Every kid needs to know that they belong to and serve an important role in their family. Help your child to develop the skills they will need to look, feel and act like an active member of your family team. Kids who learn how to manage time and responsibility at an early age, feel connected while developing those positive behaviors that are sure to help them throughout their future school and work years.
- Talk about your family as a "team" where every member is important and valued. Remind your kids that they are an important part of your team.
- Openly discuss roles and responsibilities within your family team. Everyone is part of the family, so everyone has a job or two. By working together a happy home can be achieved.
- Give each child age appropriate chores that make sense and come with clear directions. Include all family members in the discussion when dividing chores up and don't be afraid to make changes when needed. Encourage your kids to join in the discussion process, but remember you are the CEO of the family and have the final decision making power.
- Expectations and timelines need to be clearly communicated, regularly monitored and fair. Chore charts are easy to create and offer a simple way to give visual recognition for work done.
- Recognize your kids with praise when they fulfill their responsibilities and hold them accountable when they do not. And kids who offer to take on more responsibility or to cover for a sibling, who is under the weather or has a time conflict, should be given special recognition for their efforts.