Tips for tackling tasks in the Weekly Household Planner:
We all need a break and we all want some help! So, if you are not delegating tasks to others in your home, why not? Everyone makes the mess so everyone can have a hand in cleaning things up – that’s what I always say!
When our kids reach school age, we often expect them to help out around the house. Ideally they will have already been doing some small chores for a while, learning from mom, dad and other kids in the house. Starting chores young makes it much easier to get them to do more substantial housework as they become capable and learn to be responsible and gain essential life skills.
Finding tasks that your child enjoys and can do easily is a perfect match. It makes things much easier for everyone and even encourages cooperation. Here are some good choices for young school aged kids:
Setting and clearing the table
Kids are often eager to help at mealtime. Setting the table is a simple but important task that they can perform. You can make it easier by using placemats that have outlines of where the plate and utensils go. You might also want to consider getting plastic plates and cups to help avoid breakage. After the family eats, your child can help clear the table.
Folding and putting away the laundry
The laundry can be quite a chore. Enlisting the help of the kids to get it folded and put away can be a huge help to a busy mom. It’s usually unrealistic to expect a young school aged child to fold an entire load of laundry on her own, but she could fold her own clothes and put them up. She may not fold them as well as you or put them exactly where they belong, but there’s no need to make a big issue out of it. The important thing is that she is trying.
This is a very simple task that kids usually enjoy. Give your child a duster or a sock to wear on her hand and let her have a blast. If you’re worried about breakable items, move them all to a safe place before she begins. My little one loves using the feather duster. It may not get done exactly as I would like, but it puts the check in the box.
Help with the dishes
The dishes may go more slowly when you have a child helping, but things will get better once they’ve helped a few times and gotten the hang of it. If you have a dishwasher, your school aged child can help with the loading and unloading. If you wash by hand, she could rinse and dry the dishes. Storing them in low cabinets will allow your child to put them up herself as well.
Kids usually prefer playing with their furry friends to assisting in their care, but having your child help with pet care is a great way to build her sense of responsibility. You could start small, having your child give the pet food and water. Once that is mastered, she could clean cages or litter boxes, and perhaps help with grooming if the pet gentle and even-tempered enough.
School aged children can help around the house in many ways. Your child may be able to take on more complex tasks, or she may need some coaching on the simpler ones. Either way, making housework a part of your child’s routine will make your life easier in the long run.
What tasks do your kids help with?