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Smart Tricks for Involving Children in Household Chores

Smart Tricks for Involving Children in Household Chores

Assigning age-appropriate chores to children can help them learn to be self-reliant and organized. Read on to find some smart tricks for involving your children in household chores.

Being organized and self-reliant are the qualities that will help your child in every sphere of his or her life. As a parent you should encourage your child to become organized and self-reliant from a very early age. The problem is that children are not born organized so you have to use a few smart tricks in order to encourage your children to learn organizing skills. The best way is to encourage them to do age-appropriate household chores. Here are some tips for involving children in household chores.

Make it Look like a Game

You must know that kids are very fond of playing games. So if you present the art of being organized like a game instead of an extremely serious activity there are more chances that you will get your kids interested. Try keeping a colourful dust collecting pan on the floor which your kid can use to pick up and keep toys lying on the floor. Now set a timer with a funny alarm for just five minutes. Watch your kid excitedly trying to pick up maximum toys within 5 minutes. If you have more than one child then this is the ideal chance to make them compete against each other in a friendly way and for a good cause.

Make Organizing Fun

Instead of the regular old boring dusters give your kids a couple of colourful old socks which they can wear on their hands to clean up surfaces that have accumulated light dust on them. Everyday give them a new place to dust and reward them with candy or their favourite milk shake if they do a good job of dusting. Gradually your kids will get used to cleaning up dust and it will develop into a habit.

Make Cleaning-Up a Family Activity

Kids are not naturally organized and will require being motivated into becoming disciplined and organized. Make cleaning up jobs like doing the dishes a family activity in which you and your kids participate together. Let your kids wipe the plates (not glass ones of course) which you wash and then set them in a neat way on the cutlery rack. Slowly start and allow your kid take on more responsibility while you stand by and appreciate them. This will make kids regard being organized as a family thing instead of an individual chore.

Give Kids Chores Which they Love

It is very difficult to bull doze children into doing stuff in which they are not remotely interested. Forcibly coercing your kids into doing something which they hate is not going to be sustainable. So if your child hates dusting do not force him or her to d it. Instead encourage doing something according to your preference like dumping clothes into washing machine or watering the plants. This will yield better and more sustainable results which will actually boost organizing skills.

Give Your Kids Storage Aids

You should give your child colourful storage aids like boxes and clothes bags so that all the stuff is kept organized. Encourage your children to inspect their stuff and keep like items in one box. For example, crayons and other drawing aids should go in one box while toys go in the other. Label the storage boxes for easier identification. In this way you can save a lot of time on arranging your child’s art supplies and toys.

Praise Your Child’s Efforts

The secret behind getting your kid to doing anything productive is lots of encouragement and acknowledging efforts even if the performance is not that great. It is natural for little kids to be a little clumsy and make mistakes. However, if you see them making a genuine effort, do make an attempt to genuinely recognize and appreciate their efforts. This will let your kids know that they are doing things right and will also encourage them to try harder in the future.

With these smart tricks in mind you can certainly try and make your kids happily do household chores and learn be organised and self-reliant.

What are the benefits of involving children in household chores? Why is it important to involve children in household chores? How to involve children in household chores? Discuss here.

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Palak.2 years ago
Doing household chores can help children learn to be independent.
Ishika.2 years ago
It is very important to involve children in household chores. Through these chores they can learn many lifeskills.
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