Raising kids can be a challenging task, despite the fact that you love them to bits. They can be absolutely adorable for a while and then turn into a little tantrum monster in a span of minutes! They can be hard to discipline for first time parents and quite draining whenever they do something embarrassing and rash. At an appropriate age, you will find it difficult to ask them to help you out with simple tasks, and that will become a problem in the future!
There’s even a study that shows that there is a significant drop of kids helping out – willingly – around the house, and they grow up to adults that are clueless about how things work. Chores does not only serve as help around the house, it improves the well-being of the child. It also prepares them for the future wherein they will have to manage their own houses and family – possibly pass on the knowledge.
How to convince them
The most effective way to make this happen is to avoid bribing them with candies, toys, and money – it will make them feel more entitled and will ask more rewards after simple tasks. It will definitely hinder their social skills and work ethics. Developing them to enjoy and do chores more at home will teach them independence and decision-making.
Humans in the past thrived in learning through careful observance and guidance – meaning you can also apply it to teach your child to do the same. They will be able to practice their motor skills in simple tasks like sweeping, putting their toys or books away, and maybe wiping a spillage on the floor. It has then believed that people who are excellent in abstract thinking took part in hands-on activities like chores.
In order to make chores natural for them, never shoo them away when they’re trying to help. If there are times it takes them longer to finish an easy task – like helping you unload the dishwasher – you should have patience and let them learn themselves. If ever they find it hard to understand and improve themselves, you can teach them how to do it with patience. You might feel like you have wasted a lot of time in teaching your children do chores, but it actually will help them become responsible adults in the future.
Here are easy ways to convince your kiddies to do chores:
- Routine. If you make this a part of their lives, they will be able to adjust to it easily and they only feel that their day is complete after accomplishing these tasks. It can be as easy as taking their dishes to the sink and putting their toys away after playing. When they get older, you can add more in the list.
- Praise. They will feel more confident and happy to complete easy chores you offer them. They might even ask you for more chores to help you around with it! Besides, even adults like being praised for a job well done.
Games. Turning this to a game will make the housework more fun for them. They might even ask you for more if you make it really fun and exciting! You can add simple prizes whenever they complete a task such as an extra hour for playing or maybe a trip to their favourite zoo or playhouse.