Children usually start to imitate the behavior of adults when they are around two years old. For example, if you do housework, they also like to lend a helping hand. At this stage, letting children learn to do housework is an excellent time to guide children to use their brains. This has the potential to play a multiplier effect on children’s enlightenment education.
I. Parents Should Pay Attention to These Points When Guiding Children to Do Housework:
Children of all ages have different recognition levels of motor skills and physical patience. Parents’ requirements for children’s housework should be based on their children’s abilities, so as to avoid children’s resistance and fear due to setbacks.
Do housework with your child. When the child needs increasingly more help, be patient, and teach the child how to correct the method and demonstrate the correct technique.
Be more tolerant and blame less. When instructing children, we must have a gentle tone, be patient, have actionable steps, and teach children to learn through play.
Parents should maintain a positive attitude towards housework and don’t let children think that housework is an annoying chore from the words and deeds of their parents. The husband and wife should properly arrange the division of housework, and not let the children produce the misconception that doing housework is gender specific.
When satisfying children’s curiosity and learning motivation safety issues cannot be ignored. When taking dangerous objects, parents should help children take them. Older children can be taught the correct usage and actions to ensure safety.
No matter how your child is doing don’t forget to give praise and encouragement. Let your child know that you have seen every little thing they have done. Because they are young and have limited ability and patience they are naturally not as proficient as an adult.
II. List of Household Chores That Can Be Accomplished by Children
2-3 years old: Throw out garbage and sort out toys.
3-4 years old: Brushing teeth, watering flowers, feeding pets.
4-5 years old: Make the bed and set the tableware.
5-6 years old: Wipe the table and clean up the room.
6-7 years old: Wash dishes and clean the room independently.
7-12 years old: Cook simple meals, clean the bathroom, and use the washing machine.
Over 13 years old: Change light bulbs, clean glass, clean refrigerator, stove and oven, cook, and mow grass.
III. Does Your Child Need to Be Given Money as a Reward for Doing Housework?
Many children may get a certain amount of pocket money as remuneration from their parents after doing housework. Many people question this situation. In these people’s eyes, once the relationship between doing housework and making money is linked, the child will lose creativity and become less passionate in life in the future. In fact, such children do not lack imagination and passion. Many children get paid from their parents after doing housework but they tend to be very active when they grow up without losing their imagination and passion. Many of these children are very sensible and are often very active in life.
On the contrary, if parents can use the above process with their children to do housework, it will increase the interaction with their children, and strengthen the parent-child relationship. For example, they can play some Chinese learning games with their children during housework (refer to the previous article: The Top Must Try Homeschooling Activities to Involve Your Children in Chinese Language Learning)
There are many ways to educate children. Although it is just menial housework it can make children become independent and more responsible over time.