It isn’t always easy getting your child to help out around the house. However, it isn’t just a matter of convenience for parents to have a helping hand, it also teaches your child responsibility and the importance of a good work ethic. The following are some tips to help get your child involved in the maintenance of your home!
Make it Fun
Who says work can’t be fun? Crank up the tunes, pull out the cleaning supplies, and go to town as a family. Cleaning alone may be a chore, but cleaning together can be enjoyable! Make sure that everyone has a list of their responsibilities and set them loose with the necessary supplies.
Make it Rewarding
For a job well done there is usually a reward. Whether that reward is a paycheck or a clean house makes a difference to a child. Children can’t always appreciate the value of a clean house, but they can appreciate the value of other things. A family friend recently set up a chore chart that promised a Disney trip at the end if a certain amount of stickers were accumulated. The chart took a place of honor in the kitchen, and the kids set to work trying to fill it as soon as possible. The final reward doesn’t have to be something as big as a trip. For kids who want a pet of their own, this is a great way to gauge responsibility before making the leap. A summer spent being responsible for something such as dusting, doing the dishes, watering the garden, or vacuuming will help instill responsibility in your child that will continue when they get the pet of their dreams. Another option could be the old stand-by of an allowance. Don’t think of the money as something your child is entitled to, but rather something that he or she earns as they do work around the house.
Make it a Learning Experience
For kids of all ages, learning how to clean is important. As young children, they can learn how to do many household tasks. As they get older, they can learn how to clean the shower or mow the lawn. Take the time to really teach your child how to do something, don’t just assume they know how to do it!
Hopefully these tips will help you get your child involved in the care of your home! What are some other tips you’ve found that work for getting kids involved?