The Little Gym Explains How to Get Your Children to Help with Chores During the Holidays

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The Little Gym shares some great tips from a recent article released by Child Development Journal.

Building a positive relationship can still be done when having your kids do chores.

Allowing children to help with chores while they are home from school, and even during school, helps give children responsibility, ownership, boosts self-esteem, and above all, helps parents maintain a somewhat tidy house.

Now, the real question is, how do you encourage your children to want to help? Is there a secret? According to a study published by Child Development Journal, there is. The study found that adults’ language can have a dramatic effect on a child’s willingness to lend a hand.

The study found that using the word helper as a noun, i.e. “Some children are helpers” as opposed to using it as a verb, i.e. “Some children choose to help” made quite the difference, 29% more difference in fact! The children who heard helping described as a noun, “Some children are helpers” were 29% more likely to help.

The way we talk to our children can play a dramatic effect on how they interpret helping, chores, and activities that don’t include making a mess. Next time you ask your child to help out, approach it in a way that make them feel that their help is valuable. It may make a difference!

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