It’s the plight of parents around the world. How can we get our children do help around the house? As parents, it is challenging to be creative and find new ways to engage our kids with chores, perhaps even get them to enjoy doing them! Here are some ideas to motivate your children to check off that chore list!
GIVE SPECIFIC DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS
When you are teaching a very young child to deal with chores you will need to give specific, step-by-step directions. If you just say “You need to clean your room” you are leaving much room for interpretation of the task. It might be very obvious for you what has to be done, but for a young child this sounds very unclear. Instead of giving generalized tasks, you should set the list of chores clearly. For example: “Take your t-shirt and pants and put them in the laundry basket”, or “Make your bed”, or “Collect all your toys from the floor and put them in the box”, etc.
MOTIVATE AND REWARD
Usually when children are at young age it is quite easy to motivate them help clean the house and do chores with the right approach. Turn cleaning into a game. For example, you can make a competition with some small reward: Let’s see if you can make your bed before I finish preparing the breakfast. Whoever is first, gets to choose what’s for dinner tonight”. You can involve even the smallest children in the Spring Cleaning when all members of the family have their tasks.
It is very important to set positive consequences, not only punishments and follow through with them. Some parents develop a reward system with points, or stickers and it proves to be very efficient. For example – every time you children complete their chores they get some points, or a sticker (if the child is too young to calculate their points). Once your children get certain amount of points/stickers – they get a reward.
DON’T SET THE EXPECTATIONS TOO HIGH
When involving toddlers and small children to help you shouldn’t expect perfect results. The point of getting your kids help with chores is to teach them create good habits and routine that will help them further in life. Give clear tasks with detailed instructions and make sure your child is following them. You can neglect a toy that has been left out of the box once, or twice, if everything else is done on time.
LIST OF AGE APPROPRIATE CHORES FOR SMALL CHILDREN
Small children can help around the house in many different ways, but all the tasks you are giving should be complied with their age. Here are some suggestions for chores appropriate for different ages:
2-3 YEARS OLD
- Collecting toys and books
- Putting clothes in laundry basket
- Putting unbreakable items in the sink after a meal
- Placing stuffed animals on the bed in the morning
- Handing adults items groceries from the bag, after shopping
4-5 YEARS OLD
All of the above plus:
- Setting and clearing table
- Sweeping something spilled on the floor with small hand broom
- Sort laundry
- Wiping spilled food from kitchen floor with wet cloth
- Folding some garments – trousers and jeans are simple to fold
- Carrying light bags from grocery store
5-7 YEARS OLD
All of the above plus:
- Sweeping the floors
- Wiping the kitchen table after a meal
- Making their bed
- Assisting in putting away groceries in the kitchen
- Folding all of their clothes
- Make simple meals – sandwiches, putting afternoon snacks in plates, pouring juice
- Feeding the family pet
It is important to teach your child how to help around the house. However, there are some chores – like sanitizing bathrooms, or cleaning the oven and other appliances that cannot be carried out by small kids. We know that being a parent can be exhausting, especially if you are working. Whenever you need a hand with heavy duty cleaning tasks, don’t hesitate to call us. You can book a maid at www.happylifecleaning.com or call us at (972) 793-4752.