How to Assign Household Chores: Parenting Tips?

Updated at: Feb 06, 2013
How to Assign Household Chores: Parenting Tips?
Dr Poonam Sachdev
Tips for ParentWritten by: Dr Poonam SachdevPublished at: Feb 06, 2013

It is important to teach your kids to help at home, as this will stand to them when they eventually move out. It will also make your work easier and more organized. Read on to know some ways in which you can get you children to help at home.

  • Decide upon the chores they should do; these chores should be age appropriate. Small children can help to pick up toys after playing, set or clear the table. Older children can be asked to make their beds, clean their rooms, dust and vacuum the house, feed the pets and throw out the garbage.
  • Encourage your child to help at home as this gives them a feeling that work is part of their daily routine.
  • Teach your child to do his own homework, this makes him independent.
  • Make age appropriate rules if they do not finish their assigned work; for small children, do not let them play outside, while for older children, you can withhold a trip to the mall, a movie or pocket money.
  • Don’t allow doing the chores at home to feel like a punishment; make a roster regarding who is doing what. This allows them to feel mature and responsible.

Many times you may feel that it is easier to simply do the chore yourself. By involving your child to help at home you teach them responsibility, competence, and self-sufficiency.




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