Doing chores is a great way to positively impact your kids and their self-esteem. Chores teach kids the value of responsibility, pitching in, competence and being part of a team. Any age child can do a chore or more. At GIA, we strongly encourage students to take a break from the computer screens and cell phones. Parents can partner with us by ensuring that their children focus on activities that serve physical and mental wellness. Chores are a win-win! They help the household and the student.
Supervision is encouraged — depending on their age and practice with the chore, as well as your desired outcome! Participation over perfection… for the littles, anyway. Here are some chore ideas for K-8 GIA dragons:
- Cleaning up their bedroom and other rooms in the house
- Helping to set and clear the table
- Caring for pets
- Watering plants
- Sorting, folding and/or putting away laundry
- Helping to prepare meals
- Vacuuming and dusting
- Taking out trash and recycling
Chores can be fun, too. Some families like to turn up the music and dance their way through chores. Others use a timer and everyone runs around cleaning as fast as they can in the time allowed. Maybe you can make the laundry basket into friendly competition for who can get the most clothes in the basket. Working together on chores can create time to talk and really connect about what is happening right now — with school, friends and the world around us.
Some kids need the visual reminder of chores. Creating a chore chart together and crossing off as you go can be motivating. There are apps to help you track their chores, too. There is a debate about tying chores to allowance. We’ll let the experts weigh in on that.
No matter your students’ age, positive reinforcement is always a good idea. Let them know they’re helping you and they’re an important part of the family team!
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About Green Inspiration Academy
The Green Inspiration Academy is a free public charter school for grades K – 8 located in the Warrensville Heights area. Our program focuses on the importance of health and wellness, provides high-quality education to students, and aims to strengthen parent-teacher-student relationships every single day. Come grow with us at Green Inspiration Academy!