You can give your child something meaningful—a family chore!
The “I’m bored” whining will stop. Your child will feel she’s a needed family member. She’ll learn new skills and feel more capable—at home and school.
To achieve these results:
- Teach how to do a job before handing it over to your child.
- Don’t expect perfection. Never redo your child’s work.
- Do chores together. Don’t expect your child to work alone.
- Have fun. Play music. Sing songs together. Beat the clock. Take turns.
- Praise your child’s contributions to the family.
- Point out a chore’s natural rewards. If a child finds a coin while vacuuming, she gets to keep it. If she makes cookies, she gets to eat some of them.
- Don’t nag your child about chores. Help her make a chart where she can see what’s expected of her each day.
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