Once again, looking around the room, reminiscent of the place of the ice battle, and looking at the daughter watching the cartoons in the middle of the pool of toys, I realized that it was time to introduce her to the household chores.
However, the worm of doubt immediately raised its head in me: is it a bit early? Is she old enough? Still, my daughter is only 4 and a half years old. I decided to try it from the simplest. Ksyushenka! – I called her, – I was thinking here that we can go for a walk in your favorite park.
How did we get started?
Of course, the daughter immediately gave a start and ran to the closet with clothes. But I told her that it would probably not be possible to go to the park, because you can’t leave the mess at home, and I’ll be alone to get out for too long. Ksenia, of course, instantly offered her help.
The first step to success has been made. In the following days I began to attach my daughter to homework, not forgetting to emphasize how important this is and what a great help it is for me. Ksyusha was filled with pride.
Of course, at first I had to redo everything behind her — to put things in order on the shelves of clothes, to wash her panties and socks, to wash her plate and cup. Sometimes it took me much more time than if I did it myself.
Possible mistakes on the road to success.
Here, many mothers make the main mistake, believing that it is easier for them to do something themselves than to remake for a crumb. However, if you show your displeasure to the child, or refuse the child altogether in response to his offer of help, he will lose interest in this activity for good.
And then you should not be surprised that already a teenager in no way will take part in household affairs and will ignore your requests for help.
Also, in no case should homework be turned into the responsibility of a small child. This can be done only after the child is at least 12 – 14 years old. Until that time, you should stimulate the child’s desire to help, but not force him to do something against his will.
Gradually, I began to notice that I didn’t even have to ask Ksyush to help me with something. Toys are cleaned immediately after the game, and the plate is washed after a meal. Yes, and play, and eat, and carry things daughter became not like an example neater – because she knows that otherwise there will be more work.
And now I began to teach my daughter to handle money. But I will tell you about this next time.