Household Chores Lead to Possible Job Skills
By involving children at a young age in work around the house, abilities will be developed for responsibility, independence and employment skills for the future. They are learning to contribute to their home life, build self esteem for accomplishments and earn respect as a contributing member of the family and community. Developing independent skills does not just come at transition to adulthood time but throughout ones life. Summer is a great time to introduce new household skills into daily morning routines. During the school year chores tend to have to be afterschool to avoid the morning household rush.
How to get started with chores
- List household chores that need to be done by week , by day, and non routine chores
- List household chores by area – laundry – kitchen – bedroom – yard – living area
- List skills and interests your child has. Talk with them about choices and responsibilities
- Match the child to the chores – Know that you will need to do some specific teaching to make the task a success.
- Assess the basic steps and skills of the chore. Can they do the task with supervision, short reviews, or independently?
- Assess the teaching level need for learning the chore. What type of skills do they need assistance with? Can they learn the skill through imitation, modeling , working with someone, or do they need a visual task list and check list to complete the task independently?
- Assess the environment in which the chore is to be completed. Are the items they need to complete the task all together in one location? Is the environment arranged for task completion and are the instructional supports on hand?
- Assess decision making for completing the chore. Do they know when to do the task? Do they know what they need to complete the task? Do they know when the task is completed? Do they know how to inform others of completed tasks?
Hints for making chore time successful
- Pitch in and take a positive attitude
- Start small and add chores as your child develops
- Write social stories to help with instruction
- Have them assist in home projects and be the helper
- Give children choice in the order of completion of tasks
- Have visual schedules for reminders
- Make chores into a game and have them compete with themselves
- Set up motivational components
- Put chores in the morning during the summer and fun /leisure activities do not start until chores are done
- If done by a set time something is added – incentive to be done by a set time.
- Place computer activities or TV time to start only after completion of chores so that you do not have to pull them away from a fun activity
- Choice should be boredom vs. chore not exciting activity vs. chore
- Some families use allowance if the child does not need immediate positive consequences.
- Always praise praise praise! Praise attempts and small steps to completion as well as the completed work. Positive feed back with positive words build children up.
- Set up a reward system - It could be stickers on a chart or earning points toward a special activity or item.
- Daily chores should not be a punishment.