In India, we are really blessed that we can afford a house help. But that is no reason to put the entire responsibility on them for doing all the chores. Including kids in household chores is a good way to teach them responsibility and self-sufficiency. It’s an important life skill and helps them understand the meaning of contributing to the family and household. They need to know that it takes time, effort and work. And knowing that helps teach appreciation and empathy towards parents and the house help. Many household chores require adult hands involved or supervision, but there are also plenty that kids can handle on their own. Here are some I have listed down which I think any 6-year-old plus can manage –
- Setting the table for meals – Placing the mats, plates and spoon is a task easy enough. Since my son is ten now, he can manage to place the food as well on the table.
- Help with grocery shopping and putting away groceries – My son doesn’t like to shop for groceries at all (and in any case most of it we order online) but I do involve him once a week in putting away some of the groceries to shelves and counters he can reach.
- Sort Laundry into Baskets – Sorting laundry is a cleaning task even younger kids can take on. I give my son one basket for colors and one for whites and put him to work sorting out the dirty laundry. Also, I let him add the washing powder to the washing machine. I use Ariel Matic and it works best as the stains of chocolate gravies, muds etc come out clean in one wash.
- Help hang out clothes post washing – It’s easy and fun too. I find it easy to have conversations while doing this as he’s distracted and opens up quite a bit.
- Feed pets – Probably one task he loves doing on his own. It makes him immensely happy to feed our cat and makes me immensely happy in turn.
- Water the plants – We live in an apartment and have only about 15-20 plants. Watering them once a week is something that one can do but honestly, I haven’t yet manged to get it done more than a couple of times.
I know there’s lot more I can add to the list. Please leave your comments and I would love to learn more 😊
The article has been written in collaboration with Ariel.