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Get Your Child Up & About - 8 Household Chores You Can Do Together!

Neha Gupta Mittal
7 to 11 years

Created by Neha Gupta Mittal
Updated on Jan 13, 2018

Get Your Child Up About 8 Household Chores You Can Do Together

Do you find yourself cleaning up after your child every time? The trail of dirty clothes or the dirty plates on the table just lying there for ages unless you pick them up? It's time to sensitize your kids to the fact that household chores are meant to be shared. She might take longer to complete the tasks, and you will need to pitch in, but what matters is the effort. The feeling of pulling it off together happily, and grooming her by way of a realistic and practical way of living is worth it.

 

8 Household Chores You Can Involve Children

When there's a house, there are chores. And everyone in the family has an equal responsibility towards them. This includes your child, too, when she's old enough to take them on. Here are some chores you can involve your child in.

  1. Dining table help: Eating together is fun. Involve your child in preps, such as.
    1. Setting the table: Laying the mats, placing the salt and pepper, bringing the food out
    2. Clearing up:Removing the used dishes and plates, and cleaning the table when you are winding up the kitchen keeps them involved in the important ritual of meal time!
    3. Simple meal preparation: If your child is old enough, you can ask her to put together a salad (that may or may not need cutting, slicing depending on your child's age) or make some spicy chaas. There is absolutely nothing as gratifying as preparing a meal
  2. Put the right things in right place: Never being able to find something you're looking for, is quite common. Teach your child that things go back where they belong, once they've been used.
    1. Small things like their school stuff, newspapers, keys, bottles, and trash should be placed in their designated spaces
    2. Things that are not too heavy or with no pointed edges can easily be managed. This lets them participate in another important task – cleaning and clearing up
  3. Laundry help: Laundry is another area where the work seems never ending. Get your child involved by.
    1. Loading the washing machine with the unwashed clothes(the right side up)
    2. Folding small clothes, reusing the clothes that have been used for just a while
    3. Arranging washed, folded clothes in the cupboard
  4. Grocery or household essentials shopping:This makes the children aware of what goes into running a house. If they are a part of the household essentials shopping, they won't undermine the importance of what a homemaker does. Involving them in billing and procuring makes them responsible for money matters and also helps them learn how to follow lists
  5. Guest Etiquette: When a family member comes home or a guest arrives, teach your child to proactively and spontaneously get up and serve water or juice. While there are visitors, taking your child's help in serving and clearing will not make you look a harsh parent, but as a role model
  6. Care for personal belongings: This will take up a lot of your child's time, and save you the energy and frustration.
    1. Your child's belongings, like sports material, bags, stationery, accessories, and books should be handled completely by her
    2. You should ideally help in sorting or placing the less utilized stuff on higher shelves, but that's it!
  7. Help with younger siblings: Roping your elder child into the younger sibling's upbringing is the best way to teach her sharing and caring.
    1. It discourages fights and the constant need to keep a watch on the children while they are playing
    2. Here one needs to be careful that the child's academics and personal interests are not getting jeopardized; otherwise, it is tantamount to one child's nurturing at the cost of the other child's growth which is not ideal

 

Make sure your child grows up knowing the importance of taking responsibility at home. While we all need an extra helping hand with our own work from time to time, your child will also learn that chores are not just about “helping” but they're everyone's responsibilities. Whatever chores you give your daughter, make sure you allocate equally to your son. Your little boy will grow up into a sensitive, empathetic young man.

How do you keep your child busy at home? Tell us in the comments below!

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| Jan 22, 2018

Nice

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| Jan 17, 2018

great piece of article..

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| Jan 16, 2018

veey useful information thanks

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| Dec 25, 2017

very helpful article thankyou

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| Nov 11, 2017

brilliant piece of work with amazing handy tips.. my elder one does help me in most of the chores such as making grocery lists, keeping plates in sink, organizing things,teaching lil one etc on weekends but on regular days she feels too tired which is quite acceptable. while my lil one just doesn't believe in the idea of clearing up toys once done and would again seek her sister's help .hope they would come around soon and would take up responsibility . thanks for sharing!!

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| Nov 10, 2017

gud information

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| Sep 08, 2017

Can you please mention some ideas that my daughter never ever greet people anywhere,how do i encourage to greet anyone?

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| Sep 08, 2017

thx for sharing such valuable information

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| Jul 03, 2017

Nice Article. In my view, we can try to engage kids with all our tasks that we do for us and home. Like Gardening, any Pooja arrangements, Packing their snacks for school, keeping the folded clothes in place, arranging their books etc.

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| Jun 22, 2017

ì

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| Jun 22, 2017

thanks

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