Children love to help out! They love to feel included in our daily lives and feel like they are contributing to "adult activities".
Engaging your child in a chore helps them develop practical life skills. It goes without saying, that these chores should always be supervised by an adult.
Some things to keep in mind as you engage your child into these chores - don't force the child; look for child sized items such as brooms; keep the movements and their pace slow; let go of perfection and make it fun!
Here is a list of age appropriate chores for children (click on infographic for full size).
Let's face it - being a parent is a tough job. Your children rely on you for guidance and motivation through various tasks. However, sometimes they don't seem to want to do their tasks - whether school or pretend play - so we've compiled a list of ways you can motivate your child to learn.
1. Homework Rewards:
Homework is something most parents struggle with, often resulting to the ‘bribing’ technique. ‘Finish your homework and I will allow TV time,’ or ‘Study for half an hour and you can have that bag of chips’ are dialogues most parents are familiar with. While it sure sounds tempting, it is definitely not a good idea in the long run. Studies have shown that kids tend to lose interest in the things they do if they are not getting ‘rewarded’ for it. This can even happen with things they love, if they get used to getting a reward at the end of it.
Quick Tip: Make sure you offer rewards for doing good work, but it's not a direct result of homework.
2. Talk It Out
Communication is key for adults and children. One of the best ways to motivate your child is to sit down and have a good talk. Children are curious, and love to explore new things and ideas. Take a walk, sit for an evening snack and have a small chat. Remember to keep the conversation age-appropriate and engaging.
Quick Tip: Ask questions - why, why not, why don't you?
3. Set Goals
This is crucial for adults and children. As your child starts growing, you will need to start teaching them the importance of setting goals. Goals keep both adults and children motivated. Show them experts in their interests and expose them to various levels of their tasks so that they can strive to achieve.
Quick Tip: Get your child to create a list of her short term and long term goals in a scrapbook.
However big or small task, celebrate your child.The idea is to appreciate the progress and make it a point to celebrate the minor and major achievements - whether receiving a B instead of C, or an A instead of B. This will make your child want to strive for more.
Quick Tip: Keep the actual rewards, like buying a special toy, for a bigger achievement.
5. Be Enthusiastic
There's a reason your children love bringing you their crafts to hang on your fridge! They love showing you what they can accomplish so being excited for them goes a long way. We all get busy but showing support and enthusiasm for your child is important.
Quick Tip: Try and accompany your child to their hobby class.
Bonus: Be Inspiring
You are your child's role model, especially during developing years. Make sure you practice the ideal behavior and are someone your child can turn to for inspiration.
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