Below are four tips to get your preschooler fully involved in household chores.
Model The Right Attitude
“Walk the talk!” says Dr. Gustillo-De Ocampo. If you highlight the chores as fun activities that brighten the home and make others feel good, then your preschooler will learn to look at his task as a significant contribution to the home and not just a chore he is forced to complete.
Make sure everyone in the family follows a system. There should be consistency and harmony in distributing the share of household chores among family members.
Provide Age-Appropriate Chores
Give small chores at first. Allowing your child to feel “accomplished” and good at a specific task (folding table napkins or lining up the shoes on the shoe rack neatly) boosts his confidence, inspiring him to do more. (Check out our Chore Patrol chart ).
Praise a Job Well Done
Children need feedback, especially on positive behavior. Saying “Great job!” or “I’m proud of you!” motivates him to do things by himself and get involved in household chores all the time.
SOURCES:â— Bernadette Benitez, M.D., section chief, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics,Asian Hospital and Medical Center, Muntinlupa; associate active staff, Departmentof Pediatrics, Makati Medical Centerâ— Maricar Gustillo-De Ocampo, Ph.D., education consultant and faculty member,Assumption College, Makati â— Funtastic Mathematics by Galileo Enrichment Learning Program, 2008