Doing chores is a tradition in most families, but sometimes it’s difficult to inspire your kids. Don’t get discouraged, we’re here to help! Chores help kids of all ages learn responsibility, and are a great way to get some extra help around the house. That’s why we have put together a list of golden rules.
5 Golden Rules
- Don’t delay. Still think your child is too young for chores? Think again! Your kids are probably more capable than you think, which is why we put together our age-appropriate list. It’s natural to think you’re giving your kids too much responsibility, and worry that they may fail. However, the only way to learn is by doing, and the earlier you start teaching your kids responsibility the better!
- Don’t require perfection! We all know that no one is perfect, and it’s much more effective to have a relaxed approach to chores rather than being a perfectionist. If you are too particular about how the chore should be done, you may find yourself jumping in and doing it for them. To avoid this, we recommend keeping a calm attitude and steering away from a disciplinary role, acting more as a supportive coach. This will help encourage your kids to try to the best of their ability, feeling accomplished when the job is complete!
- Inspire your kids. Most kids do not jump out of their seat to start their chores. They often require a little inspiration and motivation in order to take responsibility for their chores. The best way to encourage your child is through your own actions. If they see you taking on tasks with a positive, focused attitude, they will likely follow in your footsteps.
- Praise appropriately. You will find it very helpful to praise your kids while they learn these new skills, but try to be diplomatic as well. Too much of a good thing can be bad! Try to avoid excessive praise and encouragement. Too many compliments may lose they’re meaning which, in the end, could be harmful. Focusing on encouragement only when your child is doing the task correctly will allow them to understand the difference between right and wrong, and take pride in their work.
- Make it fun! Working with your kids side-by-side is a great way to build camaraderie and morale. Show your kids that these tasks can be fun by putting on some lively music, cracking jokes and keeping a positive attitude. If your child seems stressed or disinterested while doing the dishes, try working alongside them and giving them the occasional nudge, or playful splash. This can often lower your child’s wall of resistance. Work and fun don’t have to be mutually exclusive!
Not sure your kids will go for it? Give it a shot! Everyone in a household needs to feel needed and to know they are making a contribution – even kids. Chores are great way for kids to chip in and feel a part of.
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