Youngsters have a hard time these days, keeping up with school work and the latest trends but here are 5 chores your 5 year old should be doing at home.
Helping with the dishes
Five-year-olds thrive when they are able to complete a task that they are good at. A busy household, especially a child orientated one may still be using a range of plastic utensils and cutlery. If this is the case, then there is no reason for your child/children not to be washing them up. I suggest congregating a good pile enabling plenty of practice. If however, your children dine with fine china then do get them into the habit of taking their own plate to the kitchen once they have finished a meal.
How much time does this save us on a day to day basis? or maybe not. By organising your child’s wardrobe into a simple yet neat haven will encourage children to choose outfits with ease. Save time by following my unique organisation skills in this quick you tube video tutorial. Please subscribe to future Motherhood tips and tricks.
Garden help promotes fresh air and outdoor play. Jobs from picking up fallen twigs or racking leaves can instal independence. Why not have your child plant some spring bulbs or grow their own vegetables? Growing potatoes in a paper bag with soil is child-friendly and earns a sense of wellbeing and pride. Have you ever grown and tasted your own food. This is something we are working on in our household. My 5-year-old regularly helps me arrange flowers for our friends of family events.
Making their own bed!
A chore we put into practice last year when our Daughter started school. Most kids benefit from routine and offering stability or distraction in the mornings can help anxious kids prepare for school. Bed making is a life skill and by teaching our children to look after their belongings, we are also preparing them for independence in later life. Two minutes is all it takes to fluff up pillows and straighten the duvet.
Not all my readers may agree on this chore but sorting laundry into different colours and material piles is a really great sensory and visual game which again will help prepare for adult hood. We use the machine on one setting and be are sure to remove any items that are particularly delicate from the laundy basket. You can then oversee your 5 year old completing this task after they have had practice in seperating the garments. Chemicals are harsh to childrens skin so gloves are advised.