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Household chores: good for children, good for your family

Children can learn a lot from doing household chores.

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Doing chores helps children learn about what they need to bởi to care for themselves, a home and a family. Theylearn skills they can use in their adult lives, lượt thích preparing meals, cleaning, organising và keeping a garden.

Being involved in chores also gives childrenexperience of relationship skills like communicating clearly, negotiating, cooperating and working as a team.

When children contribute to lớn family life, ithelps them feel competent and responsible. Even if they don’t enjoy the chore, when they keep going they get the feeling of satisfaction that comes with finishing a task.

And sharing housework can alsohelp families work better & reduce family stress. When children help out, chores get done sooner, và parents have less khổng lồ do. This frees up time for the family to vì chưng fun things together.

How khổng lồ get children involved in chores

It’s best to start by choosing chores that work for children’s ages and abilities. Chores that are too hard can be frustrating – or even dangerous – và chores that are too easy might be boring.

Even young children can help with chores if you choose activities that are right for their age. You can start with simple jobs lượt thích packing up toys. Chores like this send the message that your child’s contribution is important.

It’s also important khổng lồ think aboutchores or tasks that get your child involved in caring for the family as a whole. A simple one is getting your child khổng lồ help with setting or clearing the table. Jobs like these are likely to lớn give your child a sense of responsibility and participation.

If your child is old enough, you canhave a family discussion about chores. This can reinforce the idea that the whole family contributes khổng lồ how the household runs. Children over six years old can help decide which chores they’d prefer.

You canmotivate your child lớn get involved in chores by:

doing the chore together until your child can vị it on their ownbeing clear about each person’s chores for the day or week – write them down so they’re easy khổng lồ remembertalking about why it’s great that a particular job has been doneshowing an interest in how your child has done the job

Plenty of encouragement keeps children interested in helping. You can boost your child’s chances of success by explaining the job và telling your child they’re doing well. This way, your child will feel rewarded.

Pocket money for children’s chores

Some children are motivated to vị chores for pocket money. But some families believe all family members have a responsibility to help và don’t give out pocket money for chores.

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If you decide lớn pay pocket money for chores, explain chores clearly so there’s no confusion or bargaining about what needs to be done & when.

Some families don’t liên kết chores to lớn pocket money, but might pay extra pocket money for extra chores.

Chores for children of different ages

Here are some ideas for chores for children of different ages.

Toddlers (2-3 years)

Pick up toys và books.Put clothes on clothes hooks.Set placemats on the dinner table.

Preschoolers (4-5 years)

Set the table for meals.Help with preparing meals, under supervision.Help put clean clothes into piles for each family member, ready lớn fold.Help with grocery shopping and putting away groceries.

School-age children (6-11 years)

Water the garden & indoor plants.Feed pets.Help with hanging out clothes and folding washing.Take out rubbish.Help with choosing meals và shopping.Help with meal preparation and serving, under supervision.Vacuum or sweep floors.Clean the bathroom sink, wipe down kitchen benches, or mop floors.Put away crockery and cutlery.

Teenagers (12-18 years)Teenagers can vì chưng the chores they did when they were younger, but they can be responsible for doing them on their own.

Teenagers can also take on more difficult chores. For example, teenagers could vì chưng the washing, clean the bathroom & toilet, prepare meals, stack the dishwasher or mow lawns.

When choosing chores for teenagers, think of the skills you’d lượt thích them lớn learn.

You can keep children motivated by letting them change jobs from time khổng lồ time. This is also a way of rotating chores fairly among family members.

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Raising Children is supported by the Australian Government. Member organisations are the Parenting Research Centre & the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute with The Royal Children’s Hospital Centre for Community Child Health.