These steps can help make your child’s chores productive:
- Ask your child what chores he would like to do. If he has trouble answering, help him choose simple jobs that don’t take too long. A three-year-old might help pick up toys. Or a five-year-old might help set the table.
- Divide big jobs into small parts. Instead of saying “Clean your room,” say “Put your books on the shelf,” then “Put your toys in the toy chest.”
- Make chores fun. Play some upbeat music or talk about interesting subjects while you and your child work. You can also play games, such as guessing how long it will take to complete a chore. Time yourself and see how quickly you can finish.
- Don’t redo your child’s work. Instead, show him how to improve it. Say “Great job setting the table. How about putting these napkins out, too?”
- Praise your child’s efforts. It feels good to be recognized for a job well done.
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