Keeping the house in good, clean condition takes time and effort with a family. Staying on top of the chores provides an orderly and functional home. Having everyone help out can get chores completed in less time and take the strain off. Getting the children involved with the housekeeping gives them a sense of responsibility as well as teaching them life skills.
Here are some tips on how to include your children in housekeeping:
• Chore chart
Sitting down as a family to create a chore chart can ensure that everyone is included with the housekeeping. The chores can be discussed and the chart can be compiled together to keep everyone happy. A chore chart is beneficial, as it allows everyone to know what they are responsible for, and this also saves time when the chores are carried out. The chart can be updated and changed from time to time to give each person a different task to allow the children to help with different chores.
• How to make cleaning fun
Make housekeeping fun to get everyone involved and to get the task completed sooner. Put some upbeat music on, fling open the windows and get the cleaning started. Clean to the beat of the music and enjoy the tackling the tasks. The more fun it is, the more likely children are to participate and put effort in. The right vibe can make the chores seem a breeze.
• Delegate tasks
Another way to get children involved with the housekeeping is to delegate age-appropriate tasks. This is a good way to include them to give them the opportunity to help out. Tasks can be tackled together to make light work and model how to make the home clean and orderly. In time, the children will be capable of carrying out household tasks on their own, and their confidence and self-esteem will be boosted from completing the tasks and being trusted to help out.
• Give extra responsibilities
As the children become more capable and as they develop, give them extra responsibilities. This is a good way to teach them how to handle a bigger workload. Delegating extra chores gives them another confidence boost, and they will feel trusted and capable. It is good to stretch and expand on a child’s skills to give them the tools that they need for later life. In time they can be proud homeowners that have pride in their home and belongings.
• Praise and appreciation
It is important to praise and show appreciation for their efforts. The task may not be perfect on completion; however, the effort has been given. Appreciation goes a long way, and is a great way to encourage children. Give plenty of praise, and never complain or take over. This only takes away from their confidence and makes them believe that they are not good enough for the job. Instead give guidance.
Getting the children involved with the housekeeping gives them a sense of responsibility, as they learn life skills. In addition, getting everyone involved with the cleaning cuts the workload and saves time for the finer things in life. Teaching children how to take care of the home fosters a caring nature and instills good habits. Including children in the housekeeping can make light work whilst teaching them about pride and organization.