Tips in teaching kids house chores

One of the major responsibilities of parenthood is to raise children to become responsible, mature and well-rounded adult. Engaging children to do house chores at an early age can have a positive effect later in their lives. When we involve our kids in house work, we teach them a sense of responsibility, self-reliance, values, empathy, competence, independence and self-worth.

Housework is an inescapable part of life. Start to teach them house tasks at an early age while they are interested and eager to help.  But of course, we have to assign them age-appropriate chores. It is just practical to prepare them to manage and maintain a home while they are young.

Owen, my nephew willingly cleaned the bathroom with the supervision of his mom, my cousin Pam David-Peute. It took long but he got the job done. Good job Owen!

There would be times when it is difficult to get kids cooperate especially when they are glued on their computers or handheld gadgets. Be more patient, slowly they will learn how to contribute to upkeep the family home.  Set house rules and a schedule for their task. If you have 3 or more children, making a chart of their daily duties can help you save time from frequently reminding them of their routine. 

Do not expect chores to be done perfectly at once. When introducing a task, demonstrate the skills you want your children to learn and supervise them until they do it right. Kids doing their fair share to maintain the house clean gives you help around the house.

Why children should learn household responsibilities while they are young? - Because, it will continue to play a significant role throughout their lives. 

It is also important for them to have regular chores to do then gradually increase their responsibilities as they grow. Here are suggested age-appropriate chores.

  • For Preschoolers, you can start teaching them simple chores that involve picking up after themselves such as picking up and put away their toys each day after they play, make their own bed in the morning and put their dishes away after a meal.
  • For school-age children, you can start teaching them how to organize things, putting their shoes on the shoe rack and backpacks on its proper places when they get home from school. You can also give more chores like setting the table, sweeping the floor, taking out the trash at night, help to take care for a pet and dusting furniture during weekends.
  • Teenagers should learn how to cook, mop the floor, wash the dishes, do the laundry, clean the bathroom and more.

Though it is necessary for our children to learn home chores, it would be good to implement a reward system for completing chores once in a while. These incentives will keep them motivated.

Lovingly written by Joy


Mei said...

When we were kids, my mama let us help her in household chores in a way that we don't feel we are obliged to do it. We just think we're playing around haha


jo-anne said...

I start teaching my kids simple house chores at around 3 years of age. They start with chores like picking/packing up their toys after playtime and putting their dirty clothes at the laundry basket.

Dhemz Apdian - Dias said...

I completely agree..teach them while they're young! you have a very responsible nephew.

Alex iq said...

I dont have kids yet. But will surely try this as I got one soon.. ehhe your nephew looks cute doing his stuff there. I think, he enjoys it..

Dhadha G. said...

I always reward my lil kiddo after completing a simple chore. Mas ginaganahan sya. Hihi. :)

Jessica Cassidy said...

My son likes to clean up but the little sister who is opposite to her big brother :-) Teach them while they are young so they can be responsible person when they grow up :-) Owen is such a big helper :-) Good job baby :-)

Jheylo said...

Indeed! Kids must learn at an early age. It's for their own benefits too, it will be easier for them to work when their older because they know how chores are done.

April M. said...

My babies does little housework too. They help clean windows and pick up toys and laundry.:)

Pam said...

This is Owen's mom Pam. Thank you for commending my son Owen. He actually does enjoy it. His dad & I are organized and very neat. I think Owen has picked up on that. Phew- thank goodness!

Pam said...

Thank you for commending my son Owen. He is a big helper. I homeschool him and this is part of his lesson. Cleaning and being neat.

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