Chores for Children

27 01 2014

Happy New Year!!

This month’s post is a timely one, courtesy of Group Publishing, Real Family. Real Jesus. Real Simple newsletter.   I hope you will find this post helpful in your family.

Make one of your New Year’s resolutions starting a regular chore routine for your children. You’ll provide a valuable gift. Chores teach children responsibility, develop much-needed life skills, and instill a sense of belonging and self-worth.  Most child-development experts agree that children shouldn’t be paid for household chores, which are part of contributing to family life. Here are some tips for a positive chore experience at your house:

  • Give kids ownership. Have a family meeting and enlist the help of your children in selecting the chores they want to do. Also have them participate in selecting the consequences for chores not performed in a timely manner. Let kids know expectations ahead of time.
  • Use “shaping” to teach tasks. First, let children watch you perform a chore as you talk through it step by step. The next time, let children perform one part of the chore. Each time, give kids a little more responsibility until they’re ready to tackle the chore alone.
  • Use language cues to spur self-reflection and responsible behavior. Say, “I see books on the floor” rather than giving a direct command. That helps kids make decisions and reduces any defiance.
  • Offer encouragement. Always thank children for their contributions and offer genuine praise for their efforts. Instead of saying, “Your room looks good,” say, “Thank you for working so hard to put your clothes and toys in their proper place.” Don’t expect perfection.

chore chart pet 1

Use the power of prayer and Scripture to strengthen your family.  Ask God:

1. To give your children a good attitude about doing chores

2. To help your children feel like contributing members of a close family

3. To develop in your children a heart for service at home and elsewhere.

 

Select chores specifically geared to your child’s age, ability, and personality. Here are some examples of age-appropriate tasks:

Ages 3 to 5: Work alongside children to help them perform simple chores such as putting away toys, putting dirty clothes in the hamper, sorting laundry into color-coded piles, making their beds, and feeding pets.

kid sweeps

Ages 6 to 8: Children can dust and vacuum, put away their clothes, empty wastebaskets, set and clear the table, care for pets, and help with some yardwork.

housework

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ages 9 to 12: Kids can unpack groceries, load and unload the dishwasher, mop the floor, fold laundry, wash the car, and help prepare simple meal

It's fun nowSerenity Heist with mother Michelle doing chores.

 

 

“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were

working for the Lord rather than for people.” — Colossians 3:23

Chores may not always be pleasant or exciting. But by doing them faithfully, children learn how to serve and how to perform all types of tasks with a joyful attitude.