One of the best ways to teach your child responsibility is to require their participation in household chores. Having these responsibilities enables children to complete tasks and fulfill obligations with ease in all areas of their lives. Here are a few tips for teaching your child responsibility with chores:
Create a chore assignment chart
Children need structure. In order to fulfill their obligations, children must know what those obligations are first. Many parents design a chore assignment chart for their child to reference, which lists the child’s daily responsibilities. Once these tasks are completed, each may be checked off the list. For families with younger children, we encourage parents to include all members of the household on the chore assignment chart! This teaches children that everyone’s participation is necessary in order to maintain the household.
Establish a routine
In order to develop a habit, consistency is necessary - especially in children. We recommend parents require that their children complete chores at the same time every day. If it becomes routine for your child to load the dishwasher every night after dinner, your child will likely begin completing the task without being asked to do so. Additionally, developing routines is a wonderful way to ensure your child is productive in all aspects of their lives.
Develop a rewards system
Instant gratification is the most impactful strategy a parent can use to encourage a child’s participation - just mentioning candy and stickers catches a child’s attention! If your child completes their assigned tasks consistently and in a timely manner, offer them something they’ll love in return. When they begin associating their responsibilities with rewards, they’ll look forward to doing chores.
At The Kangaroo Forest, our childcare professionals understand the importance of teaching children responsibility at a young age. We require our students’ active participation in classroom activities. Interested in learning more? Contact us today!