Thursday, June 4, 2009

Getting your Kids to help



For those of you with older kids, I thought this would be of value. Check out this piece from one of my now fave blogs V and Company.

Enjoy the article here.

To add a few tips of our own:

1. Make it Fun: Your Kids are more likely to help with chores if it somehow does not seem like a chore. My mom succeeded with that by having us do mini competitions to see who could clean up their clothes the fastest, rake the leaves etc.

2. Offer an Incentive: Technically the same as making it fun. But they do say reward sweetens labour.  I remember how we would aim to complete a task in as short a time as possible or as best as possible if the end result was a sweet treat, extended play time, tv time etc

3. Do it together: Yes we did say, getting your kids to HELP. I know we are often busy doing other chores but kids (especially the younger ones) are likely to 'want to help' mommy or daddy vs having a chore dumped on them :-) What works for my toddler for example if I say, Please pass mommy the clothespins while I hang the clothes or you remove these items from the bag and I'll put them in place. It honestly helps.

4. Reward them with Play: Yup the family that plays together stays together alright.  So why share only chores? Remember to let your hair down and have some fun with your kids their way.

Cheers
Shan

2 comments:

V and Co. said...

hey thanks for the shout out! ;)

Jamaican mommy said...

You're welcome...Your Blog had pretty useful content :-)

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