Getting Help from your Kids

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It’s midweek and a school day and you are making breakfast for the family before heading off the work – omelets for all. Your child comes into the kitchen and wants to make their own. They start to drag a chair from the table to the benchtop.

What do you do?

Maybe accepting help midweek is difficult. However, excluding kids from helping out around the house can have negative consequences over time. For example, your child could lose interest or motivation in the task, or wanting to help at all.

On the other side, there are a number of positives in letting children help including (1) being more engaged, (2) teaching them life skills, (3) responsibility and teamwork. 

Ultimately, they are learning skills they can use in their adult lives, like preparing meals, cleaning, organising and keeping a garden. Being involved in jobs around the home teaches children about relationship.

Whether it is painting a room, or helping to make dinner or breakfast, letting your child help makes sense. And if they make a mistake, is that really bad?

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