So you want to teach him* to take responsibility and to do his chores. I have heard it said that if a learning environment is boring or critical it decreases the learning by 80%. So how is your child going to learn about chores if you nag or become critical about doing them? How will he engage with the activity of household chores if it’s a really boring job? If you are critical and set a negative tone about chores, provide no entertainment factor, then right away you will lose 80% of your child’s learning attention. So learning that focuses on lack or deficit rather than potential creeps into many family settings without us even realising that it’s happened, and becomes a vicious cycle of “why won’t you ever learn?” (critical statement – oops and again you’ve just lost 80% of your child’s learning potential) .
It is fascinating when you think about it. Your child is not going to learn if you are critical, or if the task is boring, however if you are like most parents especially when it comes to tidying up, you can become highly critical and don’t have an ounce of creativity in making it fun ! “I want you to tidy that up and NOW !”…
You might not use these words, but the message your child gets is something like:
I don’t want you do what you are doing chores are more important.
What you are doing has no value.
You have to be nagged to get you to do chores.
When I need chores doing, they need doing now.
I don’t want you to complain about the chores I ask you to do.
NO WONDER your child doesn’t ever seem to learn… I suggest questioning your beliefs, letting go of any attachment to outcome, meeting your child where they are and notice how critical you can be… I also invite you to comment below to share how your child does the chores so you both enjoy it !
*boy was chosen as subject of this post, next one will be girl !