As a parent, we wear so many different hats. One day, you’re a teacher, the next day, you may be a seamstress…Seriously, each and every day that you wake up, you have no idea the skillsets that you’re going to be using. Exciting? Yes. Exhausting? Of course. The one constant that never seems to change on a daily basis around the home? The need for the house to be picked up and cleaned.
When you really stop and think about it, the amount of clutter and dirt that can form inside the four wall of your home is truly remarkable. It’s possible to feel like you clean up SOMETHING each and every day, but nothing actually appears to look any different. It’s like one of those unexplained mysteries of the world…The good news? Your kids are more than able to start helping out around the house! No matter their age, there is always some sort of chore that they can be a huge help with!
Simple Ways to Have your Kids Help Around the Home
Expecting your kids to pick up a broom and suddenly start helping around the home probably isn’t very likely. It isn’t that they don’t want to, it’s just the fact that they aren’t really used to thinking that way. If you need help, just ask. Don’t try to reinvent the wheel and over complicate the process. 9 times out of 10, your children will be more than happy to help out around the house if they are given a starting point of where to begin!
Set up a chore chart
Chore charts can be a great way to have your children help around the house! It’s tempting to have each child do the same chore over and over, but in all reality, that’s not helping them to develop any other life skills that they’ll need to learn to use throughout their life. A chore chart is an amazing visual tool that allows your child to see what they are expected to complete. You can customize it to look any way that you’d like it to, and have the days of the week with chore options listed as well. Sweeping, vacuuming, dusting and picking up toys are all simple and helpful ideas to get your chore chart started.
Reward them for their hard work
While some parents are against rewarding their child for helping out around the home, offering an incentive to them every so often isn’t necessarily a bad idea. To help put it in perspective, think about how you feel motivated. It’s a nice feeling to know that while your daily chores are something that you are “required” to do, every once in a while you’ll receive some type of reward for doing a great job. Not only will it teach your children the value of hard work, but it also helps to show them that continued effort can reap great rewards.
The next time that you take a look around your house and start to feel frustrated by the messy chaos, take a deep breath and pause. No one in your family expects you to run the household and maintain it entirely on your own! Keep in mind that if you don’t (politely) ask for help, your family members may not think, or realize that you need it. Have a simple conversation with your children about their new roles in helping to keep the house clean and maintained. The sooner that you can sit down and have a conversation with them, the sooner that they’ll be on board to help out dear old Mom!
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