Chores for Children

Making your little tykes complete their daily chores is one of the most common arguments families have. You’re yelling, “Why haven’t you cleaned your room yet?” while your child is on the couch playing video games, shouting back, “I’ll do it later!”

The reason kids don’t like doing chores is because household tasks are generally boring. Let’s face it; the satisfaction of getting the dishes done is not a very big reward in this day and age of video games and instant gratification. Another big reason is because children feel like they’re being taken away from something they’d like to do in order to do something that’s not exciting or stimulating. And most kids don’t solve that problem by using their time more efficiently to complete tasks quickly. Instead, you’ll see them showing disinterest and dragging their feet.

As a parent it is definitely your duty to make them participate in daily chores as a matter of routine and to make sure they complete their assigned tasks within a proper deadline. If your child is already 3 and still is not participating in chores, it would definitely be detrimental for him or her as they will be lagging behind other children in time management and general vigilance. Having a fixed routine of chores daily makes your child more independent, planned and capable handling many types of work which will definitely come in use later on in their life. Here are a few ways to ensure that your child completes their quota of proper planned chores in a day.

1.Age tailored chores
Make sure the chores on your chart are easily understood by your kids and that each chore is tailored to their age level and your household expectations. Children as young as two can carry out simple chores like collecting the bathroom garbage cans.

2. Set deadlines
Try to have as many chore deadlines as possible be correlated with naturally occurring family rituals like breakfast, lunch, dinner, leaving for school, going to bed, etc. That way, it makes it easy for you and your child to remember when any one chore should be done. You want your family member’s to get into the habit of checking the chore chart before each naturally occurring transition

3.Decorated chore charts
Toddlers may be much more excited about cute pictures, cartoons and images than words on a chore chart. An older child may have more complicated assignments that need an explanation.

4.Place Chore Charts in a Visible Location
Charts need to be posted or stored where they’re easy to see and can be accessed by everyone. The place is often the refrigerator door, but lots of other locations would work too, such as a bulletin board hung in the hallway, kitchen, or even right in your child’s bedroom.

5.Offer Rewards
Some parents see a reward system as a powerful tool to motivate kids and teach lessons about earning. Even if you chose not to reward your children with money, they may need to complete tasks around the house to earn privileges, such as a playdate, a movie or another reward.

Remember parents —— Main motto: Do whatever you got to do to make your kids completed their daily tasks and turn in to independent and organised young men and women when they grow up.

My Daddy is the best!

Before birth, a child spends nine months in mother’s womb. Mom and baby, since inception, form a close bond. The father is the protector and nurturer of this bond.

 

A father is always his child’s first hero. Becoming a father can get a little overwhelming. Your child watches you, copies you and learns for you. Researchers have found that love or rejection from mothers and fathers equally affects kids’ behavior, self-esteem, emotional stability and mental health. In some cases, however, the withdrawal of father’s love plays a bigger role in kids’ problems with psychological adjustment, delinquency and substance abuse. And for others, the presence of a father’s love may do more to boost children’s sense of well-being and improve their emotional and physical health.

 

Let’s extrapolate how fathers impact their children.

 

Emotional Well Being
Fathers are central to the emotional well-being of their children and can be capable caretakers and disciplinarians. Studies show that if a child’s father is affectionate, supportive and involved, he can contribute greatly to the child’s cognitive, linguistic and social development.

 

Social Behavior
Children who bond with their fathers tend to have less behavioral problems and are somewhat inoculated against alcohol and drug abuse. When fathers are less engaged, children are more likely to drop out of school earlier and to exhibit more problems in behavior and substance abuse.

 

Academic Performance
According to a study at the University of Illinois, children of fathers who take the time to ask about what they learned in school and their day-to-day social activities and relationships do better in school than kids who don’t have that kind of input or interest. Researchers at the University of Oxford in England reached the same conclusion about the link between paternal involvement and academic success in their study of 17,000 British school children. Says psychologist Eirine Flouri, one of the study’s authors, “An involved father figure reads to his child, takes outings with his child, is interested in his child’s education, and takes a role equal to the mother’s in managing his child.” Children with this type of dad were more likely to get good grades in school, she found.

 

A Role Model for Sons & Daughters
University of Oxford researchers noted that girls who had more involved fathers were less likely to face mental health problems later in life. Genuine praise and admiration from a father can help his daughter grow up to be an independent, confident woman.

 

Boys model themselves after their fathers. They will look for their father’s approval in everything they do, and copy those behaviors that they recognize as both successful and familiar. Thus, if dad was abusive, controlling, and dominating, those can be the patterns that their sons will imitate and emulate. However, if father is loving, kind, supportive, and protective, boys are more likely to be like that.

 

Being a father is a big responsibility. Before becoming a father, one should take a moment and reflect on the kind of father they want to be and the kind of upbringing they want to give to their child. A lot depends on it.

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