Children should be involved in the housework. While toddlers can not really help but still want to be involved, elementary school children are already capable of providing small help if they are instructed in detail. It should take no more than ten minutes for the child to accomplish the achievement. Even the schoolchild can pass another mishap, which you should treat indulgently.
Primary school children and household
Primary school children need more detailed guidance They can easily take on simple household tasks if they fit within a timeframe of about ten minutes. Lead your child well and in detail, because it then likes to do the job. So it is brought to the chores and on top of that can be arranged success experiences, which are useful if they stay out of school.
Therefore, praise everything that has been done well and combine this praise with a special "treasure hunt" award, which is nothing but tidying up. However, a tidy up under special conditions that are fun. Plan this once a month and take enough time for it, because the joint playful cleanup must be carried out without any hassle, so that the child can develop pleasure under your guidance.
Get your kids spoiled with a treasure hunt
To do this you take all the subjects in the nursery one after the other, get everything out and let the child calmly find new treasures out of the confusion and play with them for a moment. Then put the blocks and so on together – always alternating – back into the boxes. Count how many stones there are, it always spurs on.
Have the child read aloud the titles of the games or books. So it remembers what it might play soon. Challenge your child's inspiration by telling yourself where to put the boxes or things. So, under your guidance, your schoolchild brings things back into an order that it has helped to determine.
It will take a long time, but the children do not feel that way, because they are only on a treasure hunt. The only thing you have to spend is an afternoon of time. That's why your child will soon want to "clean up with you" again. To combine the incentive to do housework with the incentive to clean up.
Children in the household: cleaning up without help
If you only ask your schoolchild to clean up the room without the aforementioned help, it will start to hate this work because it usually can not cope with it. You may still try to make an ultimatum of the following kind: "Until the day after tomorrow the room is tidy up, otherwise everything that lies down will be thrown away"! Your schoolchild will still not have cleaned up, at best, just a little while before try to make some order, make some sort of outward concealment of the disorder.
But it will never learn how to clean up if you do not take action. Rascals or radical measures do nothing. In fact, if you always wanted to throw things away, the nursery would gradually be emptied or you would try to subjugate the allegedly discarded things later. Your child will notice it, which will invalidate your threat next time. So you will be unsuccessful.
A child first needs systematic guidance from you for a long time before being able to do it successfully. Help him, preferably in the manner described above, so that clean up is turned into fun instead of becoming a hated work.
Children in the household: Sometimes you as parents have the same cleansing antipathy and the same inaccuracy behind them
Then you first have to educate yourself retrospectively to be able to order your child order. Otherwise you make yourself unbelievable to your child, who knows very well whether you can solve this task yourself or fail. Always remember: your child is your most alert critic. And from the beginning take this criticism and your child seriously, like an adult person.
In further articles to the series the housework with schoolchildren and young people is described.
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