How To Get Kids Help Around The House


By: ABDULMALIK ADETOLA

Are you wondering why it is easy for parents whose kids help carry out various tasks at home? Why are they less stressed and how do they do this effectively? Kids can occasionally be naughty and a lot of parents sometimes find it hard to get their kids to do chores at home. This article, will give you some techniques that you can use to encourage your kids to offer a helping hand at home.

A young child doing laundry

#1. Teach them how to do stuff at home

Getting kids to help at home isn't always about shouting or giving commands which at the end of the day proves to be futile. Being a good example to your kids is the first prerequisite to making them help in chores around the house.

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As parents, you must be good examples to your children by showing them how chores are done around the house. For example, let them watch how you do the dishes, cook, mop, set the table, etcetera. This "how to do it" technique is very important and it will make your kids not only happy to help you out but they will also perform the tasks effectively.

Don't be too hard on your kids for not finishing a task or for not undertaking the task perfectly. If your youngsters inform you that a mission is too hard or that they want help, provide your assistance. Instead of forcing them to do it on their own, lend a hand to exhibit that you're in this together

#2. Division of labor

Distributing tasks according to your kid's age and interest is a preliminary to getting kids to work around the house. Most parents make the mistake of burdening their kids with too much tasks. Getting your children to work in the house gets much easier if they understand why they are doing it. Parents should make sure the chores are divided between the kids.

The tasks shouldn't be too strenuous and it must be within what the kids can handle. You might want to enhance this sense of community and purpose by letting your little ones know that if they help with chores, they’re creating more time for you as parents to play and interact with them.

#3. Parents should desist from criticizing their kids

Criticism often affects the psychological drive behind the moral behavior of kids. If you criticize your kids often, they tend to get tired easily and this might make them lose interest in helping you out as a parent. Instead, focus on ways that will help the team in getting the job done. And if you notice fatigue or imperfection whilst they're doing the job, correct and encourage them. It works wonders.

Young boy helping during meal preparation

#4. Stop instructing your kids to help out only as a form of punishment

Many parents call their kids to duty only when they do something wrong. The concept of making kids work only when you want to punish them will create a psychological predisposition that they should only be responsible when they do something wrong.

As parents, teach your kids to help out from when they're are young. Also let them be accustomed to doing tasks as a form of responsibility or duty and not as a way of punishing them. By doing this, they won't see any big deal in helping you out whether they are being punished or not.

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#5. Praise them

The last but not least technique to be highlighted here is the culture of "accolades". Most parents don't thank or praise their kids whenever they're helping them out. Praising your kids for helping out even when they don't do it perfectly gives them the feeling of importance and entitlement. 

With the tips above you can be assured that tackling chores at home will not be the same again. You will all have fun and share special family moments while performing the usual day to day tasks.