Children as young as two years old can start taking up household tasks and small responsibilities at home. The children learn life skills, develop self reliance and understand the importance of learning to take care of themselves and their surroundings. The children should be given an opportunity to be involved in sharing the family tasks together to feel the belongingness. They can feel the satisfaction of contributing and the feeling as a team player. Involving the preschoolers at a young age to do chores with parents makes them cooperative with others in adult life. Sharing the household work can make the families work better and reduce a lot of stress.The chores should be like routine work to bring the feeling of satisfaction and care to the environment.
Gardening at home: It is a fun activity and also a lot of learning happens that not only develops their gardening skills by knowing a lot of things about planting and looking after the plants but also physical development. A few simple tasks can be given to the children like watering a plant, painting the pots, picking fruits and vegetables, pulling out the weeds etc. These activities help children learn to care for plants, eating what they grow.
Cleaning chores: The children can be given chores like cleaning the toys at home after playing. Cleaning after the meals by clearing the table and putting away the utensils and other things can be done as an activity with the children to encourage them to learn the importance of cleaning up the mess and make it a habit for kids to follow.
Cooking together: It can be a fun time for both children and the parent by inviting them to cook together. They can be given simple chores like washing the vegetables, measuring water, peeling the boiled potatoes, cleaning up the mess etc. This helps the children to develop life skills and also help in good team building with parents while increasing their interest in eating healthy. However ensure they do not use sharp objects like knives or hot items and / or stove which can be risky and dangerous
Looking after the pets: The children can be given the responsibility to look after the pets at home. They can be given chores like changing the food from the bowl, brushing their hair, changing the drinking water, cleaning the pet area etc can be inculcated to improve their caring habits for animals.
Setting the table: It is very important to involve children in setting up the table for food. Small chores like filling the glasses with water, arranging the plates, spoons, forks and serving the vegetables in small portions should be encouraged. This not only helps the children learn about vegetables and instill the joy of learning but also to make them learn the importance of eating healthy with the family.
Dusting the house and cleaning the spills: The dusting of the house and including the child in the chores should be done on a regular basis to make them understand the importance of cleanliness at home and also their environment. The little ones can be taught to mop small water and food spills on the table and floor, dusting small toys, other articles at home and sweeping around the house can be encouraged.
Segregating wet and dry waste: The children should be taught the difference between kitchen waste and dry waste and trash them accordingly. This is an important task as it helps not only learn about recycling and composting but also make them responsible citizens towards the environment as adults.
Try these and you will enable a responsible and mature generation for tomorrow.