With the growing “epidemic” of having a helper in each home, we are forgetting to teach our kids to be responsible for their mess and themselves to some point.
I currently don’t have a live-in helper – our house is small enough to manage it on our own, so we choose to manage work, 2 kids and our home as a family.
I have part-time help to clean the house once or twice a week … but the rest is up to us as a family to keep our home clean and tidy.
Even though I can never make it as fun and magical as Mary Poppins … but making sure that they understand why it’s important to help out and reward them somehow is a fist step.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR YOUR CHILDREN TO HELP IN THE HOUSE:
1- RESPONSIBILITY: Be responsible for your actions and your mess. This will not only place the roots of long-term self-responsibility but also plays a big factor in giving them a strong sense of self-reliance.
2- APPRECIATION: You never know what and how much something takes until you try it yourself. Getting them to do a task themselves let’s them better understand and appreciate the effort.
3- TEACHES EQUALITY OF GENDERS: Boy or Girl, a mess is a mess! How can we as mothers and women raising the next generation not begin with teaching equality of men and women at home! How many of our husbands do not help around the house? That’s the way they were taught… time for change… boy or girl, son or daughter we ALL work together.
4-BRINGS YOUR FAMILY TOGETHER – When giving your kids a few jobs around the house, and have them working together, they feel that are contributing and working as a team. GET SUPER DAD TO JOIN IN!
5- TEACHES GOOD MANNERS and HYGIENE – after getting them to pick up the toys that they have left on the floor, or the shoes they just threw in the middle of the room, or putting their clothes away after changing, or making sure the tissue they used actually makes the garbage bin …. these examples make sure that they understand good manners, respect and personal hygiene – that will not only apply when they are home, but everywhere …
IMPORTANT NOTE : NEVER LINK HELPING IN THE HOUSE AS A PUNISHMENT IF THEY DO SOMETHING BAD. Make it FUN if you can!
WHAT AGE APPROPRIATE CHORES CAN THEY DO – AND WHEN TO START?
Check the below visual to give you an idea! The earlier the better moms! AND IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO START!
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