Your kids probably won’t agree, but child development experts feel that doing chores is an important aspect of making sure your children grow into healthy, responsible adults. Benefits of assigning your kids yard chores include:
- They get out of the house and get some much-needed exercise
- Chores help teach them how to be responsible
- They develop skills that will help them care for their own yard when they become adults
- Yard work helps kids become self-reliant
- They learn how to plan and manage their time
- And more!
The trick is figuring out how to encourage your kids to actually complete the yard chores you’ve assigned them.
Plant a Garden
Planting a garden might seem like a lot of extra work, but it’s also a great and organic method for getting kids of all ages interested in yard work. Younger kids love poking around in the dirt and older kids enjoy homegrown fruits and vegetables as the fruits of their labor. You’ll find that the time you and your kids spend working in the garden provides you with an opportunity to bond.
Don’t forget, your kids can always enter the produce and flowers they grow in the garden at the local county 4-H fair!
Start Them Young
Kids who start helping out with yard work at an early age are a great deal more likely to continue helping out in the yard as they get older, than ones who aren’t assigned any chores until they’re teenagers. Obviously, your toddler isn’t ready to mow the grass, but they can help pick up sticks and rake leaves. Give your young child a set of child-sized yard tools and make a game out of the simple yard chores.
Be Clear About Your Expectations
When asking your child to help out with yard chores, make sure you’re very clear about what you want them to do, how to handle the chore, and when you want it completed. If your child is a teen, anticipate that they’re probably not listening to everything you say and create a written list. Then, give them a day or two to complete the task.
Turn Lawn Chores into a Family Event
Turn yard chores into something the whole family takes part in at the same time. Not only does this allow you to keep an eye on your child so you can make sure they’re doing their chores properly, but it also creates a family bonding experience. Don’t forget to reward the entire family once the yard work is done.
Rather than getting overly critical when it takes your child longer than you expected to complete the assigned yard chores or when they don’t do them exactly the way you wanted, be sure to heap on the praise when they do things correctly. You’ll find that they respond better to praise than criticism.
Don’t forget, Hurst Farm Supply has everything you need to keep your yard and garden looking great all year round!