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.