Big jobs offer a great learning opportunity for your child.
Big jobs are the ones your child asks to help with, that they do with another family member. This is different than chores because they are not assigned. It may take longer to do a big job with your child’s help, but they are learning:
How to work with other people
How to compromise
How to solve problems
How to contribute to the family
Big Jobs kids can help with
Cooking and Baking
Washing and peeling veggies
Tearing lettuce leaves to make a salad
Carrying the laundry basket
Putting away clean clothes
Caring for pets
Cleaning up after
Tips for doing big jobs at home
Keep your child safe. Talk about safety, and stick around while is their turn.
Find child sized tools
Have fun! Remember- your child chose to help out, you want to keep a happy positive atmosphere so he/she wants to keep helping out.
Talk together while you work- about the job and anything else the two of you want to talk about.
Show your appreciation for their help. Point out specific things they did well.
Including my children in my work is a huge priority for me. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s easy. Including them sometimes means going slower or having the end result look less perfect. For myself, I have found a few things that help make it easier to include them. First off, I give myself more time. Second, I practice grounding practices such as taking deep breathes to remember my bigger goals. And third, I give myself a lot of grace as I am learning this new skill of including my children.