Many times, we assume that only older children and adults are capable of handling duties and responsibilities. Smaller children may and should, however, be given certain age-appropriate responsibilities in order to give them a sense of direction and to build in them a feeling of discipline that will continue to grow as they become older.
Jim Fay, a parenting specialist, believes that everyone, even children, wants to feel wanted and that they are making a contribution. But if they don’t do household duties and provide for the family, they can’t feel that way, claims Fay. If you’re unsure of how to get your children to participate and how to make room for duties for them, read on. Before we go on to the obligations, consider these useful hints.
- Start right now. They will get more used to the regularity of it all the earlier you begin going.
- Keep in mind to compliment them profusely for their efforts.
- Be dependable.
- REFUSE to demand perfection.
- Create a graph.
These nine tasks are suitable for children of different ages.
1. Caring for pets.
If you have pets, this is a wonderful chance to instill responsibility in your kids. Of course, based on their age, you may need to assist. They may help by doing things like feeding the animal, providing water, and dumping puppy or cat litter.
2. Helping prepare meals.
Invite your child to assist you in preparing a dinner. Pull them up a stool or chair if they are too short to reach the counter. Allow them to combine or pour in ingredients as they go. Explain each step and its purpose, even if you believe they are too young to grasp what you are saying. Eventually, they will understand what you are saying, which will be beneficial to them later.
3. Organizing (with help.)
Get them assistance while you are sorting their clothing or toys. Make it simple by placing boxes with the words keep, discard, and donate on them so that you can hand objects and specify where they should go. You’ll be astonished at how much they appreciate it if you turn it into a game.