What type of household chores can my child do? This is a frequent question for parents who at times have no idea how to get their children involved in domestic tasks. Letting children off the hook in terms of household chores means depriving them of an important chance to develop a sense of responsibility, and it is therefore necessary to begin assigning responsibilities from a very young age, with chores that are quite simple, and later, with more complex chores.
The first chores that a child takes part in should be closely related to the child’s own self, such as cleaning up their own toys, putting away their clothes, getting dressed by themselves, and putting away whatever they have taken out and scattered about in their own room. Believe it or not, such small responsibilities also instill confidence and independence in children, because little by little, they learn to take care of themselves and to understand that work and effort are a natural part of life.
Children will reap the following benefits from doing household chores:
-Development of their motor skills
-Feelings of confidence and security
-Teaches children to create healthy habits
-Helps to develop organizational skills
The most important thing is to remember to teach children to help out at home, and this is a process that will require a lot of patience from parents, given that they will need to explain (often more than once!) how each task is done until the child has been able to complete it on their own. It is important to accompany the child and offer support so that they can learn to do the task alone and not end up frustrated and thinking that they just can’t do it.
It is important that any housework done by children is performed according to age-appropriate skills and abilities. We are sharing the following small list of chores that are recommended. Check to see how many of them your children are already doing and which ones they can learn to do.
|1||Put dirty clothes in the hamper|
|2||Clean up their toys|
|3||Help to set the table|
|4||Take their plate to the sink after eating|
|5||Dry dishes and/or put them away|
|6||Make their bed before going to school|
|7||Sweep the floor|
|8||Wash the dishes|
|10||Make the bed|
|11||Help with gardening|
|12||Clean their room|
Do your children do chores at home? What are the responsibilities that you started them out with? Tell us about your experiences as other members of the Academia Cotopaxi school community may find them helpful.
Tags: habits, household chores, family