HOUSEHOLD CHORES FOR KIDS
Many parents believe that kids are too young to get involved in cleaning and setting up the house. But being involved in house chores develops a sense of responsibility, belonging, and acceptance in them. It will surprise the parents to know that doing the house chores can build the confidence and self-esteem of a child. They will feel worthy to know that they are being helpful and you trust them to do some tasks. This trust may give a hugely positive result, as it will make your child a responsible person.
Children are capable to do much more than we can expect from them, even a toddler can perform various house chores. House chores can be very helpful to develop the organizational skills of your child, and they may become better at following instructions. Kids learn through participation and feel good about their contribution to the family. It is for sure, that kids won’t be perfect at doing all the chores but involving them with you will bring pleasure for both and enhance your relationship stronger.
You can choose household chores that suit children’s age and ability and can motivate them to do those chores. A toddler will be able to perform various chores if you involve and guide them on how to do them.
Children between the ages of 1 to 3 can help you around with
Picking their toys
Putting laundry and other washables in the hamper
Filling the water bottles
Watering the plants
Setting up grocery items
Set plates on the table
Wiping up the spills
Dusting around the house
Children aged 4 and above can help with
Making their bed
Cleaning the table
Sweeping the floor
Taking the dishes to the kitchen
Unloading the dishwasher
Cleaning the windows
And all the other things that a child between the ages of 1 to 3 can do.
All these tasks make the child feel empowered and confident as they learn different strategies from all these chores. You need to be patient, and supportive, and praise your child for everything that they do. Your support will let the child feel more confident and capable, and they will take more interest to help you around with all the other chores around the house.