Do you find your kids running away like wild geese at the sheer mention of chores?
If YES, then this article is the answer to your call for help.
Young kids prefer to be a little wild and free. However, it is a must that we inculcate a sense of shared responsibility in them.
Here are a few ways to teach your kids to take up more responsibility at home:
- Assign small chores and provide rewards for completing them. You should assign tasks based on the kid’s age that they can do independently and take complete ownership of the tasks. For younger kids, tasks like cleaning up after they are done playing with their toys, assisting in folding laundry, helping in putting away the groceries, and making their bed in the morning can go a long way in teaching them self-responsibility.
- Set up a reward system for good behaviour. Positive reinforcement refers to the introduction of a desirable or pleasant stimulus after a behaviour. The desirable stimulus reinforces the behaviour, making it more likely that the behaviour will reoccur. In simpler terms, it means rewarding good behaviour to increase the chances of the same good behaviour happening again and again.
- Make a chart or calendar to track progress. Tracking is a must when it comes to kids and accountability. A chore chart or an app like Good Good Piggy helps parents assign tasks or chores in the form of missions and enables the kids to earn rewards upon completion.
- Lead by example: Kids learn a lot from their parents and are always observing the adults around them. Refrain from complaining about how endless the workload seems to be or procrastinate whenever possible.
- Have them help with meal preparation and clean up: Involving kids in meal preparation will help them appreciate the meal and the effort put into it. This might especially help with picky eaters and cleaning up can be a small family activity during the day.
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