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5 Chores That Your Child Can (and Should) Do

Every child grows up at a different pace. The benefits of engaging your child into household chores are numerous. Inculcating within them a feeling that they are a significant part of the family results in understanding of major life skills, their responsibilities and most importantly, they begin to specialize in the tasks. Chores show kids that a family is built on obligations and how family members should help each other. Here’s a list of five chores that every child can (and should) do all by themselves:

1. GETTING READY BY THEMSELVES

Your child should be able to put on their own clothes properly and make their own bed with all the things kept in the respective drawers. As a parent, one should resolve not to whip up a messy bed until they have left. This is a chance to see if they have actually given a thought about your early morning lectures.

2. BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN LAUNDRY

I am not talking about washing or ironing it yet, but every child should be able to put their clothes in a designated basket and put the folded clothes away. Being responsible of collection of their clothes that they once gave to the drycleaner is something that every mother expects his/her child to do.

3. BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN MESSES

Whether it’s playing with toys, video games or a PS4, their job is to make sure that they should be able to put away when they are done using it. Despite what children think, putting away does not necessarily mean stuffing it in-an-already-stuffed cupboard.

4. MEAL PREPARATIONS

Be it breakfast, lunch or dinner, children of all ages should be able to do basic meal preparations while their mothers are busy running errands. If not, least they should do is to help arrange food and drinks on the table, stir something or help put spices in.

You can help her by bringing in fruits and vegetables from the grocery store. Or everything aside, various applications today are designed in such a way that you can instruct them to do these jobs for you.

5. HELPING AFTER MEALS

Talking about etiquettes, all kids should take their own plates to the sink, dumping the leftovers in the trash and help clean over. They can wipe off the table and as they grow old, they can help clean the dishes. Parents should keep telling them that they are doing well which in turn will encourage them and they’ll feel rewarded.

However, it is better to not lure them by the means of pocket money increment for doing chores than contribute to the household, instead tell them that helping out with the errands is a good job and their contribution is highly respected. Most of all, APPRECIATION IS THE KEY!

Reader, former blog writer at Maybelline India and current marketing intern at Russsh Corporate Services, the #1 delivery service in Mumbai. Caught the writing bug somewhere between the historic streets of Mumbai and exploring the very basis of surreal space we reside in.

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