The first domestic tasks that help to make family

From the moment in which the children walk with ease, the children can have assigned tasks in the house, which consist not only in ordering their room, but above all helping the other members of the family such as parents or siblings in the different housework that helps "thisfamilywelove".

Volunteer children to take care of the family

When children are still young, volunteers are often offered to help the elderly. We must take advantage of this predisposition to begin to instill in them that vocation of service that will not only make them disciplined people but will teach them to think about others. Therefore, go assigning small housework, appropriate to their age and ability, should not be taken as a way for parents to work less, but as an opportunity to educate in values.


Children live as a family and, so that they understand this concept, it is very important that they take care of the family, that they take care of the needs of those people with whom they share a house. Parents usually have clear that it is good for children to learn from small to meet them by themselves some rules. For example, they are often assigned the responsibility of ordering their toys. This type of domestic tasks helps to promote their responsibility and their capacity to sacrifice, but they are not enough to develop other values.

How to assign housework to children

When we handle simple domestic tasks, we have to include some that do not result in immediate personal benefit, such as dressing and undressing alone, and that do not have to do exclusively with your things, such as picking up the room. It is good that they understand from childhood that most of the tasks are done by others. The orders are part of educating in the order, but how should be the orders for children?


Thus, a child of about three years can have assigned something simple, such as placing the napkin of each on his plate, or make sure that both he and the brothers have their stuffed in bed at bedtime. They can collaborate in the kitchen with some minor task that does not involve risks, such as removing the cocoa or even beating some eggs.

Little by little they will acquire bigger commitments: put and remove the table, pick up the dirty clothes, take care of the food and drink of the pet, take out the trash, help out with a brother or prepare the snacks of everyone's school.

Depending on how our children are, we can establish a system of assignments or one of shifts. The important thing is that we fulfill it and make them understand that in no case is it a punishment but it is part of the life in common that we so often benefit from.

Alicia Gadea


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