Having our kids help out and become responsible for their part in household chores can be more difficult than it should be. Many parents realize too late that their children are used to spending their time at home either playing, resting, or doing their homework, leaving the rest of the chores to their parents. However, if we want to make sure we teach our kids to be responsible for the cleanliness of the house, we need to motivate them to get involved in household chores. This way, they will learn that it takes teamwork to keep a shared space clean and organized since a young age.
One of the most important aspects we should keep in mind is that household chores are everyone’s responsibility. Working as a team, children and parents alike will help our kids understand that they are not being punished or that we are being too hard on them. Showing our kids how to keep a room clean and teaching them how to properly use a broom, a mop, or a vacuum cleaner will help them do it right next time they try in on their own. Besides, try to make it a time to have fun by playing some of their favorite tunes and taking the time to goof around a bit, even.
Another tip we should keep in mind when assigning house chores to our kids is that we need to keep it interesting. If our kids have just one task assigned and they need to take care of it every week, it will turn into a boring routine, and our children will hate even thinking about it. Instead, keep things interesting and switch the chores a bit. This way, there will be a bit of curiosity and excitement when seeing who will be in charge of the easiest and hardest tasks we have for them.
For some kids, understanding the bigger picture isn’t as easy as we might think, so we need to take the time to explain that keeping a home clean and well run is everybody’s job. Help them understand that they have a bigger purpose and that the whole family comprises a great team, with everyone helping each other, and with everyone contributing on what they can. This way, they will feel motivated to contribute just as everyone else does, and a sense of satisfaction and achievement will become enough for them to keep helping as often as they can.
Lastly, we need to allow our kids some level of autonomy when it comes to household chores in order to help them feel that they are valued members of the family. Just as they share the responsibility of keeping the house clean, they get to share their feelings and opinions on these matters, too. We need to be aware of the way we tell our kids which chores to take on, trying to avoid using controlling language. Instead of telling them what they have to do, let them know their help is required and will be really appreciated. This way, they will understand they are active members of the family, and that they are being into account, too.