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How To Get Your Children To Do Chores

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Parenting is not an easy task. We all agree to that and also that there are no set rules or correct ways to raise children. Getting your child to do chores is a basic yet challenging task. In today’s times of the pandemic and frequent lockdown, this has become particularly significant. Now, what can we do to involve the kids in daily work without pressuring or irritating them? Let us take a look at some of the ways:

 

  • We need to work on the kids at an early age. Younger children inculcate habits faster and these remain with them throughout. Small things like picking up toys after playing or before going to bed, taking the plate to the sink after a meal, putting dirty clothes in the laundry bag etc. can be taught from an early age.
  • We should work along with the kids. This gives them a feeling of teamwork and bonding. Needless to say, parents are the first teachers. Children will learn from what they see. All kids imitate their parents and want to become like them at some point. So doing tasks together is a great way to develop this habit in them.
  • We need to project chores as daily activities and family time. Giving allowance for every chore will undermine the work and make it look like bribing the child to get work done. While some parents might say that paying allowances for chores helps get work done faster, this may lead to a long term impact where the child will associate any housework as a means to earn money. Instead of giving allowances for chores, the child can be given extra pocket money for properly contributing to all chores in a month.
  • We should not make rigid chore charts or rules. Chores should be made fun. Making it a mandate will discourage children and develop rebellious attitudes in them. It is absolutely okay if the child is unwilling to do chores on a particular day. We all have good days and bad days. Isn’t it? So if the child is unwilling, skipping chores on some days is fine.
  • We should never use chores as a form of punishment. If this is done, the child will develop resentment towards the work. The mind-set towards chores is very important during the formative years. Chores should be developed as a part of daily routine.
  • We should appreciate and thank kids when they finish their chores. This will make them happy as their contribution to the family is valued. This will in turn motivate them to participate in household chores regularly.

 

All kids are unique and so are the parents. What might work for my child may not work for others and vice versa. We are the best judge of how to handle our kids. However, it doesn’t hurt to learn from others and try out different things. Parenting is tough but few things or habits can make it easier and enjoyable for both parties. So, let’s get started with our munchkins and wrap up all the chores while having fun. If you have any other ideas, please do share.

 

 

Vasudha Das is a content creator, proofreader and editor. She is a hands-on mommy and is a fashion influencer by hobby. Connect with her on Linkedin 

 

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