Prepare the backpack and the clothes they will take to school, cook their favorite recipe, take care of their pet, order their toys or clean their room. Housework is much more than a hassle or a daily obligation in every home. Involving children in their realization from an early age will instill in them great virtues such as respect for equality between people, responsibility and teamwork as well as a boost of self-esteem. We review some of the main benefits it brings them:
When a mother or father asks their child to help them with any task at home, they are also building their self-esteem. The child will receive this as a gesture of confidence and will feel valued by their parents, which will increase self-confidence.
Enhance the sense of organization
Carrying out small household tasks helps them to be more organized not only at home, but also in academia and, when they are older, professionally.
Helps to acquire habits
Contributing to household duties encourages the acquisition of routines, helps the little ones to organize themselves better and, by extension, makes them feel more secure. These habits can also be extended to other areas of your life: sports routines, studies, extracurricular activities … to better organize your time.
Contribute to teamwork
Distribute and carry out household chores among all family members helps the child feel part of a group and fosters their ability to work as a team sharing responsibilities.
Develop motor activities
Whether it’s making the bed, mopping, picking up toys or preparing a recipe with mom and dad, the child has the opportunity to enhance his motor development: hand-eye coordination, grip, balance, steps …
By learning to perform various tasks, children will be more aware of the time and effort involved. If a child has to vacuum or wash dishes by hand, they are likely to make the floor less dirty the next time they come home, throw away less crumbs when eating, or use fewer kitchen utensils when preparing a recipe.
Stimulates a sense of responsibility
Knowing that the good condition of the house as well as the harmony and organization of family life depend largely on it will help awaken in the child a sense of responsibility.
Learn new things
Beyond toys, games, parks, school or tablets, there are other activities and other utensils that should be learned to use because of their great utility for day to day and, above all, future life: such as the washing machine , the dishwasher, the vacuum cleaner, the microwave, the kitchen …
Receive a lot of stimuli
Learning how to do housework will enhance everything related to the senses (textures, smells, colors and shapes, sounds …) as well as linguistic stimulation through new vocabulary.
Internalizes equality and equity
Lending a hand at home from children will help them understand that everyone should collaborate and that each member of the family has a role in it, regardless of age or gender.
Exercise your ability to concentrate
Measuring the quantities of a recipe, counting the forks and plates for dinner, being careful not to spill the cat’s food or the water from the jug … will help them to be more attentive.
And what steps should we take to involve him in housework?
What steps should we take to involve you in housework?
There are several points to keep in mind:
The main one, teach you how they are made: let’s not let him get frustrated for no reason and explain, step by step, how to do everything. We are your guide.
Be patient: it is likely that they will not do it well or in the most perfect way neither the first nor the second nor the third time … Let us not compare their work with ours, little by little they will perfect the technique.
Few tasks at the beginning: Before asking him to do a new task, we must be sure that he has already learned the previous one. Do not harass her and do be very aware of her skill and pace of learning.
Use positive reinforcement: When he does something wrong, do not scold him but explain how he can do better. And above all, let us always recognize and value what you do well.
Help you remember what to do: When they are very young, establishing routine schedules ‘it’s time to pick up the toys for dinner’ or ‘let’s water the balcony plant like every afternoon’. When you already know how to read we can contribute a planning or fun design calendar, bright colors or pretty drawings, where we will add the tasks that correspond to each member of the family.
Adapt the tasks we ask to your age: Always ask him for those tasks for which we believe he is already prepared by age. Setting the bar too high can mean you lose interest in doing them and lose your confidence.
What tasks do we start with?
These are some of the most recommended tasks for children distributed by age group:
From the age of two or three, children can collect and sort toys, water the plants, pick up their clothes, throw things away, eat alone or save their stories.
With four years they can add other tasks such as setting the table, dress themselves, wash, tidy up your room or wash dishes with help and on a stool.
Six years is an ideal age to start making the bed, vacuuming, putting on and taking off the table, tidying up your study desk, and prepare your backpack for school.
At the age of 8, children are already capable of preparing breakfast, emptying the dishwasher, taking care of their pet, bathing alone, sweeping and mopping the floor and, one of the tasks they usually like the most, prepare cooking recipes with help.
A great time to take on more important responsibilities like cleaning your room, walking your pet, preparing and choosing clothes, dusting, preparing meals without help, and taking care of the taking care of a little brother.
From the age of twelve you can incorporate tasks such as hanging and ironing clothes, taking out the garbage, do the shopping or an errand, sew on a button or take care of plants or the garden.