Kids can learn numerous things from doing home chores. Even simple household chores provide additional learning and experiences. In fact, doing some household chores based on their ages will teach them to learn about specific procedures in taking care of the family, their home, and even themselves. By doing some simple chores at home, our kids can learn essential skills which they can utilize during their adulthood. These chores that would be good for them may include preparing meals, organizing things, cleaning inside the house, gardening, and others.
Suppose we let our kids get involved in different household chores. In that case, it’s a great opportunity for them to experience relationship skills such as negotiating, working as one team, communicating, and cooperating. If we allow our children to contribute something inside our home, then we help them to feel responsible and competent. Even though they do not enjoy doing the household chores, they still feel the challenge of doing the process, resulting in achieving satisfaction once the job is properly accomplished.
Aside from that, sharing household chores can help every family member to work better; thus, reducing family stress. If our kids extend their hands to finish the tasks at home, then chores get easily done. As a result, it gives us more time to have family bonding since we are already done with the household chores.
If we have kids that are old enough, then we can have family discussions about doing chores at home. This reinforces the idea that every family member can contribute to how our household runs. If we have kids at home aging over 6 years old, we can let them decide which specific chores they would prefer to do. To better reconcile the assigned tasks or household chores, we may consider some ideas and chores that our kids can do. Below are some of the chores that would be suitable for our kids according to their ages:
For Toddlers (2 to 3 years old)
- Picking up of books and toys
- Setting placemats on the table for dinner
- Putting clothes on the clothes hooks
For Preschoolers (4 to 5 years old)
- Setting up the table for our meals
- Helping us with shopping from grocery stores and putting away the groceries
- Helping us on preparing meals, but still under supervision
- Folding clean clothes that are ready to be placed inside the cabinet
- Assisting us to place clean clothes into the cabinet
For School-Age Children (6 to 12 years old)
- Watering the indoor plants and other plants in the garden
- Feeding our pets at home
- Taking out the rubbish
- Helping us with folding, washing, and hanging out our clothes
- Assisting us when shopping or choosing foods in the supermarket
- Sweeping the floors
- Putting away cutlery and crockery
- Cleaning the sink of the bathroom, mopping the floors, and wiping down the kitchen benches
For Teenagers (13 to 18 years old)
Our kids aging from 13 to 18 years old can perform household chores which they do before. However, they should be more responsible enough for doing these tasks alone. They may also do some complex chores at home like washing the clothes or the plates, cleaning the toilet or the bathroom, preparing meals, mowing lawns, or stacking the dishwasher. If we give chores to our kids with ages from 13-18, then we should think about the tasks that provide great skills to be learned. What is important are the skills and learning that may get out of doing these household chores.
How to Motivate Our Children to Do the Household Chores?
Motivating our children to do the chores at home is quite challenging. But if we have kids and family members who are kind-hearted, open-minded, and understand the essence of teamwork, then this will never be a problem at all. We can motivate them to do specific chores at home by:
- Showing interest in how your kids have done the tasks
- Praising positive behaviors
- Being clear enough about specific chores of every individual at home – We can prepare a list of chores to do that would serve as a reminder.
- Performing the chores together until our kids can do the tasks with their own
- Providing a simple incentive or reward once the task is done
These simple things would somehow motivate our kids to do specific tasks or chores at home. So, we can think of some innovative ways so that they will be encouraged to help even in simple means.