Chores For Kids
Introducing chores for kids can start at an early age. It’s as simple as teaching them to pick up their toys. Then as they get older and more capable you can add to their responsibilities.
Chores teach our kids so many lessons. It teaches them personal responsibility and how to set a goal and reach it. Also, it teaches the importance of how to do certain things that will improve their life as they get older.
Tips For Getting Kids to do Chores
Getting your kids to do chores is going to be the challenge. Remember to keep trying and not give up. Doing chores will help your child understand that they have responsibilities. That the whole family works as a team. It’s not just mom or dad’s responsibility to do.
Remain consistent when wanting your kids to do their chores. Don’t do the cleaning up for them if they take too long or don’t want to do it. If you told your child to clean their room don’t do it for them. Let them know about the consequences of not doing chores and follow through. Your kids will soon learn you mean business and they need to keep up their responsibilities.
Start Chores at a Young Age
Kids as young as 2 or 3 can do certain things around the house that will get them use to doing chores. If they start young it will be easier to get them to do chores as they get older.
Don’t Worry About Being Perfect
The chores will not be done perfectly every time. But it is the effort that counts. You can supervise the tasks so you’ll know if something needs to be re-done. Such as not rinsing all the soap off the dishes. But doing things like folding laundry and making the bed doesn’t have to be perfect.
Cheer Them On
Make sure to tell your kids that they are doing a good job. Children want to do good and it helps when you praise them for their efforts. Every time they do a chore on their own without being asked, doing it correctly, or keeping up with the chore chart, tell them they did a good job.
Offer a Reward
Some parents feel that this is teaching kids they will get a reward every time they do something that should already be expected. But it could teach your kids a good work ethic for the future. You could consider an allowance for the reward of doing their chores. Or some kind of other rewards like taking them to an amusement park or out to a movie.
Chores By Age
When your child reaches 2 or 3 years old, they can usually do some smaller chores. This is a good age to get started so they can begin learning personal responsibility. They won’t be able to do everything themselves. But it is a good age to have them help you with things.
You can have your younger children start helping to pick up their toys and blocks when they’re done playing. You can also teach them how to make their own bed. They may not be able to do these tasks on their own. But let them help you pick up and pull the covers over their bed. Other chores could be to feed pets with supervision. Or to put their dirty clothes in the laundry basket.
When they get a little older, they can start doing more things on their own. This can be making the bed. Being responsible for picking up things in the living room and bedroom. Also, getting dressed on their own.
Also, they can do some things in the kitchen. Like putting dishes in the dishwasher. They can help outdoors by watering plants and raking leaves. Putting away groceries is another way they can help out. And taking dirty dishes from the table and putting them in the sink.
By the time your child reaches first or second grade, they should be comfortable with doing chores. And on their way to being able to do even more around the house. This includes chores they have already started doing but now can do without your help.
You can also add these chores to their list:
- Vacuuming, sweeping and mopping
- Taking out the trash
- Folding and putting away laundry
- More food prep
- Cleaning their room
At this age, your child is starting to become more independent. They’re choosing their clothes. Helping with laundry and dishes. And making their bed and cleaning their room each day.
You can also add a few more chores:
- Preparing easy meals on their own
- Washing the car
- Cleaning the bathroom
Last Thing You Need to Know about Chores for Kids
Kids can start helping out around the home at an early age. You can start by having them pick up their toys. Then as they get older they can start helping with more tasks.
Chores for kids help them to learn responsibility. When raising your kids, you want to teach them important life lessons. You also want to make sure they can take care of themselves when they are grown. A great way to help them learn this is by having them do chores at home.
I hope you enjoyed this post about chores for kids. How do your kids help out around the house? Let me know in the comments:)
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