Children and an Organized Home

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Why and how should children be involved in the running and maintaining of the home?

Knowing the difference between what we need and want and to make sure we can remain organized is a skill learnt over a long period of time. Children need practice in developing a skill as well as a role model in doing so. Being organized and responsible for what you have around you will equip children with skills to manage their surroundings and take responsibility for their actions in their growing phases and as an adult one day. Being responsible for something and taking part in chores that allow the family to function well together also develops a sense of achievement in a child.

Once you have established what is an age appropriate chore to take part in and to learn it is important to model this behavior to your children. Invite them to join you in the chore and gently show where to start, what to do and to follow through to the end. Set simple boundaries and rules. Systems need to be easy to follow, maintain and suit your child’s individual personality while at the same time ensuring that the family functions as a successful unit. Discussing the importance of functioning as a family unit each with its own role, which should not affect the other, is an important conversation to have.

Divide chores into categories: those that each individual child is responsible for, chores that the family take part in together, and finally responsibility for their own goods. For example, a younger child can help an older child unpack the dishwasher or you can place a few dishes in a bowl on the floor for a young child to wash while the older children unpack the dishes in turns. If you have pets, allocate a pet to a certain child to feed and swop roles after a week. When cleaning the home the whole family cleans the same room at the same time but each with their own job. Someone can clean the windows, another can vacuum and the next person can wipe down the counters. Give the youngest child a damp cloth to help work along side someone or to vacuum at will to keep them busy while the older family members complete what needs to be done in the room. The children should take responsibility for their own personal goods. For example they must pack away their own toys (with help is fine), clothes picked up off the floor and take their own dishes to the kitchen. Older children can make sure that their clothes and school cases are packed out and ready for the next day.

Ensuring that the home runs well by showing and allowing all family members, including children, to take part in the chores and responsibilities of a home within reason and in a step wise manner, age appropriately. This will reduce the workload for all and decrease the amount of work required in the home for all members.

Last modified on Thursday, 13 July 2017 08:57