September 22, 2022

Parents’ corner: how to manage household chores

With many parents coming home from work tired and so stressed after a full day of trying to provide for their families, they definitely need help around the house, especially when there are no housekeepers.

Household chores are work done around the house. This includes basic cleaning, organizing and setting things up.

It is simply everything that is done to keep the house tidy, safe and clean. Thus, each member of the family has their own specific household chores; father, mother and even children.

As parents, sharing household chores will not only help relieve some stress, but it will also help give your children free time to do fun activities.

Household chores for young children include washing the dishes, clearing the dining table after meals, hanging out and folding clothes, watering the garden, tidying up the shelves, helping in the kitchen, etc.

Chores for tweens and teens include washing clothes, cooking, helping younger kids with homework, etc.

Although some children need to be reminded of their household chores, others prefer to help with these chores.

Some will cry to do it while others will love it and still want to help. It all depends on how it was presented to them and how you bring it to them.

They can learn a lot by helping with household chores. This builds their level of responsibility and prepares them in advance for adult life.

Also, household chores should never be gender-based, that is, do not differentiate between male and female chores.

Household chores like cooking should be for men and women, unlike the old days. They should consider them essential survival skills needed for the future.

Here are ways to incorporate household chores into children’s activities:

  1. Do it together in an animated way: Link it to something they remember; be it a song or a commercial advertisement. Imagine cleaning the kitchen sink with dish soap while singing the nice dish soap commercial on TV. It makes the whole process interesting and exciting. It’s always a way to bond with them. Dance around the kitchen, also play games, mark time; these are all old memories. They will never want it to end.
  2. They need to know that this is a way to help: Knowing perfectly well that children never forget what they were taught growing up, it is a good way to teach them household chores. Show them that they relieve you of a lot of stress and it’s a way to show your love.
  3. Appreciate them for trying and a job well done: It doesn’t matter if they are light, small or incomplete, appreciate them and compliment them. You can do this by saying words like “you just relieved me of a lot of stress, thank you sweetie for that, I’ll buy you a sundae for that, etc.” This will encourage them to do more.
  4. Give them simple tasks: Giving them the appropriate chores for their age group will bring better results. Toddlers should have tasks such as putting away and picking up toys, eight to ten year olds should have tasks such as folding clothes, sweeping the house, doing the dishes, helping their youngest out, while teenagers should have tasks such as cooking, cleaning and washing.
  5. Pay them: It is also a way to reward and encourage them. It’s also a way to teach them how to make money.

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