Teaching children to do chores may be difficult, but it is one way of preparing kids to be responsible adults in the future. Getting a child to do chores does not only allow a child to contribute to the family, but it also teaches a child valuable life lessons. When a child is tasked to do chores appropriate for his age, it teaches him commitment and responsibility. Aside from that, assigning tasks to a child teaches him the right attitude towards work.

Children may not find the reason why chores need to be done, and parents may find themselves engaged in frequent battles with their kids. Thus, parents need to persevere and find ways so that children will eventually learn how to take responsibility at home. Here are some ways on how you can help your child to do chores at home:

1. Make sure that you assign age-appropriate tasks. Don’t expect a young child to accomplish a lot. Start by assigning simple tasks like putting toys away, or putting dirty clothes in the laundry bin. Breaking chores into simple tasks can make it seem less daunting for children.

2. Make your child understand the importance of helping at home. Some children may find no purpose in doing tasks at home. Help your child understand that everybody needs to contribute to the family, and by doing chores he is doing his part in making the household run smoothly.

3. Set the right example. Children look up to their parents, and they can take after what parents do at home. It can be difficult to motivate a child to do chores, when a parent is also not willing to do similar tasks.

4. Show your kids how to properly do tasks. In the beginning, children may need some guidance in performing certain tasks. In particular, younger kids may need some supervision if they are still not used to doing the assigned chores. Older children on the other hand, can be given full responsibility in getting chores done.

5. Make doing chores seem like a fun activity. Try to give your child the impression that chores are not really all about work. Be creative and think of ways on how you can make chores fun for your kids. This can change your child’s views in doing chores, and it may also encourage him to fulfill assigned tasks.

6. Always praise your child for accomplished tasks. When you appreciate your child for chores done, it will give him a sense of accomplishment, and it may also encourage him to keep on completing his assigned tasks.

7. Listen to your child. When assigning tasks, it may help if you can have your kids choose the chores they want to do. If a child is unable to do a chore, make sure that you listen to what your child has to say. Maybe your child is not able to accomplish a task because he is having difficulty in doing so.

8. Do not do unfinished chores for your child. If you do things for your child, he will get used to the idea that somebody will accomplish tasks for him.

9. Set up a reward system at home. Every time a child does a particular task, put a mark on a chart. This should indicate how many points your child gets for each completed task. Accumulated points can then be exchanged for non-material rewards like a visit to the zoo, or the park. You may then stop doing this if your child is already constantly doing assigned chores.

10. Impose logical consequences for unaccomplished chores. If your child did not do a particular task, give him due consequences. For example, if your child did not keep a particular toy, do not allow him to play with it for a few days as a consequence. Be firm in imposing these, so that your child knows that there are consequences to his actions.

Teaching a child valuable lessons through chores may not be easy. Children may resist doing chores in the beginning, but parents need to persevere because children naturally need guidance. Guiding them early to handle responsibility can ease their transition to adulthood, and in some way it can prepare kids better for greater things ahead.