After becoming more consistent with assigning chores to my children, it’s apparent that their hearts need a little coaching. If only it was as simple as giving them chores and having them joyfully undertake them.
I have one daughter that loves helping with chores and has a natural desire to be a homemaker. And then I have another that drags her feet behind her. My son is too young to do much but a little of his own tidying. I think we’ll get there soon! In the meantime, here are some tips that might help both your reluctant starter and your enthusiastic helper:
- Give them lots of encouragement;
- Celebrate the chores they are getting done;
- Do it with them to start with;
- Be cheerful yourself;
- Set an example on how to do it, but don’t expect perfection from them;
- Teach them to be team players – do some chores together like make beds and washing and drying the dishes;
- Have a routine so they know the expectations;
- Be consistent: have everyone do their chores at the same time each day (ideal time is after breakfast and before school-time).
- Make it fun. Girls could put little aprons on. Give them bright cloths and feather dusters. Laugh together and enjoy the bustle of activity.
- If they don’t like doing something, let them express it, but teach them to do so in a way that isn’t complaining or disrespectful.
Feel free to share your tips!