I’m ready to ask my kids to help! What’s next?
The first step is teaching your children how to do their chores. Allowing a child to perform a task poorly creates bad habits and a bad work ethic that should be avoided at all costs. To teach a chore, the parent should:
~ Explain what needs to be done, why it’s important, and the frequency it will be repeated
~ Demonstrate the chore the first couple times
~ The third time the chore is performed, the child does the chore and the parent watches. Give helpful tips (but not criticism) as needed.
~ If the child has mastered the chore, it’s now theirs. If not, the fourth time the chore is performed, watch the child again and give helpful tips. If the child still isn’t performing the chore well, step back and assess what the problem is. Is the chore truly beyond the child’s capability? Is the child refusing to learn? Have you been clear in the training? Is there a better way to explain what you want? Be confident that your child can do this chore if it’s age-appropriate and has been well demonstrated.
~ Once a child is doing the chore, inspect their work the first 2-3 times they fly solo and periodically after that. You aren’t looking for perfection but you do want them to do the very best they can and respect their own work.