Advice on teaching your child to help with the household chores

Advice on teaching your child to help with the household chores

When you give your child minor responsibilities in the home, depending on his age, there are a series of benefits for his growth. He feels proud and a sense of achievement. He develops abilities. He feels part of the family team. If everyone helps he will understand that he is not unique. As your child grows you can add chores to be done daily. When he is very small instead of giving him chores, ask him to help with your chores and, as he grows, he can be given more demanding chores. You should know that: Don't underestimate your child, give him simple chores appropriate to his age, such as tidying his room. The first chores children learn are those of personal cleanliness (going to the bathroom, brushing his teeth and dressing himself). He must be given chores appropriate to his age because if the chore is too difficult he will become frustrated and won't finish it. Some ideas for a two-year-old: When he takes off his clothes, he puts them in the laundry hamper. Put a dirty diaper in the trash. Pick up the toys he played with. If your child is three years old, you could try the following chores: When you take the socks out of the dryer he can help you sort them by color. He can water a plant. He can feed the dog. He can wipe up the floor when he drops something. After his meal, he can put his dishes in the dishwasher. When your child is not so small, and is now four years old, you can increase some tasks, such as: Set the table before mealtime. Dry the clean forks and spoons. Help you fold towels when you take them out of the dryer- When you make the bed, ask him to help you. When he takes a bath, have him pick up the towel. When you cook, you can ask for help in simple tasks. When your baby helps you he might take longer to finish the task but remember to be patient as you are helping him become more responsible in the future. If you have a son and a daughter, give them chores without considering their gender; your son can help in the kitchen and your daughter can help in the yard.The tasks you give your children will be more effective if you are clear; it's not the same to ask a child to clear the table as it is to ask him to put the glasses in the dishwasher. Be creative so that the household chores don't become boring; for example you can turn on music when it's time to clean, or see who can pick up more quickly. If your child made the bed, and it's not perfect don't be picky and thank him for his effort and then gently show him how it should be done. Don't forget that praising good deeds gets better results and criticizing bad ones. So congratulate him whenever he finishes a task.You should not pay for household chores, your child will not want to contribute to the household just to be helpful.



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