Getting your child to do chores and to be responsible around the house can be difficult! It is a skill that parents need to instill with patience just like anything else. This is especially true for the Holidays! Who doesn’t want to just rest and have fun instead of doing house chores?
I focus my work on positive ways to work on children’s character. I try to help adults make parenting easy and fun. In this posts I will offer a solution that is just that-having fun while learning.
I am trained in the Suzuki method of teaching instruments to young children. That particular method offers lots of tips to make music practice fun. However, many of the ideas are easily transferred in other areas of kids’ life. So one of my goals for the blog is to transfer my knowledge for music educations and create ideas that make parenting easier.
Parent formula for success = consistency+fun+fair rules!
Games provide a wonderful way to learn. When done right children can develop consistency in doing house chores without nagging and negative feelings. Your child will want to cooperate! Here are a few games you can do around the Holiday season! Use these for children ages 5 and up. What chores or activities can you use these for?
Anything that requires consistency and daily practice. Such as:
Practicing a musical instrument
Daily listening for music lessons
Making their bed or organizing their room
Reverse the Countdown to Christmas
Countdown to Christmas Challenge
The Golden Rules of Games That Teach a Lesson
When using games with young children there are a few things to consider. Here are some mistakes I have seen my own parents do.
- Be fair! Once you set the rules for your child, don’t change them! It is easy for parents to feel ambitious after seeing progress and adding on to the expectation. Do not add to the chores! This will ruin the effect and consistency of the development!
- Keep it fun even thought you expect them to do work! Having positive attitude with help your child associate doing work with pleasant emotions! They will need this positive attitude later on in life when challenged with different situations!
- Be consistent!
- Don’t nag, discuss with your child what needs to be done. If they haven’t done it, they simply don’t get their treat.