THE DREADED WORDS ‘CHORES’!
Every household spends some time of the day completing chores.
The question is, who is assigned to the task? An overworked, exhausted mom. A helper or the whole family, including the children?
If your child is not part of the home tidy up brigade, note why you should encourage your child to partake in this important task.
Why assign tasks to your children.
• To help them become independent as this not only boosts their self-esteem and self-confidence but aids them to become independent adults who do not rely on others.
• Independent members of society develop good problem-solving skills and are thus well sought after in the business world.
• Allocating set tasks instils responsibility in children, a vital skill in the workplace and the running of a home.
• Working together helps your child become a team player who ultimately helps them become strong family members and good citizens.
• Children love to help, and when their help is accepted in a non-criticizing or condemning manner, they feel proud to be acknowledged and accepted as part of the family.
When delegating tasks to children, do consider their age and capabilities.
Set up a "reward chart" to help your child remember their tasks and keep track of their completion. Use fun, funky stickers, which the child can choose, to recall tasks completed.
Pocket money can also be used as an incentive to help around the house. This becomes a wonderful opportunity to teach children the value of money.
Parents, however, should show their children how to save and budget. What an incredible life skill to learn young!
When introducing family “tidy-up time”, work alongside your child and keenly motivate them to assist with household chores.
Some simple tasks for toddlers
- pack away their toys.
- Put clothes in the laundry basket.
- Put their plate in the sink after meals.
Some simple tasks for preschoolers
- Clear the table.
- Match socks together.
- Care for animals’ food and water dishes.
- Help wash the family car.
- Set the table for meals.
Once children reach primary school or older, they can take on more responsibility without supervision and learn more physically tricky tasks. They can also start making their snacks and breakfast.
Do not forget to praise your child for positive behaviours and offer plenty of encouragement to keep your child interested in continuing their assistance.