Parents who wish to raise helpful individuals should pay attention to tasks. Teaching a kid one chore at a time will help build a sense of responsibility they will maintain for the rest of their lives. With that in mind, making a child do something is no easy task. Hopefully, with the following ideas, any parent will pick fun things their kids would love to do.
A Chore Doesn’t Have to Be Dull
First things first. Before checking out what chores we have in mind, we should explain some things. First and foremost, don’t expect the kid to do the task flawlessly. It won’t happen. If you don’t show that you’re pleased with the work they’ve done, your kid will lose the motivation to continue. Once they’ve lost it, making them do any chore might turn into something both sides will hate. So, try to be happy with the work, even if it’s not what you expected.
Another thing to take into account is the kid’s age. Younger children won’t be able to achieve complex tasks. There are many lists of chores set by age. However, what a child can accomplish at a certain age is not universal. In other words, while one kid can manage to put clothes in the washing machine at three years old, another may not. Without further ado, let’s dive into the complex world of tasks and pick a suitable chore for your kid.
Chores for Special Occasions
The following tasks are ideal for when you expect guests. Give little ones time and independence to achieve each chore.
- Set the table (including tableware)
- Create flower arrangements (can be replaced with twig arrangements or other things your kid loves to play with)
- Help in the preparation of cheese or cracker platters
- Fold napkins
- Help with meal preparation (for older kids)
Make the Not-So-Fun Chores More Entertaining
These activities are by no means inherently fun. So, your kid will either love or hate to do them, depending on their personality. Don’t stress children by making them do things they hate. Instead, try and make the following tasks seem more fun, and always take your time to appreciate the help the kid has given.
- Load the dishwasher
- Dry wash dishes (older children may wash dishes as well)
- Sponge clean the sink
- Sort the trash for recycling and take out the garbage
- Tidy the playroom by putting toys in their place
Try Some Fun Chores
Each chore in this category involves having fun. These activities are ideal for younger children, as doing something they love will help them learn that tasks can be exciting. Do your best to engage the kid’s abilities and interests.
- Weed the garden or help plant new flower beds
- Anything with water, from watering plants to washing fruits and veggies
- Sort silverware
- Pair clean socks
- Mash potatoes or use other tools to help with meal preparation