When children have the responsibility of doing chores, they are learning much more than how to load the dishwasher. They learn self-discipline skills, how to apply themselves to a job, and how to help with running a household. Once your children start helping around the home with chores, you will find that you have more time to spend with them as well as more time to take care of yourself. When starting new chores with our children, we need to keep in mind the age and developmental levels of the children. As parents we need to keep in mind our expectations for our kids.
Below is a link to some age appropriate chores you can be expecting of your child: http://thehappyhousewife.com/home-management/files/2012/07/age-appropriate-chores-for-kids.pdf
When introducing chores, keep in mind the following:
- Plan ahead – involve the whole family, and come up with a plan of who will do what chores.
- Call a family meeting – explain how everyone will be expected to help out with household chores.
- Explain why helping is important.
- Decide on your list of chores.
- Ask your children what chores they would like to be responsible for.
- Finalize the Chore list for each child.
How can I prepare my child for doing chores without a fuss?
- Prepare a Chore Chart
- Set a time that their chores will be done
- Talk about rewards
- Talk about consequences
How can I encourage my child to do their chores?
- Help your child get started
- Check chores at the agreed times
- Encourage desirable behaviours
- When chores are not completed, tell your child the problem and follow through with the consequence.
- Review the progress – after a week, sit down with your family and see how the chore chart is going. Adapt what may need to be adapted.
With time, practice, and consistency your children will be helping out in your home faster than you would have imagined! Now, with all that extra time, take the family and head to the park for an afternoon of fun!