Chores are an important piece of jigsaw in the development process for your child. It teaches them the value of belongings, and expands their capacity to handle and manage responsibility. One of the greatest challenges and obstacle that parents face is not knowing what kind of responsibility and chores their children is appropriate for, and what they can handle. So, below are some tasks, chores, and responsibilities that your child can assist with, and that are appropriate for their age.
Even a toddler can help around the house; with close supervision, of course. It is okay to trust your children at this age to help around the house with small tasks and responsibilities, such as – making their bed, putting their toys back to their designated place, etc. You can do things to make it fun for them, for example, putting their shoes back into place into a timed game. These games can be personalized to your child’s liking and taste, and will make doing chores as fun and interesting as you want it to be, and will encourage them to readily participate in doing the said chores.
As your child grows older, they should now be more capable of handling more serious tasks. For example, they should now be able to pick up their dirty laundry and bring them to the laundry basket, or even help sort out the laundry. They may not be able to fully assist with the entirety of the laundry, such as folding and hanging the clothes, but they can be plenty of help in sorting out and folding the clothes! Children in this age group should be able to put their toys and clothes away, but they may need some help and guidance from their parents.Your child could even help you with at the dining table by helping you set the table. This will help create an interest and willingness within the child in helping around the house with chores.
Now that your child has reached their early elementary years, they would have a refined sense of motor skills. Due to their refined motor skills, they are far more capable of helping you around the house with chores and other responsibilities. At this age, they can continue to help you with laundry, the table, etc. But now, they can begin helping you with things like folding the clothes, putting them away, etc. and now they can even put their toys away without any help! And as they grow more helpful, they may be of help in the kitchen as well!
In the latter years of elementary school, your child should be capable of handling their personal chores on their own and independently, although it is absolutely normal for them to require some degree of supervision or support to carry out the more ‘cumbersome’ tasks and chores. They should be able to handle responsibilities and chores like taking care of their laundry, making the table, keeping their room clean, making their bed, etc. with ease and without much effort. They can now also assist with cleaning the dishes, keeping the backyard clean, cleaning around the house, etc. And you may also begin to notice some resistance from your child around this age.
As stated earlier, even toddlers are capable of helping you around the house with chores and taking on responsibilities, and this depends on how soon you choose to invite them to help you. When it comes to young children, one great way to motivate them is to encourage them to clean up whenever they are ready to take part in a new activity or task! And the best time to do this is at the start of the day. Their day should begin by cleaning up their room and making their bed. And after a few days of starting their day by cleaning up and tidying up their bed, it will become routine!
As a parent, you will have to model what you expect from your child. This means that if you want them to carry out their chores consistently and diligently, you will have to do the same. They will have a hard time staying consistent and motivated if they see you slacking around and not finishing your chores. So, make sure to make a conscious effort to show your child that you are completing all your chores and responsibilities. Your child should understand that family chores and responsibilities are a family project, and you expect them to chip in!
Below are some practical steps to ensure children stay motivated to finish the chores assigned to them.
Rewards and incentives can be going out together and buying books for babies. Rewards can also be sitting down together and doing fun activities for children, math activities for children.
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