Parenting

Best Household Chores to Train a Child to Do Willingly

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Helping a Child to Grow Along with Domestic Morals that Create in them Sense Of Responsibility

Domestic chores are a vital part of our life and homes. It is the responsibility of parents to encourage their children to learn how to assist with domestic chores, this will promote work and play in their lives. As a parent it is normal to expect your child make a mess of things during chores, but constantly encouraging them will help them learn more on how to keep things clean and tidy. It also helps children understand the value of teamwork especially when the family is involved in domestic chores.

Domestic Chores Meaning

Domestic chores simply defines household management which entails certain duties, chores and tasks involved in running a home. These chores are a vital aspect of domestic chores, they include cleaning, maintenance of appliances or items, cooking, shopping, laundry and many others. These tasks can be performed by every member of the family including children. Domestic chores can also be term household cores.

Household Chores

A task such as cleaning that which has to be done around the house on regular basis. It is an housekeeping exercise.

House Keeping

Act of management of duties and chores involved in the running of domestic/household task e.g. cleaning, washing, shopping, arranging toys, removal of cobwebs, laundry and related home maintenance. This task are performed by household members or person hired to carryout the routines.

How Domestic Chores Teaches Discipline

A chore is a task that may not be fun to do but it is necessary to do it, sometimes people like to employ help for chores especially domestic chores. If you understand the value and effect of training your child in the art of domestic chores, you might reconsider employing the services of domestic help. This will help them recognize no one else to do the chores except they and the family.
Every child trained in domestic chore and home management will find it easy to manage their lives as an adult,it will help to promote their interpersonal relationships with others as well as teamwork. It will also help them keep their life activities uncluttered.

How You Can Use Domestic Chore to Train Your Child to Be Good Organizers and Home Managers

When encouraging your child to participate in domestic chores, it is important to create a structured plan on how several tasks will be taken care of. You can try to make it simple for everyone by arranging chores orderly relating to urgency and importance.

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Some chores can be declared daily chores, while others may be assigned as weekly or monthly chores. These categories will help a child stay orderly regarding home management. Below are examples of chores that can be assigned for daily and weekly.

Daily Domestic Chores

Daily are routine that is carried out on daily basis. This are chores that required immediate attention and as such should not be carried over for any reason that may arise

Examples of daily chores

  • Making the bed is an example of a daily chore, it is the first task of the day that can be completed without much fuss
  • Putting all Clutters away is another daily chore, this will keep the room clean and tidy.
  • Clearing the table and washing the dishes should be assigned as a daily chore
  • Wiping the counter and dusting the cabinets is an essential part of a daily domestic chore.
  • Sweeping the floor or vacuuming is also an important part of domestic chores you don’t want to miss daily.
  • Laundry can also be done daily to reduce unwashed clothes, hence reducing clutter.
  • Arranging the shelves, especially where books are kept is another daily chore that can be incorporated.
  • Wiping the bathroom clean after bathing can also be considered a daily chore
  • Cleaning of car.
  • Cooking of simple meal with supervision.

Weekly Domestic Chores

Weekly chores are quite different from daily chores, it is important to note the difference to enhance orderliness for your child and family; below are few example of weekly chores

Examples of weekly chores

  • Grocery shopping or household shopping generally can be considered done weekly, to avoid forgetting anything, you may consider writing a list of what you need. Let your child accompany you to the store, it will them see how things are done, this can be done usually weekends depending on your schedule. After getting groceries, depending on the age of your child, you might consider letting them arrange the groceries
  • Lawn mowing or Weed clearing can also be considered a weekly domestic chore. Watering of plants and flowers too can be done weekly, depending on the season. However there are different steps to take if you want to encourage your child to assist you willingly in domestic chore

How to encourage your child to willingly participate in domestic chores

Have Clear expectations

To train your child, you must let them know your expectations concerning the chores, be clear on the type of chores you want them to do and how you want it done. If it is not good enough let them know they can do better next time, this will give them a sense of direction and the desire to meet up with your

Be Consistent

Another step to consider is consistency, when they are already used to a particular chore, don’t stop them from doing it, this may hinder the progress you are making in training your child on domestic chores.

Create Time

Sometimes parents think leaving the chore for a child will waste time, every child needs time to learn, the more time they spend on the chore, the better they become.

  • Age should be considered when giving your child chores, for instance some children may not be fit for dish washing yet. Choose chores suitable for your child’s age. You may consider starting with easy chores like clearing the table to get your child accustomed to chores.
  • Give them gifts and reward them appropriately, this will motivate and encourage them to indulge in chores often.

Create A Suitable Roster/Schedule

Rosters serves as an activity calendar, to make them orderly when helping with the chores as well as helping them to know the right time for all the chores.

