Tasks Teach Teamwork

We all want our children to grow up to be respectable adults and understand what it means to be a team player. Team players are successful in life and the good news is that we can start teaching our children to work as a team by giving them chores.

No matter who we are, we all have things to do; In essence, we all have tasks to do. When we involve our children in our daily and weekly tasks, we teach them responsibility and self-esteem, they become part of the team. They are excited to be of help to us and enjoy having certain tasks to complete.

Homework should be age-appropriate but meaningful. For example; a 5 year old can easily fold bath towels, it may not be perfect however they do a very good job. They can also water and feed pets, help set the table, help put away the dishes, make their beds, and tidy their rooms. Children are very capable of doing many things at home.

Even if you don’t want to be a perfectionist, you should set some guidelines for your children to follow. Tasks must be completed to a certain standard. If the child cannot complete them to the standard you require, you should first examine the standard to see if it is too high; then examine whether the task is suitable for your child or not. For example; some people can be very particular about how a towel is folded. It’s hard to teach a young child the “Martha Stewart” method and expect her to do it to her liking. However, if you are fine with a normal square folded towel, your child will do just fine.

As the family works together to complete chores, your child will recognize the benefits of helping out. The unity this creates within the family is a great way to teach your children about teamwork and even spending quality time with each other.

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