In the past, children had to do their chores. Their work was the only way a family could survive.
Today’s kids need chores for other reasons. They learn responsibility. They feel a part of the family. They learn to take pride in what they do.
Here are some tips on ways you can use chores to teach responsibility:
- Let your child have some choices. Allow your child to choose whether to walk the dog, fold the clothes or empty the dishwasher.
- Offer choices about when chores are done. “Would you like to walk the dog before or after your snack?”
- Do not do anything for your child that she can do for herself.
- Make sure your child picks up after herself. Once she’s had a snack, teach her to rinse her plate and put it away.
- Praise your child for effort. Say, “Good job!” (Not “Good girl!”)
- Break large tasks into small ones. This is a skill to teach your child for homework as well as chores.
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