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‘MTOTO NYUMBANI!’: HOUSEHOLD CHORES – GOOD FOR THE CHILDREN, GOOD FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY.

Doing chores helps children gain valuable skills for taking care of themselves, as well as others. They learn skills they can use later in life, cooking, cleaning, organizing and keeping a garden and even take care of pets.
It boosts social skills such as communicating clearly, negotiating, cooperating and working as a team.
When children contribute to family life, it helps them feel competent and responsible. Even if they don’t enjoy the chore, when they keep going they get the feeling of satisfaction that comes with finishing a task.
Sharing housework can also help families work better and reduce family stress. When children help out, chores get done sooner, and parents have less to do. This frees up time for the family to spend doing fun things together.


Get Them Motivated

Involving children in household chores is asking for contributions that you value and that suit your children’s ages and abilities. A chore that’s too hard for a child can be frustrating – or even dangerous – and one that’s too easy might be boring.
You can have a family discussion about chores. This can reinforce the idea that the whole family contributes to how the household runs. Children over six years old can help decide which chores they’d prefer. 

 How?

  • Do tasks together until your child is ready to do it on their own
  • Show interest in how your child has done the job
  • Praise positive behavior and or completed tasks
  • Use a reward chart to track completed chores and give small rewards like choosing a TV program or family meal.
  • Make tasks seem fun at all times.

 Bottom line is, doing household chores together lessens the work load leaving enough time for the family to do other leisurely activities and perhaps reduce family stress through this collaboration.