🍎 Kindness Calendar Suggestion for December 2 -- "Help a Family Member."

🍎 Today's suggestion is to "Help a family member."

🍎 One way to "Help a family member" is to have the family participate in Family Chores.

🍎 You can motivate your children to get involved in chores by doing the chore together until your children can do them on their own.

🍎 Some Key points for Family Chore participation are these:

  • Household chores help children learn important skills and feel good about contributing to family life.

  • Choose household chores that suit children’s ages and abilities.

  • You can motivate children to do chores by praising and encouraging their efforts.

  • Young children can do chores like tidying up toys. Older children can help with setting the table, cleaning, cooking and so on.

🍎 Here are some ideas for chores for children of different ages.

Toddlers (2-3 years)

  • Pick up toys and books.

  • Put clothes on clothes hooks.

  • Set placemats on the dinner table.

Preschoolers (4-5 years)

  • Set the table for meals.

  • Help with preparing meals, under supervision.

  • Help put clean clothes into piles for each family member, ready to fold.

  • Help with grocery shopping and putting away groceries.

School-age children (6-11 years)

  • Water the garden and indoor plants.

  • Feed pets.

  • Help with hanging out clothes and folding washing.

  • Take out rubbish.

  • Help with choosing meals and shopping.

  • Help with meal preparation and serving, under supervision.

  • Vacuum or sweep floors.

  • Clean the bathroom sink, wipe down kitchen benches, or mop floors.

  • Put away crockery and cutlery.

Teenagers (12-18 years) Teenagers can do the chores they did when they were younger, but they can be responsible for doing them on their own.

Teenagers can also take on more difficult chores. For example, teenagers could do the washing, clean the bathroom and toilet, prepare meals, stack the dishwasher or mow lawns.

When choosing chores for teenagers, think of the skills you’d like them to learn.

For additional information, click the link to read the entire article, "Household Chores for Children."


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