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We hope you and your families are keeping safe.

The Northern Centre are continuing to deliver our services to the community.

If you need support, please call 9334 0111 or email intake@thenortherncentre.org.au or visit The Northern Centre - Individual Support Request

Our collocated partners, including our weekly Women’s Legal Clinic continue to deliver services via phone, email and/or ZOOM.

Our team are working with our community via phone, email and/or Skype/ZOOM.

How to get your child to help around the home

How to get your child to help around the home

Being clean does not come naturally to children. Helping to clean up around the home, being part of the family team, is a behaviour that can be taught.

  • Make a game of cleaning up. Write jobs on pieces of paper and put into a hat. Each family member pick a job out of the hat. Put music on and dance around the house while cleaning. Make the jobs reasonably easy for a child to do, such as cleaning the basin or dusting a table or two. It’s more about modelling teamwork to your child.
  • Cleaning up is a great time to spend time together flicking a duster over shelves or revving up the vacuum cleaner and ‘brrr-ing’ around the house.
  • Put a timer on and see how quickly your child can beat the clock at putting their clothes in the cupboard and drawers.
  • When packing toys away, come alongside your child and show them where the blocks are to go, which box or basket the zoo animals go, the area for the stuffed toys to be put. Kids are more likely to clean up if their parent shows them the place for items to go. This also becomes a time of conversation where your child may tell you what’s happening in their life, which promotes connection with your child.
  • Your child could help with shopping, learning to choose fruit and vegetables. When you get home, your child could help with small tasks in food preparation. These are important life skills.

Consider your family’s routine over the week to see which specific time would suit for all the family to be involved in contributing to the smooth running of the home. Once the routine is implemented, it will become a habit for your child.

It may seem easier if “I just do it myself”, but in the long-term your child will learn social skills, how to use initiative, and learn the importance of team work. As parents, our ultimate goal is to grow our children into mature, responsible and loving adults.

 

If you would like to learn more about understanding and supporting your child’s development, please contact us on 9334 0111 or connect@thenortherncentre.org.au to arrange to talk with one of our experienced Family Workers in a confidential setting.