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Cleaning, sweeping, scrubbing, ordering toys ... It is usually too much for mothers and the truth is that children could help out with these tasks. Tasks or small housework are an effective means of educating for coexistence. And the holidays, the right time to launch a family action plan. But it is not plain and simple distribute tasksand then scolding if they don't get it done: assigning and supervising commissions is also an art because it implies knowing what and from whom to commission something.
The most advisable thing is distribute the tasks thinking about which could be more educational for each child according to their character and personal abilities. It is important to show that housework is not the responsibility of women but of everyone who lives in it. Also, avoid setting up any reward system.
Do not offer the child anything in exchange for helping out with the housework. The little one must learn the value of order and that this does not imply any reward, but rather it is an obligation of all to keep the house orderly. On the contrary, there is to motivate them with phrases like 'We are a team', 'What you do or stop doing affects others', 'No to the hotel - Yes to the home', 'I do not help by complying but by serving'.
Each family has its own style and in some homes these slogans can cause a lot of laughter. Likewise you have to praise them when they do well, to cheer up. However, you cannot expect a perfect order or a total collection, but the important thing is that the little ones learn to collect their toys and collaborate with their parents.
The assignments are not to relieve the burden of parents in summer or Christmas, or to take advantage of the children's free time, but to make them stronger to face life. The ideal and the most recommended is that the child can do it alone, but teaching him some guidelines so that he is constant at work. Tips on the tasks that the child should do every day:
- Make your bed
- Tidy up the room and bathroom
- Collect toys, clothes and desk
- Report damage to your clothes and ask for help to fix them
- Save the video you watched, the album you listened to, the book you read.
They are distributed among the brothers and can be changed weekly or every fortnight.
- Help make the food menu
- Help set and remove the table
- Help with cleaning (sweeping, taking out the trash, dusting, etc.)
- Answer the phone
- Watering plants
- Sort the chairs
- Put the basket of dirty clothes and then take it to the laundry
- Turn off lights and put keys to doors
- Water the garden
- Caring for and feeding the dog, cat or other animal
- Pick up the mail
- Lower and raise blinds
- Organize the kitchen.
They are also distributed among the brothers, but since they do not have to be done every day, they are longer lasting:
- Take out the trash
- Put toilet paper in the bathrooms
- Collect old newspapers or old bottles for recycling
- Check what is missing in the pantry
- Help the mother to coordinate the weekly menu
- Distribute the ironing clothes on each bed.
- 'I lead people towards IDEAS and ACTIONS that allow them to MAKE their DREAMS COME TRUE ' (excerpt from the text by Jairo Quiceno, Clinical Psychologist, Volunteer Without Borders)
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