House chores must be shared with the whole family, sometimes they are left just for mom or dad to do them; that was a mistake we usually saw in the past; dads used to rest for the whole weekend, and moms were in charge of the load of chores from Sunday to Sunday. Then, moms saw that she had a huge team to help them in the houses, a lot of kids who were useful to do part of the job.. The only thing is that moms made some MISTAKES, about the way they made kids to help; here are some ones:
-Ask kids to do chores when mom was mad, there was no planning, then at the time kids were going to do something fun, mom requested them to work at the house, ask kids to do chores as part of a punishment because they did not do their homework, complain everyday about the things they need to do at the house to keep it clean, there was not recognition of the work done because they assumed they had to do it.
For this reason, we need to change our mind and try at least to do simple things like:
GIVE CHORES TO OUR KIDS AT LEAST WHEN THEY ARE 3 YEARS OLD.
It’s better to start early teaching our kids to do their chores at home, do it as a funny activity which is recognized, encouraging them to follow helping mom on a daily basis. They will fill as part of a project which has a beginning and a happy ending.
DO CHORES TOGETHER, INVOLVE ALL FAMILY MEMBERS.
When kids see that everybody work at home on a project to keep it clean and organized, they will feel that is more rewarding than working by themselves. Remember that the example is the best way to teach our children, then if they see their parents working they will be motivated to do the same.
CHORES ARE PART OF LIFE, NOT A WAY TO BE PUNISHED.
Telling our children that life involves not only play and have fun, but chores, projects, goals activities for their self development in areas like responsibility, organization, planning, and many other things, they will understand that is better to accomplish what they have to do to then, enjoy the right of playing and having fun.
APPLY ADMINISTRATIVE PRINCIPLES EVEN WHEN TALKING ABOUT CHORES.
No matter if they are toddlers, we need to explain them that in every single stage of our life we need to be organized, then show them how to plan the after-school activities at home, start by simple things like helping to set up the table for dinner, take the garbage out, bring the mail, put their dirty clothes in the basket, fold the clean clothes. Then, when they grow will help you easily while they live at your home.
NEGOTIATE WITH YOUR KIDS ABOUT A SCHEDULE TO HELP AT HOME.
We need to talk daily about what to do tomorrow, during the weekend or next week, for this reason, is better to have a schedule in which we show them that every day we will have to do something but it does not have to be a strict plan, we may negotiate with them; but remember that there is still something pending, otherwise you will have to do what they were in charge of doing.
Make your and your kids’ life easier by teaching them timely that is better to act now than being postponing because at the end of the week everybody will have tons of chores to do and no one will be able to enjoy of free time.
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