When my 4-year-old son came to me and said, Amma teacher said, that it is our responsibility to tidy up all our toys and keep it back in the shelf. See I finished tyding up all the toys. I just then finished making rotis and I saw that the glass in which he had his Milo was still lying at the table.
It was then I decided that sharing responsibility can’t be limited to only looking into oneself but also making a child understand that, a mothers job is just not only there as a means to provide things but she also needs a helping hand to make things function smoothly. It’s difficult to make small kids clean utensils, but it’s easy when you ask them to clean the plate, cups, spoons or glasses they have used as it puts lesser pressure on them. Kids understand that they have used it for eating and hence will be happy to # Share the Load
Some tips to teach kids the importance of washing utensils :
- It’s always nice to link the activity to their daily playtime as they understand the concept of tyding as they play with toys and learn many things from school. Hence cleaning one’s plate and spoons are also ones responsibility.
- It is important for kids to have a realization that household runs with shared responsibility and its just not the job of parents alone.
- It can be a great learning session for kids to learn the optimal usage of detergents and water usage.
- Importance of hygiene in kitchen utensils and how keeping it untidy can affect our health and also invite a lot of parasites such as ants, cockroaches, etc..
I was so happy that because of Ariel and Blogadda initiative I was able to introduce my son to cleaning utensils and he happily did it.
Also please do not forget to reward the little ones by appreciating them for their good help.
I am participating in #ShareTheLoad movement and for the next four Sundays. Ariel has one new task every Sunday and I pledge to #ShareTheLoad in household chores in association with Ariel and BlogAdda.