How to help your child grow responsible

July 16, 2019
House chores

CHILDREN nowadays spend too much time with their gadgets playing games or browsing social media sites. Helping their parents do some household chores are no longer their thing.

Here’s what parents should tell their children: doing chores is a strong predictor of a child’s future success. According to Harvard Medical study, doing household chores helps children feel capable and this is a strong predictor of a child’s future success.

The trick to getting kids to do chores is not to force them, but to make work fun.

Rewarding your children to do the task may help but this should not be done regularly as they may perceive the reward as their “payment”.

Here are some general guidelines for kids’ chores according to their age. Parents should also adjust the tasks according to your own child’s capabilities and the needs of your family.

* For age 2-3. Pick up toys, throw away trash, dust, put clothes in the hamper, wipe baseboards and clean out the car.

* For age 4-6. All previous chores, clean their room, make their bed, set table, clean up their dishes, wipe tables, feed and water pets, put laundry away, help put groceries away, empty small trashbins and water plants or flowers.

* For age 7-10. All previous chores, fold laundry, put laundry away, meal prep, wipe down bathroom, toilets, vacuuming, sweeping, take out trash, pull weeds, walk dog, clean up after dog, load dishwasher and empty dishwasher.

* For age 11-15. All previous chores, mopping, prepare a full meal, tend to garden, snow removal, help with siblings, babysit, and their own laundry

* For age 16 and up. All previous chores, help with errands, help transport siblings, and all lawn care.