If you have kids, one of the best things that you can teach them when they are young is how to do chores around the house. Not only will you be teaching them how to be self-sufficient and contribute when they are part of a team, but you’ll also be helping them learn how to work hard, complete tasks that they aren’t excited about, and take ownership and responsibility for their belongings and shared spaces that they live in.
To help make sure that your kids are learning all of these things and more from the chores that they’re doing, here are three things to teach your kids about doing chores around the house.
Bring The Right Attitude
No one likes doing chores. Not you. Not your kids. No one. But the fact of the matter is that certain things need to be done around a house in order for it to function properly. So when something needs to be done and there’s no way around it, you might as well get that thing done with a positive attitude.
This is something great that you can instill within your children as they do chores. To do this, make sure you’re coming into chore time with a positive attitude yourself. When there’s something you need to do, don’t complain about it and drag the task out. Just get it done and move on with your life. Seeing you do this will help your kids learn this lesson as well.
Let Their Skills Build
When your kids are first starting out with chores, you’ll have to give them easier tasks that fit their age and their abilities. But as they get older and have more experience with chores, and can handle working with safe and eco-friendly cleaning supplies, you’ll want to help them build on their skills by giving them bigger jobs.
Because getting more chores that are harder to do likely won’t be a fun idea for your kids, try to broach this subject by saying that they’ve done so well with what they’ve been given already and that, just like in other areas of their life, it’s important to build on their skills and always be improving.
Set And Meet Expectations
Regardless of the ages of your kids when you start instituting chores, if they don’t know what your expectations are for how you want things to get done or what you want it to look like when they are done with their chores, they likely won’t live up to what you’re envisioning in your head. To rectify this, you’ll want to make sure that you’re always setting reasonable expectations and that you’re having your children meet those expectations. While this can take some practice, it will help your children learn how to accept expectations from others in jobs later in life and then strive to meet those expectations there, too.
If you have kids at home, consider using the tips mentioned above to help them learn more while doing chores around the house.