Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Chores and allowance

Chores and allowance
Giving children chores can only benefit them in the future and take some of the load off the parents. As a parent you will help create a child into a self-reliant and responsible as they grow into young adults. It is best to start children off with chores when they are young.  When they are younger they are more eager to please and be mommy or daddy’s little helper.  Giving them the responsibility of cleaning up their own toys is a great start for a toddler.
As a parent it can feel as a bother to have children in an area as we work such as cooking or doing laundry, but if we incorporate the child in what we are doing not only will you be spending quality time you but also you will be teaching your child responsibility. For example when you are cooking you can ask your 4 year old to help you gather your ingredients from the pantry or refrigerator as well as helping you put them back when you are done. New research shows it can be as simple as having them set the table, help with the laundry, pick up their toys and take out the garbage. Giving kids chores can give a child a sense of being part of the household "team."

Parents are just instituting responsibilities; they may want to pick out age-appropriate tasks for each child. Toddlers help out around the house with simple tasks, like putting away their shoes and toys. Also, 2- or 3-year-olds can be messengers, helping one parent bring something to the other parent in another room. You want to make sure you start assigning chores and responsibilities early on, or else you'll be met with resistance. Children can start to contribute more by helping their parents and older siblings with bigger tasks like picking up around the house. Children in elementary school (ages 7, 8, 9 and 10) are old enough to help care for their younger siblings with adult supervision. As the child gets older the chores become or complex such as helping with laundry, preparing dinner or doing dishes and yard work. Always try to highlight the benifits in helping out around the house rather than forcing them to help. It'll create a positive outlook on chores for them. 
Giving kids chores can build self-esteem. Giving kids chores can teach the importance of completing an assigned job. Giving kids chores can emphasize the value of keeping things clean and organized. Giving kids chores can set a pattern of helping around the house. Once you get your child into the household chore habit, it’ll become a part of their life that will continue into the teen years and beyond.

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