isn’t folded as neatly as you would do it.
Step 7: Fewer punishments, more consequences
We have been taught to embrace punishment as a form of teaching, but what if I told you that it doesn’t really help much? Punishments will only give a negative view of the situation so that they will be avoided by fear. Instead, use consequences relevant to the situation.
If your kid doesn’t want to pick up their laundry, you can say, “In order to play here with your toys, you need to pick up your clothes so you can have space to play. Once you pick them up, you can get your toys and play.”
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