If you’re a parent, you’re no doubt keen to be a good role model and set the right example for your kids to follow. Children love to mimic the adults around them, so it’s important that you encourage them to form good habits via your own behaviour. Encouraging your kids to develop basic home management skills when they are young will help them to look after their own homes when they’re older.
Getting your kids involved in the housework by helping with things like laundry, washing dishes, making their bed and tidying their toys away in their storage cupboards is a great place to start. Completing small tasks like these will help kids appreciate the work that goes into keeping their home clean, and encourage them to respect your belongings.
When you’re assigning chores to children, make sure you choose ones that are appropriate for their age. Turn on some music, or turn cleaning into a game to keep kids interested and make the whole experience more fun.
Great home management habits to teach your kids
Let’s take a look at some key home management habits that you can teach your children which will help prepare them for independence, while also making your job of running the home easier.
Making the bed
Encourage your kids to get into the habit of making their bed when they get up. Even small children can have a go at doing this. As well as keeping their room neat, it will help them to start their day on the right foot. Many experts believe that making your bed as soon as you get up will lead to your day being more productive. It’s worth a try!
Washing up after meals
Taking the time to clean up after meals is an important habit to teach your kids. Helping with the washing up can show children the value of tidying up after a task is complete. Try setting a washing up and drying rota for your family to follow, to ensure everyone takes their turn.
Putting away toys
Explain to your your kids that when they play with their toys, they must help tidy them away again once they’ve finished. Instilling this habit in your children from a young age will encourage them to take responsibility for their actions. As they get older, this habit will help them to keep things like schoolwork and clothes more organised.
Emptying the bins
Dealing with the household rubbish isn’t the best job for young kids, but for teenage children it should certainly be encouraged. While it’s not the most glamorous chore, it can help to build a “can-do” attitude in your kids and ensure that they can roll up their sleeves and get the work done.
Lots of teenagers head off to university or into their first home without being able to do a load of laundry. Knowing how to wash your clothes is an essential life skill, and something you should make sure your children learn before they leave home. Get them to help you put on loads of laundry, hang it out to dry, sort, fold and put it away. As well as teaching them an important skill, you’ll be helping them to understand the value of teamwork. Laundry can be a big job in a busy family home, so having more hands on deck will also make things easier for the grown-ups.
Empowering children with essential home management skills
Encouraging your children to share basic household chores will help to ensure that they have the skills they need as they get older. By setting the right example for your children, you can help them to form the good habits that they will one day rely on to run their own home. And you’ll hopefully be able to take some of the pressure off yourself when it comes to home management too!
What’s your top tip for encouraging children to help with chores around the home?