|The Benefits Of Giving
Kids Household Chores
by SARA AHMAD
Discover why helping with household chores is good for your grade-schooler
While it can often be easier to just do the household chores yourself – especially when it takes five times as long to explain to your 5-year-old what needs to get done and then supervise her while she does it – the fact is that helping out with everyday tasks is important for your child's development. There are many advantages to giving kids chores to do around the house.
Why Giving Kids Chores Can Be Good for Them
The small tasks your 5-year-old can do around the house may not seem like much, but they can teach your child valuable lessons that will last into his preteen years and beyond. By the time your grade-schooler is 9 or 10-years-old, he can make significant contributions to household tasks. Some examples of the ways chores can benefit kids:
1. It can build his self-esteem. Getting a chore done and doing it well can give your child a major sense of accomplishment.
2. It can teach the importance of completing an assigned job. This will become more useful as your child gets older and has more responsibilities at school and at home.
3. It can emphasise the value of keeping things clean and organised.
4. Giving kids chores can set a pattern of helping around the house. Once you get your child into the household chore habit, it'll become a part of his life that will continue into his teen years and beyond.
5. By assigning chores to kids you can give him a sense of being part of the household team.
Some parents may assign kids specific tasks, such as sorting recyclables or sweeping floors. Others may have children help out with whatever needs to be done. As a general rule, younger grade-schoolers need more supervision while older kids can handle multiple household tasks on their own. Whatever kids' chores you decide to assign to your grade-schooler, try to tailor it to her abilities and what she wants to do. Here's a list of some age-appropriate chores for kids.
Some Chores A 5 To 7-Year-Old Can Do:
· Sweep floors
· Make their own bed
· Clean their own room
· Hang up their own towel
· Feed pets
· Set the table
· Help clear the dishes after a meal
Some Chores An 8 To 10-Year-Old Can Do:
· Load the dishwasher
· Put away groceries
· Make their own breakfast, lunch and snack
· Help make dinner
Also try to include your children in bigger tasks, like shopping for groceries. This can be an excellent opportunity to teach them about making healthy food choices. They can help you pick out fresh fruits and vegetables and decide what to make for meals. It can also be a great way to teach about household budgets.
Other Tips To Keep In Mind
Kids want to help. Take advantage of this natural desire and encourage her excitement about doing kid chores. If she says she's bored, it may be because young children often have a short attention span. She could also be having trouble doing the chore as well as she wants to. Ask her if she'd like to do the chore with you or let her switch off to something else. Get her input on what chores she'd like to try. If it's something too difficult or dangerous for her age, come up with an alternative. She can't chop vegetables, but she can tear lettuce for a salad, for instance. Make chores fun for kids. When she is busy with you in cleaning house, play her favourite music to get her motivated. Give her lots of praise. At first, your grade-schooler will probably make a mess or not do it right. But rest assured – she'll get better with time and practice.
As with so many things in parenting, you'll get what you put in. By taking the time to help your young child get into the habit of helping out around the house, you'll set a pattern that will benefit you both as she grows up.
Encourage Your Child's Artistic Pursuits
Artistic pursuits are often neglected in our school system and our children hardly get a chance to enhance their creative skills. It puts a lot of responsibility on parents to encourage their child's artistic pursuits. A child can express his feelings with different art activities such as painting, sketching, drawing and singing. Nurture your child's artistic skills with these tips:
1. Make art opportunities available to your child. There is definitely a time and place for art classes. Let your child choose from dance and music and art classes for afterschool activities and summer school.
2. Never force your kids to stick with an art form that they don't like. Yes, you may see that your child is brilliant in his music classes but if he doesn't love it and he really wants to take dance lessons then you should let that happen. He may return to music eventually but as long as he's got an outlet that satisfies him, you're doing your job as a good parent.
3. Encourage the enjoyment of artsy technology. Let your kids play with the old digital camera, teach them how to do some basic design stuff on the computer and let them know that art and technology can be combined in a fun way.
4. Take your kids to art events. Make that a regular part of your life and both of you will find yourselves being more creative!
5. Ask your child questions. Ask her what she thinks about life. When she asks you why the sky is blue, ask her what she thinks first. This gives kids the chance to use their imaginations.
7. Create a space in your home for art. It can be a room or a corner of a room but make it a place that is always meant for play. It's where you keep crayons and fabrics and things that are great for make-believe. Let your kids help design it and figure out what to include there.
8. Tell stories. Most kids enjoy hearing their parents tell stories. Don't just read them books but tell stories off of the top of your head so that your kids will learn that they can do this too.