Doing Big Jobs At Home

Young children love to help at home, but often we are just too busy to let them.  The value of letting a child help with a task at home far outweighs the extra time it takes.  They learn to feel important, solve problems, work with other people, be part of a “team” or family unit, and develop feelings of accomplishment and pride!

Big jobs are jobs that are done with other family members to help around the house.  They are not assigned chores, but tasks a child volunteers to do.  Here are some Big Jobs your child can do with others in the family:

*helping to prepare dinner by washing the lettuce leaves for salad or washing the veggies, scrubbing the potatoes, or grating the cheese

*raking the leaves into a bag or box

*watering the potted flowers or plants

*sweeping the dust on the floors with dustpan and brush

*sorting the socks in the laundry

*bringing the individual pile of clean clothes to each family member’s room

*feeding the family pet

*emptying all the wastebaskets into the garbage

*unloading the utensils from the dishwasher

*taking the garbage out

*turning the lights out in rooms

By encouraging your child’s social-emotional growth you will foster positive self-identity, competency, and success in learning!

Tips for doing Big Jobs at home:

*KEEP IT FUN

*KEEP YOUR CHILD SAFE

*TALK AND LAUGH TOGETHER WHILE DOING

*TRY TO FIND SOME CHILD-SIZED TOOLS

*SHOW YOUR APPRECIATION

Resources:  Big Jobs:  Planning for Competence Young Children, March 2005: 86-93

Big Jobs at Home Teaching Young Children, Vol 1 No 1