I always forget my kids can help around the house as they age. This blog post will share tips on getting your kids to help around the house. We hope you find these tips helpful!
Decide on a reasonable number of chores kids can help with
Keep it fair when deciding how many chores to assign your kids. Too many tasks can cause kids to become frustrated and cause them to develop a bad attitude toward the responsibilities. A good rule of thumb is 2-3 chores for each child.
Come up with age-appropriate tasks.
When deciding what chores to assign, consider the age of your child. A young child may be able to help pick up toys, put them away, or even brush their teeth. An older child may be able to maintain the kitchen floor or do laundry. You can find a list of household chores for kids on our website.
Make the chores kids can help with fun!
Chores don’t have to be boring! Try to make it fun by coming up with a reward system. You can give out a reward (or treat) for each chore they complete. After they complete their assigned tasks, let your kids choose the reward or treat. Maybe they would like a Popsicle after doing the dishes or prefer to play a game after making the bed.
Give them a role in household decisions.
Let your child have a voice in household decisions. Whether it is what grocery store you visit or the household chores, involve your kids in the decision-making process. Not only does this build leadership skills, but it also enables your child to feel more invested in the outcome.
Make it a family event.
Instead of having each child complete their assigned chores separately, try to make it a family task. For example, you can set up a time each day when everyone puts their items away around the house in their room.
Overall, children helping around the house is a great way to teach them some valuable life skills while also helping to lighten your workload! Assigning age-appropriate chores is a great way to get started, and there are various ways to make chores fun for kids. With creativity and patience, you can turn mundane tasks into learning opportunities for your children!