One of my goals this summer is to teach Little Man to help with chores. He is 6 and will be 7 in April. I would love for him to learn he needs to puts his folded clothes away and make his own bed. This is one of our goals!
If you want your children to become competent, responsible, independent adults, it starts while they are still under your care at home. Teach them good habits early on and you will sow the seeds of their future.
Working together are a family, keeping household chores done up and sharing the work, also shows them everyone has an important role to play in a family unit. Handing out chores fairly, without gender-based biases can teach them a lot about attitudes toward others as well.
As with most life lessons, the key to success is to get them started early when they still want to be mommy's helper. Then keep them excited about the idea of helping by making it fun so that chores don't have to be a chore.
Ages 2-3 -- At this age kids love to do whatever you are doing and will work along side you if you give them a task.They can dust with a sock on their hand, help sort dirty laundry by colors or clean laundry by owner, pick up toys and books and even help with wiping (without using chemicals, of course). Make it fun by making up silly songs about what you are doing, hiding treats or stickers to find while dusting. If you have more than one helper, make it a race to see who can do their task the fastest.
By this time, they will have included the idea of doing chores around the house into their everyday routine. As they move into teenage years, they may grumble, or not, but skills they will need to build on as adults are in place. And you will have set an example for them when they have a household and children of their own.
About the Author:
Jennifer Kirkpatrick is a mother of two, serial entrepreneur and blogger. Check out Jennifer's personalized children's clothing line Define*Me Clothing or her baby gifts boutique Pipsqueak Boutique for great kids items. When she's not busy filling orders, Jennifer blogs about the crazy journey that is parenthood at Parents Only Zone.