The thought of doing chores around the house for children can sometimes be a boring affair to them.
Undoubtedly, they would always rather play than do the chores. Consequently, this teaches them responsibility and improves their self-confidence.
With the Covid 19 pandemic, as parents, we found ourselves mostly working from home, homeschooling, and our children left with a lot of free time.
Parents who had to have an office space at home recently had to reorganize their life to work online and still assist in house chores.
We have many areas that children can help with chores at home, only ensure to provide protective clothing where needed.
The list cannot be exhausted, we will explain a few and how they improve your child’s life skills.
- Washing utensils
- Organizing toys
- Cleaning the table
- Making their beds
- Arranging shoes and bags
- Arranging their books
- Dressing themselves
- Setting the table
- Folding clothes
Importance of Involving your Child in House Chores
As much as we feel guilty about giving them chores, they are beneficial in their future life as they learn life skills.
In addition, children need to know how to keep their homes clean and tidy. For parents, it gives us peace of mind and good working space.
Regardless of this, it is a good way of teaching the children valuable lessons learned by helping around the house.
Importantly, as a parent or guardian, you will instill a sense of responsibility in their life and basic life skills. Not only will these lessons be helpful throughout their lives but also keep them busy doing chores that they enjoy.
One might wonder which duties are easy and can a parent give their children chores even of a lower age?
The chores might not be done to perfection but with time the child will rectify by practicing.
Particularly, these life skills are important as children grow for them to feel confident or when they go out of their homes.
Children are curious and energetic, and they’re always looking for something to do. Tasks are a good way to keep them occupied and entertained too.
Tasks that Children can Assist Around the House.
To name a few we can start the following
Organizing their Toys
Children love playing indoors with their toys and hence can make their rooms untidy.
With so much a parent can do from; washing laundry, cleaning the house, doing shopping, and playing with them. A little help in organizing their toys and will teach them a little bit of responsibility.
Encourage your children to keep their room clean, by organizing their toys, making their beds, and keeping their storybooks on the shelf.
This will be easy as days go as the child will organize and store her/his toys where they should be after finishing playing.
Obviously, as parents, we need to supervise small children when playing with toys to avoid any accidents. Children are fond of putting small toys in the mouth or nostrils which can be dangerous and prompt first aid. For example, small blocks.
Toys organization is an easy task and can be done by a child aged 3 years onwards and sometimes the parents can help out as they start.
Additionally, ask your young child to put away a toy when he is done with it before he gets out another one.
Cleaning the Table
After meals, the children can learn to take their plates to the kitchen. Ensure that the plates they use to eat are not fragile just in case the child drops it won’t break.
Besides that, let them wipe the table, if not perfectly done show them and let them repeat the chore.
Children learn from seeing too, hence a little demonstration from the parent goes along way. It is an important chore to your child as well as simple.
This chore can be done by a child aged 7 years onwards, although some children start earlier than this depending on the training.
As a parent, we always want the best for our children and want to see them learn some life skills.
Arranging Books and Bags
Let them organize their working space for reading at home. It can be a small table or shelf. Allow them to arrange the books in alphabetical order and clean the desk/table. Through this task, they are able to learn to sort things orderly.
Show them where to put their school bags after coming back from school and encourage them to store them in order. This teaches them how to organize things in real life.
Involve the children in folding small items. Without a doubt, the big garment can require to be folded in a specific way which might be difficult for them. Allow them to fold handkerchiefs, socks, undergarments, and vests. As they grow older you can take turns in teaching the children how to fold shirts, t-shirts, shorts, beddings, and trousers, etc., any big clothing.
Your child can develop a sense of personal responsibility, organization, and pride in ownership by simply folding laundry.
Moreover, this is one of those self-care tasks that’s deeply connected to helping your child learn the basic skills as the more practice he gets, the more confident and competent he will feel, and the more willing he may be to take on other self-care jobs.
Work on a flat surface to make the task easier for your child.
Emphasis how it’s important to fold clothes immediately when out of the dryer to minimize the wrinkles.
This will save you time for ironing which can be avoided, explain to your child why.
Shopping for Groceries
From a tender age, kids start learning numbers, instructions by observing or learning from their parents before enrolling in school. Taking your kids for shopping they not only help to find items but also learn in the process.
We fear carrying them along especially when young as they can throw tantrums and embarrass us. Nevertheless, it is never that bad once you talk to them and come to an understanding.
Point to the children new words in the packaging or symbols, these improve their pre-reading skills.
Apart from this, they learn about money as they see the parents exchange money for goods bought. As they get older they can have a feel of it, have a shopping list and pay and wait for change, practicing the mathematics they learn in school.
These outdoor activities help the children interact with other children and learn about different foods they can buy in the supermarket.
The socialization makes them respect other people, learn to wait in the queue for their turn to be served, say polite words, for instance, thankyou to the cashier, and asking for help.
As parents, we always want to finish tasks quickly and relax. Even so when with small children it is good to go with their pace, allow them to grow, and make mistakes.
For many parents allowing their children to dress on their own varies with the ages. Some may say 3 years is good enough for the child to dress themselves.
This is one milestone that parents love when their children conquer. They just need encouragement even when they want us to assist. Encouraged the child to dress and undress by themselves.
To start with, patiently show a child each step of dressing and undressing, from pushing down their pants to strapping the Velcro on their shoe. It might take time but keep motivating them verbally, sit, and offer minimum help to be successful even when they wear wrongly. Repeat the tasks on different days until they get it.
Work with clothes and shoes that are easy for your child to get on and off. After a while, they will need less of your help as the days progresses.
Setting the Table
Do not be in a hurry to carry a set of dishes, remember your child is watching you. Allow him/her to carry carefully one item at a time and place it on the table.
Starts with something simple like bringing a spoon or cup to the table or bringing over their own lunchbox.
Small children love independence and they want to do as adults do. Explain why you can’t allow them to carry the hot food or fragile utensils.
As they grow let the items they set increase you can allow them to place a napkin, a fork, and a plate.
This independence empowers them to feel capable and confident in their growing abilities.
As your child grows and develops from a newborn to toddler until school going age they get to learn basic and life skills. They are some chores that anyone can do including children.
With interactive games, they can learn cognitive skills and communication skills.
Alongside this, they can practice reading storybooks to sharpen their pronunciation and learn reading and critical thinking.
Children thrive on routines, habits through tasks/chores which not only create a feeling of security but also help them focus and become independent.
Make your home a learning area by organizing it with your child.
Lastly, allow your child to learn and teach her/him on where to put their coats, shoes, folded clothes, and assist in other child-friendly tasks. Giving your child chores is a win-win situation.