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Engaging Kids with Household Chores and Creative Learning

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Rahul and Priya, both 7-year-old, are very excited about the unplanned vacations announced by the school authority. What makes the holidays more cheerful is that their father would be at home too for the next few days. Their father, Mr. Ramesh works in an MNC and has got 5 days off. The kids request their father to take them someplace outside for a picnic.

PRIYA: Papa, chalo kahin baahar ghoomne chalte hain.

RAHUL: Yes Papa, we don’t have to go to school for the next few days.

PAPA (after thinking for a while): Hum log iss samay baahar ghoomne toh nahi ja sakte, kyunki I have some work to complete. You know well, that for few days saroj aunty(maid) will not come, so mummy has to do all the work herself. I am helping her in washing the utensils. Why don’t you help your mummy and let her be free, so that we together can plan something?

BOTH KIDS (excited) : ok

PAPA: Great, once you finish up with that then will have a surprise for you.

Rahul and Priya approach their mother who is standing in the balcony.

RAHUL: Mummy aap kya kar rahe ho?

MUMMY: Mai in kapdo ko fold kar rahi hun jo rassi pe dale huye hain. I think it is going to rain after a while.

PRIYA: Mummy, kya hum aapki help kar sakti hun?

MUMMY: ohh of course. I will teach you.

Priya watches her mother neatly folding clothes and imitates her actions. After folding 3-4 clothes, she can now confidently fold the clothes.

RAHUL- Mummy what can I do?

MUMMY- your responsibility is to water the plants, don’t let them dry. You have to make them look beautiful and happy.

RAHUL- Excited, as he loves to play with water too.

At around 5 in the evening, the kids rush to their father to tell, how they helped their mother.

PRIYA: Papa, we helped mummy, now can we go out?

PAPA: That is very good. Acchha kaam kiya.

RAHUL: Papa, let me know about the activities, you were talking about.

PAPA (with a smile on his face) : OK. Toh app dono ko apni favourite book se padh ke mujhe ek- ek kahaani sunani padegi.

RAHUL (a little confused) : Lekin iss may interesting kya hoag?

PAPA: Wo toh aapko kahaani padhne ke baad hi pataa chalega.

Rahul and Priya went to their room, with a little disappointment on their face.

PRIYA: Book padhne me interesting kya hoga.

RAHUL: I don’t know. Lets start reading.

After reading the first 2-3 pages half-heartedly, the kids start taking interest in the stories they are reading. Before they realize it, they have already read 2 stories each.

As they continue reading, they hear a knock on the door.

PAPA: Kids have you read the stories??

RAHUL AND PRIYA (together): ohh, yes Papa. We enjoyed a lot reading it. Learned lot of things.

Then both Rahul and Priya narrate the stories they have just read with visible enthusiasm.

Their father also joins in by enacting a few parts of the story.

After this, the kids play Ludo and Snakes and Ladders with their parents.

Kids were fighting as there was not much to do. Then they went to the kitchen where mother was preparing food.

BOTH THE KIDS- mummy hum bore ho rahe hain.

MUMMY: offf, I am tired, I have lot to work upon, can anyone of you help me?

BOTH THE KIDS- yes mummy, why not.

Then Priya laid the table with all the utensils and dishes. While Rahul helped his father in washing the utensils and putting it back at proper place.

After dinner, the family together enjoyed some family time by playing Carom, Ludo, Uno and laughed together.

FATHER- I enjoyed whole day, passed my time very well, by the time I am at home, I will do my work on my own and help your mummy too. By listening this, Kids were also excited and decided to help mummy, in the way they can.

Mother, turned the light off and closed the door.

The kids had a good sleep and wake up refreshed in the morning. They see their parents practicing Yoga. Their father asks them to repeat the Yoga Asanas they are practicing.

The kids learn a few yoga asanas from their father and promise him that they will practice it regularly.

The kids are now enjoying themselves as they are learning new things while staying at home.

In the evening, after their nap, their mother gifts them a duck and flower made out of colourful paper.

PRIYA: Wow mummy, aapne ye kaise banaya.

MUMMY: Maine isse Origami technique se banaya hai.

RAHUL: Kya aap hume bhi sikha sakti hain?

MUMMY: Of course. Chalo hum milkar ye paper boat banate hain.

At night the kids go to sleep early after voluntarily turning the TV off.

Indirectly, Rahul and Priya learned lots of new stuff during their holidays. Children can learn a lot from doing household chores.

Doing chores helps children learn about what they need to do to care for themselves, a home and a family. They learn skills they can use in their adult lives, like preparing meals, cleaning, organizing and keeping a garden.

Being involved in chores also gives children experience of relationship skills like communicating clearly, negotiating, cooperating and working as a team.

When children contribute to family life, it helps them feel competent and responsible. Even if they don’t enjoy the chore, when they keep going they get the feeling of satisfaction that comes with finishing a task.

And sharing housework can also help families work better and reduce family stress. When children help out, chores get done sooner, and parents have less to do. This frees up time for the family to spend doing fun things together.


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