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Household chores: good for children, good for your family

Children can learn a lot from doing household chores.

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Doing chores helps children learn about what they need to vị to care for themselves, a home and a family. Theylearn skills they can use in their adult lives, like preparing meals, cleaning, organising and keeping a garden.

Being involved in chores also gives childrenexperience of relationship skills lượt thích communicating clearly, negotiating, cooperating and working as a team.

When children contribute to family life, ithelps them feel competent và responsible. Even if they don’t enjoy the chore, when they keep going they get the feeling of satisfaction that comes with finishing a task.

And sharing housework can alsohelp families work better & reduce family stress. When children help out, chores get done sooner, & parents have less to do. This frees up time for the family to bởi vì fun things together.

How khổng lồ get children involved in chores

It’s best lớn start by choosing chores that work for children’s ages & abilities. Chores that are too hard can be frustrating – or even dangerous – và chores that are too easy might be boring.

Even young children can help with chores if you choose activities that are right for their age. You can start with simple jobs lượt thích packing up toys. Chores lượt thích this send the message that your child’s contribution is important.

It’s also important to lớn think aboutchores or tasks that get your child involved in caring for the family as a whole. A simple one is getting your child to help with setting or clearing the table. Jobs like these are likely khổng lồ give your child a sense of responsibility and participation.

If your child is old enough, you canhave a family discussion about chores. This can reinforce the idea that the whole family contributes to how the household runs. Children over six years old can help decide which chores they’d prefer.

You canmotivate your child to get involved in chores by:

doing the chore together until your child can vì it on their ownbeing clear about each person’s chores for the day or week – write them down so they’re easy to lớn remembertalking about why it’s great that a particular job has been doneshowing an interest in how your child has done the job

Plenty of encouragement keeps children interested in helping. You can boost your child’s chances of success by explaining the job và telling your child they’re doing well. This way, your child will feel rewarded.

Pocket money for children’s chores

Some children are motivated to vì chores for pocket money. But some families believe all family members have a responsibility khổng lồ help and don’t give out pocket money for chores.

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If you decide to lớn pay pocket money for chores, explain chores clearly so there’s no confusion or bargaining about what needs to lớn be done & when.

Some families don’t link chores to lớn pocket money, but might pay extra pocket money for extra chores.

Chores for children of different ages

Here are some ideas for chores for children of different ages.

Toddlers (2-3 years)

Pick up toys & books.Put clothes on clothes hooks.Set placemats on the dinner table.

Preschoolers (4-5 years)

Set the table for meals.Help with preparing meals, under supervision.Help put clean clothes into piles for each family member, ready khổng lồ fold.Help with grocery shopping & putting away groceries.

School-age children (6-11 years)

Water the garden & indoor plants.Feed pets.Help with hanging out clothes & folding washing.Take out rubbish.Help with choosing meals và shopping.Help with meal preparation và serving, under supervision.Vacuum or sweep floors.Clean the bathroom sink, wipe down kitchen benches, or mop floors.Put away crockery và cutlery.

Teenagers (12-18 years)Teenagers can bởi vì the chores they did when they were younger, but they can be responsible for doing them on their own.

Teenagers can also take on more difficult chores. For example, teenagers could vì the washing, clean the bathroom và toilet, prepare meals, stack the dishwasher or mow lawns.

When choosing chores for teenagers, think of the skills you’d like them to learn.

You can keep children motivated by letting them change jobs from time to time. This is also a way of rotating chores fairly among family members.

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