Parenting

Teaching Young Children Through Work

There are always a number of tasks that need to be done around the house. You can use these tasks as an opportunity to teach your children a lot of life skills.

Young children naturally want to help their parents. You can use this desire to help to start teaching your children about many day to day tasks. This will build your child’s confidence and help them learn about being responsible.

Always praise your child as he or she is learning new tasks. This will encourage him or her to keep going.

Here are some categories of tasks you can use to teach your children:

Gathering laundry, cooking food and cleaning

Engage your children with you even when they are very young to help with the dishes or laundry etc. There is always some small part of the task a young child can do. Make it fun and they will come back for more.

Running errands

Let your children get something for you or find something you have misplaced. They will be eager to help.

Caring for younger children

Older children can learn a lot about being responsible by caring for their younger siblings.Even simple activities like reading or singing to the younger members of the family can be helpful.

Housekeeping

Start your child off with simple chores and gradually build up to more difficult ones. Don’t expect them to know how to do something they’ve never done before.

Caring for animals

Most children adore animals. Having your child help with pet care is a good way to teach responsibility

Gardening

Let your children work in your garden with you. They will learn about the wonders of nature. Even if you don’t have a garden, you can have your child help grow a plant in a pot.

Here are some points you need to keep in mind when you are teaching young children.

  • Children like to cooperate. Make sure the work or activity is safe.
  • Even young children can see the difference between a real job and just keeping them busy.
  • Be patient. It can take longer to finish a task.

Teaching young children can be fun if you follow the methods above.

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