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6 EASY WAYS TO GET SMALL CHILDREN TO HELP AROUND THE HOUSE – & WHY YOU SHOULD!

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6 easy ways to get small children to help around the house - and why you should

 

4. MAKE IT INTO A GAME!

Chores don’t have to be boring.

Just as when I am by myself doing chores I put music on loud and dance around (don’t tell anyone!), you can make it fun for kids as well.

Why not create some form of competition like a race against each other, or time them to see if they can do it faster than the last time – or even make it more interesting by dividing into categories i.e. when tidying up – what about finding all the dolls first, then the bricks etc….

You could also tap into something your child shows a genuine interest in as well. For example, if they love baking then why not get them involved in helping make the evening meal. This will be much easier to get them to try if they aren’t sure about helping – it won’t feel like a chore at all!

 

5. MAKE IT EASY FOR THEM

  • Use storage that’s accessible for them to be able to put their own things away – not too heavy or too high up
  • Use hooks that are their level for their coats so they can get them and put them back just like you do
  • Use different colours for each child in the house – they can then easily see what’s theirs and tidy it up. For example, have a coloured storage basket/bin in the hallway to put things that need to be tidied away by each child, have towels and toothbrushes in their colour so that they know what they need to tidy away.
  • Use smaller/more appropriate cleaning items that they can handle easier (a handheld hoover is great for quick cleaning jobs for you, but can also be used by the kids more easily than the large main hoover, use a damp clean old sock on their hands for polishing rather than allowing them a duster and polish (don’t want them to end up spraying it into their faces by accident).
  • Create a cleaning caddy specifically for them so that they can be like you – with simple (and safe) items in it ready to go.

Children will give up if things are too difficult, and you will tire of having to help them every time they have to do something – so give them the ability to be more independent and you will both be happier!.

 

6. REWARD CHORES DONE

Just as I promote rewarding yourself when you’ve achieved a task, I also think a reward chart for little ones is a great way of getting them motivated.

It’s also a great way to show them without having to tell them what their jobs are, as you can draw a picture of each task that they have to do – so they can see what needs to be done at a glance and start to become more proactive as they get older.

You can add all sorts of tasks to it, including things like good listening, eating their food, making their bed, tidying their room etc…. and give them a star for everything they do.

See how may stars they can get each day. I find that a weekly roundup to see how they’ve done, followed by a treat of some kind is enough to keep them going! – and it doesn’t have to be a big treat at all:-

  • Some time with you reading their favourite book
  • A trip to the park
  • A film
  • Some sweets / Chocolate / Ice cream

My daughter has grown up with me doing tasks each day – sometimes bigger jobs and sometime just a few quick daily chores. She knows they have to be done and that getting them out of the way each morning is the preference and then we have all of the rest of the day to do what we want with.

Knowing this means she is usually happy to help around the house, at least for a while (!), as she knows that it means we will be done more quickly and then we can do fun stuff afterwards!

 

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7. DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE END RESULT – IT’S TAKING PART THAT COUNTS…

We do sometimes expect too much from little ones, and it’s important to remember how little they are sometimes. I fall foul of this a lot as my daughter is quite an old soul really, and tends to act a lot more grown up than her years.

The key is to accept that they are trying to help, and willing to help – and encourage them slowly.

They will be put off for a long time (maybe always) if you are always telling them how to do something, or telling them that they haven’t done it right all the time, but they will be encouraged to do more and more if they are praised for their efforts.

 

8. INCREASE RESPONSIBILITY AS THEY GET OLDER

It can also be a reward to give different chores to children as they get older – more responsible chores as well such as helping with shopping lists, looking after the smaller children etc….

Look at what your child is capable of, and keep increasing the difficulty for them – kids like nothing more than a challenge that they can accomplish so why not stretch them – saves boredom setting in!

If you have more than one child then it’s a great way to get them even more motivated to help, as they can see that they get different and probably in their eyes, better jobs as they get older.

 

Get children to help around the house easily with these tips and tricks. Get kids to help with the housework starting from today. Overall, kids want to learn, and want to copy their parents – so why not let them do this with chores in the house?

They’re learning a skill that will serve them well for a lifetime, learning to take care of their things, and take pride in their home – and will be having fun with it along the way.

Make it fun, stretch them depending on their abilities and interests, and reward attempts and good work, and they will flourish.

What do your children do to help around the house? Leave your comments below – I’d love to know, and thanks in advance x

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2 Responses to 6 EASY WAYS TO GET SMALL CHILDREN TO HELP AROUND THE HOUSE – & WHY YOU SHOULD!

  1. Rebecca Mar 6, 2017 at 10:02 pm #

    Totally agree! My nearly 3 year old does lots of jobs. He loads the tumble dryer & turns it on, helps clean windows, dusts, tidies toys away etc. He loves helping Mummy & has his own set of cleaning implements to copy what I’m doing. It’s important for him to know that doing things around the house is an every day thing.

    • Chrissy Halton Mar 9, 2017 at 12:13 pm #

      Sounds fantastic Rebecca! – Good work in getting your son all ready for looking after himself and realising what needs to be done to keep a home – he’ll grow and thank you! x

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