If you remember my last entry, I was musing on the fact that children should be taught how to help out at home. In my point of view, it is never too early to teach children how to handle responsibility. More4kids, a blog on parenting, has an entry on various chores you can start your children on and I agree with almost all of them. Let’s talk about a few that I think are the most feasible and productive.
I think that at the toddler stage, it would be perfect to start teaching our kids responsibility. More4kids outlines various chores such as:
-picking up toys
-helping with the laundry
-cleaning the floor.
I personally like the first one best. Children these days have tons of playthings. Making it a point to have them clean up and put away whatever they play with is a very good start in instilling a sense of responsibility in our children. Learning at this early stage would make it easier for them to take on larger tasks as they grow older.
So when they get out of the toddler stage, what other activities can they start doing? I think that making their own beds is a must. Tidying up their own rooms should be another “have to.” Also, I think watering the plants and helping out in the garden (if you have one) should start at this age as the activity would be more suitable for older kids. Walking the dog (perhaps with an adult) is also a good way to get kids outdoors. Of course, doing the dishes and setting the table should be thrown in there as well (I know, I really don’t like these chores).
How about you? How are you teaching your children responsibility through house chores?