Do’s and don’ts when you give your little one household chores!

Do`s and don`ts when you give your little one household chores!In this era of endless entertainment, it is much harder to get your kids do chores with so many distractions at home. There is no surprise that it is one of the most common arguments in every family. No need to explain why kids don`t like chores – in general, they are boring and tedious which is pretty much the same reason why adults don`t like household tasks neither. The most common scenario: you are yelling “Have you cleaned your room?” and your kid calmly answers “I`ll do it later.” while he is playing video games. In order to encourage them to do the job right away, there are some do`s and don`ts you should know. Read on and check them out below:

  • Do – Start at the right age – maybe you have noticed that kids at young age are more enthusiastic to help in the household. Little children want assignments because they praise the fact that they can do what adults do. If you correctly choose task, you can make them get used to doing chores and it will not present a problem at later point. However, many parents have unrealistic expectations of their little ones –  you can`t expect your 7 year old to vacuum your rugs and achieve the results that professionals in carpet cleaning would do. For instance, kids at the age of 3 can put toys away, at 6 they can put silverware in the drawers, by the age of 7 they can start feeding your pet and help you with folding small items when you are doing the laundry.

  • Don`t – Complain about chores in front your kids – no need to explain why! Kids listen and as they look up to their parents, they will start thinking that household tasks are something negative and will try to avoid doing them. We are not saying that you should give them unrealistic expectations – no one gets excited about doing the dishes. However, if you have positive or simply neutral feeling about the duties around the house, your children are more likely to do them without being reluctant!

  • Do – Make household chores entertaining – the same goes for adults, too. If you make the tasks at home fun, you will perform them without complaining and hassle. When you are cleaning with your kids, make up a game to draw their attention. For example, when you are picking the dirty laundry use a big basket and call it “laundry basketball” – your little one will toss clothes inside and will have to do it for set time. Play cheerful music in the background when the dusting should be done. Make your children’s favourite dish and let the dinner be a “gala night” – if you have a girl call the game Cinderella and let her do the table after the feast. Role playing is important so incorporate their favourite cartoon characters in the household chores.

  • Don`t – Use chores as a kind of punishment – your kids will never look forward to doing household tasks if you refer to them like that. Make them feel that doing chores is a part of being a good member of the family rather than making them do it because they have been naughty. If your little one misbehaves better don`t let them play video games or stay up late that night. The only case that giving chores as punishment is when your kid have done something wrong to another sibling – give them the original assignment of the “victim” and try explaining your little one that being bad has its consequences. Teach them to say sorry and think that doing this particular task is a way to placate with their sibling.

  • Do – Use a structure and a chore list – these aspects are very important. Just like your local domestic cleaners have a checklist in order to achieve better results time-effectively, you are recommended to write down one on the fridge and tick every duty they have done. However, when it`s school time you should incorporate chores in a way which doesn`t affect their school projects and doing their homework. Structure the household tasks in a simple pattern – when there is holiday they should be done in the morning and after that they can have the day to play and do their favourite things. During the school year this is not going to work as you may only add stress to their morning routine so think of giving them less responsibilities. Use a reward system to motivate them but use “currency” they like – give them chocolate bars or an extra hour playing their favourite game.

Chores are work but if you incorporate them in your kid’s` life the right way, they will grow up to be responsible and caring adults!

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