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How to Start a Chore Routine with Your Child

Posted on September 27, 2019 : Posted in Legacy Academy

Want a simple way to teach your child responsibility? Then let them take part in the household chores. Chores can be great learning experiences for children. They help children develop life skills, problem-solving skills, and a sense of confidence. That said, it takes time to develop a chore routine, especially for little ones. Things like dusting and vacuuming may be second nature to you, but these things are still fairly new for your child. Give yourself and your child time to get used to the new routine. Meanwhile, here are some tips on chore routines for children to help you get started.

Choose Age-Appropriate Chores

When starting chore routines for children, always keep the children’s ages in mind. Not all chores will work for all age groups. While your ten-year-old can help you fold laundry, your four-year-old will have to start with something simpler. Before you get started, do some research on appropriate chores for different age groups.

Start Small and Go Slowly

How do you make a habit stick? You keep it simple. When it comes to chore routines for children, the simpler the better. If your child has never had a chore routine before, don’t expect them to handle a ton of new tasks. Instead, give them one chore that they can do every day. Between the simplicity and the repetition, they’ll turn their chore into a habit in no time. You can give your child more responsibilities eventually but keep the number appropriate to your child’s age and ability. Introduce new chores one at a time and allow lots of time for the habits to stick.

Stay Consistent

What’s the other key to making a habit stick? Consistency. Try to keep your child’s chore routine as consistent as possible. Have your child do their chores at about the same time every day. With consistency comes muscle memory. Once your child’s chores become muscle memory, they’ll become fully ingrained habits.

Teach Them How

You know how cleaning works, but does your child? When parents create chore routines for children, one big mistake parents make is telling their children what to do without explaining how to do it. Demonstrate each task for your child and provide verbal instructions.

Charts and Goals

Chore charts and stickers give children a visual representation of a job well done. Create a chore chart for your little one. Let your child add a sticker to their chart whenever they complete their chore for the day. As your child adds stickers to the chore chart, they’ll gain a sense of accomplishment and pride. Over time, this sense of accomplishment becomes its own motivation. You can also use a reward system for certain sticker amounts. For example, maybe you give your child a small toy or a treat for every ten stickers that they earn. Rewards provide extra motivation to finish chores, and the stickers will let your child see their own progress toward those rewards. Rewards also help your child learn about long-term goals, patience, and cause-and-effect.

Use Teamwork

Does your child struggle with self-starting? Then why not use some teamwork? There’s nothing wrong with doing chores alongside your child. True, individual chores teach children about individual responsibility. However, teamwork chores teach children about cooperation and balance. Meanwhile, your child is still learning how to do certain household tasks. As your child’s chore routine grows, you can mix individual and team chores so that your child gets all the benefits of both.

Chore Routines for Children

Chore routines for children are perfect for developing life skills. At Legacy Academy, we also help children form important life skills. At Legacy, education isn’t just academic. It’s also practical, social, and creative. Your child’s Legacy teachers will help them reinforce the life skills that they’re already learning at home. Want to learn more about our curriculum? Contact Legacy Academy today. Find out what sets Legacy apart from other preschools.