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How is it possible that the little baby that relied on you for everything has suddenly become a tiny independent human capable of dressing, feeding, and entertaining themselves?
It may be tempting to keep them little for a just little longer, but it is also our responsibility as parents to teach them to be productive, polite adults. There is no golden rule book for parenting, and there are guaranteed to be bumps along the way. Luckily, we can serve as a community of parents to learn from each other’s triumphs and failures.
Want to know how to help your kids mature? Give them Chores. Assigning chores to your children may seem like you have ulterior motives, but it is an exceptional way to teach them responsibility and even gratitude. First and foremost, consider which chores your children are capable of completing at their ages. As awesome as it would be to see your toddler do a load of laundry, we need to set realistic expectations. Take the time to teach your child the correct way to complete a task. Younger children can start by picking up their toys and putting dirty clothes in the hamper. Eventually, they can graduate to more complex tasks such as washing dishes and yard work.
Chore Chart/ Games are great motivators for kids to get helping around the house. On our mumlists app we have these chore lists in editable PDFs. You can print or checkoff the tasks in the app itself.
Here is the list of some Chore Charts that we love:
Now lets take a quick look for chores your kids can do age wise:
Age 4 to 6
1. Clean up toys
2. Fold their blankets
3. Watering house plants
3. Help set the dinning table
4. Help carry light weight grocery bags
5. Unload dishwasher
6. Unload laundry
7. Clean up after themselves.
Age 6 to 10
1. Make their beds
2. Load dishwasher
3. Load laundry
4. Fold clothes
5. Wiping down countertops
6. Feeding your pets
Age 10 +
3. Cleaning bathrooms
5. Getting the mail
6. Taking out trash
Just like us, sometimes children need some extra motivation to get their housework done. We must not use chores as a punishment. Children will start to associate that negative connotation with their chores and become even more resistant to finishing them; not only can that cause short-term problems as chores pile up, but it creates horrible habits for them in the long run. Teach your children why you are doing certain tasks. Explain that cleaning is a way to take care of your home and possessions and is an act of gratitude and appreciation. Instead of tricking your kids into doing chores, parents have been getting creative about upping the excitement. To get your children motivated to complete their tasks, consider:
1. Playing their favorite music while they work
2. Make it a contest or game
3. Design a chore chart and let your kids put their own stickers on it when they finish a chore
4. Implement a reward system such as prizes and allowances
Remember, after doing all this, there will still be times when kids will not do their chores and you will feel like a total waste of time on above systems - and that failure my friend is part of parenting! On such days, you just pour yourself a glass of wine, and say - "bless the mess"!