Who likes to do household chores?
Very few of us enjoy them even if these tedious tasks are a must to keep the family healthy. But, when assigning household chores to children, a debate is always ready to start. Many parents want to preserve childhood as long as possible as if chores could deprive little ones of the lightness of the youth. Others agree that children can do house chores, but they often see children as less capable, preferring to finish the housework as quickly as possible.
Who do you agree with?
Before you decide, you should know that time spent on house chores may be very instructive. In addition, involving the whole family could be very fun!
But there is much more. Come with us and find out all the benefits kids can gain from doing household chores!
What are the benefits?
As the title of this article advises, housework is a family matter, so the benefits arise if children consider house chores as an activity to share with parents.
Chores teach children some life skills. Whether they are making their bed or sweeping the floor, when helping out around the house, kids feel capable and consequently more confident. They may also take pride in being considered mature enough to take care of themselves and regular things.
So, they can learn responsibility.
Assigning chores to kids teach them respect for the house and the other members of the family. If then, they have to clean and become more aware of the mess they make. Through this, children fully appreciate all the hard work parents usually do around the house and understand that space is to be shared with others, so it is right to take care of it.
Sharing time to do household chores together makes kids feel like productive members of a team. You can easily apply the teamwork model at home, where each member is accountable to the other. Leaning on the other ones can help kids develop strong teamwork skills to use at school or work.
As a consequence of sharing time and work, domestic matters allow family bonding. People often complain that chores take up the time they could be spending with their kids, but it could be a special occasion to stay together doing something important for the whole family.
House chores, moreover, improve planning and time management skills. If fitting all the tasks in a day is a real challenge, setting some daily goals teaches children to recognize priorities and manage their time. It may improve their future capacity of managing homework.
So what about the household chores assigned to children? Do you still think housework is a parenting matter? We suppose not. So, start to involve your kids in your daily home cleaning routine to teach them how to respect the house.
So what about the household chores assigned to children? Do you still think housework is a parenting matter? We suppose not. So, start involve you kids in your daily home cleaning routine to teach them how to have respect of the house.
Give young children simple tasks, choosing age-appropriate chores. Chores indeed are based on developmental levels: setting or clearing off the dinner table, sorting or folding the laundry, put the dishes in the dishwasher, sweeping the room, etc.
For preschoolers, chores should start from picking up their toys each day. They can also begin to learn how to put their dishes away after a meal or fill a pet bowl.
But how do you introduce children to household chores? By playing and putting away toys. If your toddlers have just finished playing with Build Up and Away blocks – an over one-hundred-piece set that inspires generations of builders – it is educational to invite your little ones to collect all the pieces up. Collecting time is educational because it instills patience and respect for the spaces of the house.
You can ask older children to put their shoes and backpacks away when they get home from school. Or, if you expect them to put their clothes away, discuss it with them.
Family chores can be entertaining for children, so you should help your little ones by showing them how to organize things through play. Doing laundry can involve games such as sorting, matching, and tossing socks in the basket. In this way, children can start divide garments, between cleaned and dirty, for instance, by putting them in the hamper or the drawer. But first, you have to show how to recognize dirty clothes and their proper place.
Sorting is an important life skill. To instill it, you can use suitable shape sorter toys for toddlers as the Creative Peg Puzzle, when grooved shapes and pegged posts add an extra dimension of challenge to the sorting task.
If the goal is to tidy the room up, you can use play as a way to instill a sense of order. Toys such as the Alphabet & Animal Parade can teach that! This beautifully crafted 26-piece wooden puzzle, with wild animals on one side and the alphabet on the other, can stand up on a table or a shelf. If that is the purpose of your children’s play, they will pay much more attention to keeping all the puzzle pieces in order. You can hope they do it with the rest of the room too.
Another amusing toy that can ignite the sense of order and responsibility is the Doll Family Mansion. It is a valuable example of role play. With the realistic features of this wooden dollhouse, your children can duplicate your family life while playing, even the effort to keep the house tidy.
Be clear about what is a good job and recognize it! A simple “Great work getting your chores done on time” recognizes the efforts of your child. Likewise, involving children in the decision-making process makes them more engaged to participate!
Something not to forget: praising children for a well-done job is a good habit. What is most rewarding? Spending time together.
What type of toy can better inspire your kids to take part in family daily tasks? Choose the one your children prefer and start teaching how to cooperate at home.
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