Parenting is not always easy, to teach a child discipline and responsibility may be a hard thing for somebody that is not prepared to. You do not need to be an expert psychologist, but you do need to have some basics behaviors of how children behave and under that concept, common cleaning task at home can boost this good attitude in your child while giving the little one a sense of discipline and responsibility. Let’s see how you can construct a good relationship with your kids based on those values above by doing home tasks together.
What should I do with my children at home?
You can rest easy, none of these tasks means a significant effort or exposure to danger. We will not ask your kids to pitch the lawn or help with the garage work. They are much simpler tasks that will teach them the benefits of working and being responsible, let’s begin:
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To sweep like a Rockstar
It can be sweep or cleaning with a vacuum cleaner as long as the device would be safe and easy to use for your child. The point here is to put music out of loud, music that you and your child enjoy starting the absorption or collection of dust in a fun way. You will teach your child that sweeping is one of the most basic tasks at home. It will help all the family to prevent diseases associated with breathing and the lungs. Depending on the child’s age, you can say to him or her that the sweep or the vacuum cleaner it’s some magical artifact that would eliminate dangerous bacteria and virus. He or she is a warrior that must protect the family and the objects from them. The music can help to use other technique like sweeping while they are dancing or singing because who do not enjoy music?
That simple cleaning task can be repeated each two days or whenever you consider it appropriate according to your house needs. You can teach your children how this simple technique develops discipline and how that training will impact all their future lives, it would also show them humbleness as no matter how you are, you are responsible for staying in a clean place.
Mopping is that activity that complements the sweeping. It can be enjoyed in that same way. Here you would need to teach your little one how to correctly use the mop, washing it with soap and water, using it in the dirty surfaces and repeating the process over and over again until the floor and the objects around the house are totally cleaned. You can tell your child he or she is a king or queen and that no loyal member allows to live in a dirty or not a well-maintained house, even though this king or queen is humble and responsible enough to know that he or she can do that task for her or himself.
To take out the trash
Let’s take all the waste and the harmful from the house! It is maybe the simple task yet one of the less assigned to kids. Maybe because it can be disgusting and filthy and you may not want to get your children involved into this; however, make it simple: teach your children how to make a good trash separation into organic, food wrappers and recyclable material like glass, plastic, paper, and cans. Keep a fixed and organized place where all the waste goes on, show your beloved one how important is to do it right and how important is to take out the trash on time so no diseases or bad smells can spread in the house. Make an analogy on how your children should do the same with his or her negative thoughts, make things interesting, be creative!
Help mom or dad in their things, cooking or building things!
What a best task could be performed at home that shares time with your children while giving them the sensation they’re helping on the task you are executing. For example, the little one can be your assistant at the kitchen and be a little chef. They can pass you the ingredients, helping to wash some dishes or having ready the dinner table at the required time; you do not need to give them a knife or something dangerous just simple task: wash the vegetables, mixing the ingredients and so on.
A different thing can be to try here too. What about building something with dad or not necessarily building but fixing? You can teach your little one how things work and how are they made, she or he can pass you some materials, as long as they are not harmful. She or he can help you clean, get ready the surface, put the lights on and whatever other little things. He or she may appreciate because you consider her or him a valuable help at home.
It’s all about reward and recognition
You can use all the tricks previously mentioned to get your children to help you with the regular everyday tasks at home but always remember to give the little one some recognition for the work. It is not about giving something material every time he or she do something right but to show some real appreciation. Reminding the child how important and crucial is its help for you, something so obvious but we do often forget. And of course, love them and do not punish if there’s something wrong, just teach them the right way.