How to Get Your Little Ones Involved at Home
As a busy parent, you could probably use all the help you can get. Raising little helpers isn’t selfish, however, as it also benefits your children! In fact, in order to create a sense of independence in your kiddos, it’s important to teach them how to help with things around the house and give them opportunities to be responsible. Whether you’re a parent to one or a dozen children, there are plenty of ways you can get them involved at home. We’ve compiled a few ideas to help you get started.
As soon as you integrate these practices into your routines, you’ll likely begin to see an improvement in your child’s ability to feel independent and responsible on their own. Plus, you’ll be able to spend a little bit more time being productive with your child. A win win!
As you work through household chores, ask yourself if there’s an opportunity to get your little one involved. Depending on their age, they may be able to help refill toilet paper, dust surfaces, or hold the dustpan. As you work on chores together, be sure to explain why it’s important to get this chore done. By giving your child an explanation for the chore, they’ll gain a better understanding of the value it serves. For example, “we’re putting toys away so we can have plenty of room to play later tonight,” or, “we’re wiping the counter off so we have a clean place to cook dinner.” This will help them connect the dots between chores and a happy, healthy home.
Every time you leave the house, you can take advantage of the opportunity to ask your little one to be responsible for making sure something gets to the car. You can even make something up! Whether it’s holding onto the grocery list, an umbrella, or their favorite car toy, asking them to look after something until it’s safely inside the car (or back home) teaches them to remain focused and mindful.
Getting out of the house on a sunny Saturday morning? Consider putting your little one’s in the driver’s seat - not literally, of course. Perhaps you need to get out of the house to pick up a gift for a birthday party next week, and you also want to make sure the kids can burn off some energy. See if they can help you choose a store to search for a gift, and ask if they have any ideas for where they’d like to play. By letting them have a say in your agenda, you’re helping them learn problem solving skills while practicing independence.