As our kids grow up, we need to take all the opportunities we get to teach them the lessons of life. From the early days of toilet training to the financial lessons we look to teach them when they finally move away from home, there’s a good deal of information for parents to pass on.
A great way for parents to educate their kids on practical matters is to involve them in the running of the house. Encouraging the young ones to help keep things in order is a hugely effective way to nourish responsibility and prepare them for later life. Here, we look at a few things you can do to involve your kids in household jobs.
There are some jobs around the home which kids are bound to find tedious and uninteresting. Who can blame them? There are a huge number of other things, however, which most kids will relish the opportunity to get involved with, such as decorating their room.
Asking for your kids’ opinions on colour schemes and furnishings will not only help their creative minds to blossom but will also contribute towards their overall feeling of responsibility for their home. If you’re really brave, you could even consider giving the kids a paintbrush each when the time comes to decorate.
2. Managing the utilities
In addition to knowing how to keep a home clean and tidy, it’s important that youngsters are aware of the costs of running a home. Getting them involved in the management of utilities is a great way to raise this awareness and it’s also an opportunity for them to apply their maths skills to something practical.
Consider using an electricity calculator to help your kids understand the way that utilities are paid for and the impact that you can have on the size of your bills each month.
3. Choosing your food
Whether it’s lending a hand with their packed lunches or shopping for dinner, encouraging the kids to help out with the preparation of food is great fun. Begin by asking your kids to decide what they’ll be eating (it shouldn’t take long to get past the ‘chocolate with chocolate’ stage) and then allow them to help and oversee you putting the food together.
Beyond making your kids more responsible, this provides an excellent chance for you to educate them on nutrition and the importance of eating healthily.