Teaching Children Responsibility at Home
Does your child tend to make a face
or procrastinate when you ask them to pick up their toys? You are not alone.
Below are some simple tips to help encourage your children to pitch in around
the home, teaching responsibility and having a good time!
Turn It Into a Game
This one seems obvious, but you’d be
surprised by how often ‘fun with chores’ is overlooked for the ‘go clean up
your room’ attitude. Inventing a silly song to sing while cleaning, creating
simple games, like setting a timer and seeing who can pick up most toys by the
time the buzzer goes is a great way to get kids interested and excited.
Let Them Choose
Giving kids the choice of what their
chores are will help them feel like they have input. Some children LOVE loading
the dishwasher or washing machine, while others enjoy organizing toys and
feeding the dog. Let your child choose and you can almost guarantee more
Lead by Example
By showing the child where
everything is supposed to go, and putting away a few items yourself, you are
setting the example and lending them a hand. Not complaining about your own chores
will also set the standard, as those little ears are always listening!
Allowances are a really great way to teach older
kids money management skills, but for the younger years, you can get away with
simpler rewards like sticker charts, little treats or even an episode of their
favourite show once the chore is completed.