Get Your Kids to Love Chores with These Fab Tips
Benefits of getting your kids to love chores
Develops a sense of responsibility (especially if having to take care of or feed pets)
Develops a sense of achievement and pride in tasks completed well
It will teach them cooperation, independence, self-motivation, patience, and resilience
Teaches about the importance of hygiene and taking care of yourself
Develops motor skills and enhances physical development
Develops an attitude of self-respect and respect for others
Doing chores such as cooking, or working in the garden, can be done together, making family time fun, educational and constructive
Throwing trash away instead of on the floor or on the pavement teaches your kids good environmental etiquette
Chores such as cooking, gardening, repairing items or doing woodwork can open your childrens eyes to hobbies or career paths they are passionate about and develop their skills at a young age to succeed
Guidelines for Age-appropriate chores
For younger kids chores can be incredibly beneficial in developmental growth. During cooking time learning to identify vegetables, sorting them by colour, learning about measurements and following instructions are all simple yet extremely valuable activities.
Tips to keep the kids motivated
Make a ‘Chore Chart’ which you can stick on the fridge. The kids can receive a gold star or tick off their chores on completion.
Don’t aim for perfection; rather check their attitude. Are they completing their chores to the best of their ability? Whether the end result is as perfect as you would have done it or not, what counts is that they did their best.
Explain and demonstrate new tasks step-by-step before assigning them.
Praise work well done.
Be consistent and don’t bend the rules, however hard it may be. No washed or ironed clothes, means nothing to wear the next day - that is the reality of life.
Ensure safety first.