Having your kids help in the different household chores is very important. It not only helps them become more responsible, it would also assist them in developing various skills that they would need when they get older.
You can start by teaching them how to pack away their toys after playing. Then let them fix their own beds, clean their own bedrooms, and eventually, let them help in cleaning the whole house. In the kitchen, you can let them wash the vegetables and prepare other ingredients. They can also be taught to cook at a young age, as long as you make sure that you have explained to them the safety measures in doing so. One of the chores that needed to be taught to kids is washing the dishes.
Unless the family always eats out or eat on disposable dishes, the chore should be shared by the different members of the family, including the kids. Here is how you could teach your kids to wash the dishes.
- First and foremost, you would need to let your child observe while you do the washing yourself, whether you are using a dishwasher or you are washing the dishes by hand.
Dictate the instructions and steps while you are doing them to make the kid understand what you are doing.
- Stock up on fun and interesting dishwashing supplies.
To make your kid look forward to washing the dishes, you might want to buy some supplies that would be fun for them to use. Get the best dishwasher detergent that is gentle to their hands and put it in an interesting dispenser. You can choose some different-colored sponge or maybe one that has a fun shape.
- Make sure that the sink area is safe before letting your kid start.
Provide a step stool for him or her to reach the dishes with ease. Get rid of sharp objects or breakables that might hurt your kid. You can do the knives and glasses first or you can wash them after.
- Let your kid start with easy-to-wash dishes first.
Plates, cups, spoons, and forks could be easily washed even with your hands. When you challenge your kid with burnt pans and greasy dishes at the first try, it would give them the impression that washing dishes is a lot of work.
- Make sure that you stay beside your child, or be always available when he or she has questions, while washing.
It is important that you supervise the first attempts of dishwashing to tell your kid what he or she is doing wrong and correct it immediately. You could also right down the step-by-step process, as well as the dos and don’ts, and stick them above the sink for your child to see.
- Always give encouraging words and compliment your son or daughter to give some sense of fulfillment.
The feeling of achieving something or knowing that they have contributed in something would boost them to work even harder.