South San Francisco, CA August 25, 2020 by Samantha Green, Guest Contributor
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage around the world, most households are bustling with activities now that families are quarantining together and keeping themselves entertained.
However, quarantining can be extra challenging if you have kids that are bored at home. Even worse, they might develop lazy habits if they are glued to the sofa and staring at the TV all day.
Everyday Chores You Can Teach Your Kids
While many parents consider the quarantine as a great venue to teach their little ones about responsibility and time management, many also see it as a golden opportunity to teach their kids the importance of keeping a routine and helping with the household chores.
Some parents are even going all-out and rewarding their children who are helping with the chores using debit cards for kids. If this is something you are considering, below are some everyday chores you can teach and reward them for:
Folding and Putting Away Laundry
If your kids are not old enough to help with the laundry, you can teach them how to fold and put them away instead. Young kids will still need guidance, so be patient and show them how to fold clothes and where to put them after. Hanging washed laundry to dry is yet another chore your kids can help you with. Just make sure they are old enough to do it.
Decluttering Rooms Daily
Children tend to clutter things and not put them back in place. Regardless if it’s books, toys, gadgets, or other personal belongings, have your children pick up after themselves. This is an easy task to do, but it can already contribute massively to keeping the house neat and orderly.
This is a household chore ideal for older kids as they are tall enough to reach high surfaces and are more careful not to break anything. For some kids, however, dusting can be a tiresome and time-consuming chore. In line with this, it would be ideal to have them dust the furniture in one specific area of the house each time.
If you have several kids, you can ask them to dust the furniture together so the task can be completed faster. Inform them it’s more ideal to dust the furniture daily than let the dust accumulate for days. It can be a good motivation for them to dust furniture daily without being told.
Straightening Out Rooms
With families quarantining together, almost all rooms are likely used daily. Frequently, it will also follow that the rooms might require straightening at one point or another. Fortunately, this is another chore kids can easily do.
Straightening rooms can be as easy as arranging the cushions on the sofa or putting chairs back in their right places. Ideally, have your kids do the straightening in the evening, so everything is neat and in place when they wake up the next day.
Cleaning Their Rooms
Most kids are not bothered by messy bedrooms. However, it can often drive parents crazy! Since their rooms are their personal spaces, it is crucial to teach them to respect it by keeping it clean, tidy, and orderly.
To help them develop the habit of keeping their rooms clean, give your kids a specific time when they should check their rooms and put away anything lying around such as toys, books, clothes, gadgets, etc.
Assisting in Deep Cleaning
Your kids can be great little helpers if you are deep cleaning specific areas or things in the house like your refrigerator or cabinetry. Even if they can’t directly help with the cleaning, they can help you out by fetching stuff you need or wiping down things you hand to them.
At times, teaching kids household chores can be challenging. However, as long as you stay patient and give them enough space to make mistakes and learn, it will only be a matter of time until they become efficient at helping you out.
Samantha Green is the Content Marketing Strategist for the MCA award-winning app, BusyKid, the first and only chore and allowance platform where kids can earn, save, share, spend, and invest their allowance. A mom of two, she enjoys spending time with her kids and reading books to them.