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The benefits of involving children in household chores are very large in shaping their character. Even so, not all types of household chores can be given to the Little One, yes, Bun, but must be adjusted to their age and ability
Perhaps there are still many parents who do not allow their children to participate in household chores, such as sweeping or tidying the room, for various reasons. For example, the fear of disturbing the child's playing time or the fear that the child's work is not good so it needs to be reworked.
In fact, involving children in household chores is also part of the learning and playing process. From this activity, children can explore many things as well as practice skills and instill life values in themselves.
Benefits of Involving Children in Homework
The following are the benefits that children get when they are involved in household chores:
1. Practice a sense of responsibility
Responsibility in children is important to be trained as early as possible. One way is to involve him in homework assignments.
By giving homework, your little one will get used to doing tasks that he can do on his own without relying on others. This will also foster a sense of responsibility in him, because he is asked to participate in doing various tasks at home.
2. Cultivating self-confidence
Giving homework can help children to know the potential that is in them. Completing a task well can also make him feel satisfied and proud and comfortable with himself. As a result, the child's self-confidence can increase.
3. Improve communication skills
Giving homework can be one way to train children's communication. Communication is not just talking, but the ability to convey, process, and receive messages appropriately.
Children who have good communication skills will be able to socialize and work as a team. In addition, he also tends to be able to absorb the subject matter at school better so he can get high grades.
4. Strengthen the relationship between parents and children
Homework assisted by children can ease the work of parents. This can allow parents and children to have more time to do fun things together. That way, the relationship between parents and children can be even closer.
In addition, involving children in household matters is also known to relieve parental stress.
5. Train children to be more independent
Children who are often involved in household chores, such as mopping, washing dishes, cooking, or cleaning their own room, can grow up to be independent. Thus, he will be able to live a more productive life.
Not only that, when you get used to helping with housework, your little one can also be a partner that Mom and Dad can rely on at home.
6. Cultivating empathy
Creating empathy in children can be done in simple ways, such as giving them the opportunity to participate in household chores. Children who have a sense of empathy will be able to understand and respect others, place themselves, and process their emotions well.
Domestic Tasks that Children Can Do
The tasks given to your little one can start with the easy ones first. Make sure the task is not burdensome and is appropriate for his age and ability.
The following is a list of household tasks that children can do according to their age:
Age 2−3 years
- Take and tidy up toys or books
- Put on your own clothes
- Sort spoons and forks when cleaning cutlery
Age 4−5 years
- Put dirty clothes in the basket
- Arrange flowers in a vase
- Put the school bag or shoes back in their place
Age 6−11 years
- Making his own bed
- Cleaning the dining table after eating together
- Feeding and drinking pets
- Putting clean clothes in the wardrobe
- Help with serving food
- Cleaning the surface of objects
- Sweeping the floor
- Watering the plants
- Throwing trash
Age 12 and over
- Washing the dishes
- Cleaning the bathroom
- Take care of sister
Seeing the many benefits of involving children in household chores, it's a shame if Mom and Dad miss it. However, once again, make sure to give your little one tasks according to his abilities and always supervise, okay.
Besides, it is important for Mom and Dad to give praise or an occasional gift, if your little one can complete their task well, so that they will be more eager to help.
If Mom and Dad are still confused about the type of household chores that are suitable for your little one or want to ask about your child's he alth, don't hesitate to consult a psychologist or doctor.