Set A Good Example

Children believe what they see than what they hear, when training them to partake in house chores, it is important to involve everyone in the family. This will set a good example for them to follow.

Praise Them For a Job well-done, this will encourage them to do more

Involve Them In Decision Making

Sometimes ask for their opinion when dealing with domestic chores, it goes a long way to building their confidence. Ask them what particular chore they want to do, give them options and opportunity to make choices.

Try To Make Domestic Chore Fun

There are several ways to make house chores fun for children, for instance you can play with the soap bubbles while washing the dishes or you can have fun during laundry when sorting and matching clothes or socks. When You incorporate fun into house chores, your child will look forward to participating in every domestic chore.

Don’t allow gender to affect the training given a child concerning domestic chore

For instance people tend to think domestic chores is not suitable for a male child except the female child. This may seem biased to a female child, hence it is suitable to incorporate chores in the home regardless gender.

What To Avoid When Training A Child On Domestic Chores

It is important to know what not to do while training your child in domestic chores to enable you make more progress

  • Avoid yelling or spanking your child for every mistake they make when doing house chores, it will create fear in them and make them lose confidence in themselves
  • Avoid forcing them to do chores, instead appeal to them gently and explain the importance of participating in house chores
  • Don’t make promises you can’t fulfill in a bid to make them do chores, your child may learn not to trust you anymore.
  • Do not make chore as a way of administering punishment.
  • Do not spank for any reason’ else it will completely demoralise your child. If the reason for discipline occurs then it is advisable to engage in dialogue. Take a time out to discuss better resolutions
  • Avoid using derogative words and comments

Importance of Domestic Chores on Children

There are several ways domestic chores influences children positively. Listed below are some of the importance of chores in children’s lives.

  • Domestic chore helps children to be responsible
  • It gives them the satisfaction of completing a task
  • It helps them to be good home keepers
  • Another effect it has on children, is that it helps them to accommodate team work both at home or school
  • It also builds their communication skills and their interactions with people and the society at large.

How to Chose Domestic chores According to Children Age

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Administering chores in accordance to age really matters. It a thing to be done with extra carefulness in order to avoid problems that may arise in the cause of training your child. Another fact is that children are bound to make mistake despite, by assigning the right chore suitable for the right age may go along way in controlling worst scenario. Let’s look into the age group and chores that likely suitable for them.

Toddlers

These are kids around the age 2-3 yrs old,they do not require much chores, listed below are chores they can be encouraged to participate in.

  • They can be trained to clear toys and clothes,
  • They can place clothes on racks
  • They can also set dinner clothes on the table.

Preschoolers

These children are around the age 4-5 yrs old, the chores they can be involved in are listed below

  • They are capable of setting the table for meals,
  • They can assist in the kitchen when cooking by placing stuffs rightly.
  • They can help with arranging groceries or food items as long as they know the rightful place
  • They can hand you wet clothes to spread for drying as well as packing neat piles of clothes.

Normal School Age

These children are categorized around the age 6-8 yrs, they are capable of handling several chores namely

  • Feeding the pets
  • Watering plants or garden
  • Taking out the garbage
  • Can Mop floors
  • Can hang clothes to dry without supervision
  • Can help with shopping for groceries
  • Can participate in meal preparation and keep cutlery in the appropriate place.

Teenagers (Adolescent)

They are around the age 12-16 yrs, at this stage they can do almost all domestic chores, some of them are listed below, namely

  • They can participate in clearing weeds,
  • Can arrange their rooms,
  • They can handle the laundry
  • They can vacuum and sweep
  • They can mop the floors
  • They can feed the pets as well as wash bird cages or litter cages
  • They can clear the dishes and wash
  • They can assist with table setting
  • They can Prepare lunch and dinner
  • They can wash the family car
  • They can go to the store to shop for groceries
  • Cleaning the counter
  • Washing and scrubbing of the bathroom

Conclusion

Asides the sense of responsibility that domestic chores offers children, it also gives room for chat and discussion, when your child assists you with domestic chores, you can both discuss, chat or gist about how your day went, concerns and questions they may have in their mind. Hence domestic chores can also create a bonding time between you and your kids.
As time goes by, you create a schedule or routine for chores that will be suitable for you and your child, the daily and weekly schedule can be used to draw a chart and placed at a strategic position where your kids can easily access. You can make them participate in household chores efficiently by telling them they can be allowed to do other fun things like visiting friends, watching TV or playing game once they are done with their chores. This will help them look forward to doing the chores quickly and efficiently without any fuss
This article is for parents and guardian who genuinely want their children to embrace the habit of domestic chores. We hope it was helpful and educating. For questions or more details you can send it to our website

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