Getting the kids involved this summer does not have to be difficult or hard to do. With these 3 simple tricks, you can involve your kids and teach them lifelong skills all at the same time!
~This is a collaboration post.
It is summer and one of our kids’ most favorite things to do is relax, play games, read books, and just have down time! But summer is also great for getting the kids involved in various projects around the house.
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Some of the things I remember the most growing up was helping around the house. Although these tasks were sometimes hard, it taught me life lessons that I have carried with me into adulthood.
My parents were always great in getting us involved, by teaching us how to do something and then letting us do it.
So, how do you Get your kids involved? We have three simple tips to help you get your kids involved this summer!
Share Your Passions
The best way to get your kids involved this summer is to share your passions with your kids! If you love exercising, take them outside and teach them the proper way to exercise.
One of my favorite things to do is bake, so why not teach your kids! Involve your kids by letting them help read the recipe, then help find ingredients, and make the dish. Don’t forget to teach them how to clean up after baking as well! By involving your kids in the baking process you are teaching your kids lifelong skills that will benefit them later in life!
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If you or our spouse knows how to work on cars, then pull up a stool for your child while you work. Explain to them what you are doing, have them help you by handing you the tools that you need. Tell them why you love doing it. Not only will this create a bond with the two of you, but it again will teach them skills that they can use as they grow up!
A great way of involving our kids is to equip them with the right gear that they need. If you live on a ranch and the kids will be working in the field, kids western wear can help them feel very included. Helping your kids feel included by looking the part perhaps might make them feel more excited about the hard work they will get to do! Your kids will always remember the day they go their first set of cowboy boots (or whatever other gear you get them!)
Don’t Limit Them
Sometimes getting your kids involved means letting them spread their wings and find their own passions and ways to get involved around the house. This is not to say that you should not involve your kids in picking up sticks and carrying them to the burn pile, or pulling weeds, or watering. All these tasks are great, trust me I know from years of doing these tasks! But we should not limit our kids to tasks like these.
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If your child loves to paint and has a knack for it, then teach them to paint a wall in your house. Perhaps by doing this you just found a new painter to help you with your next project!
Or maybe you have a child who loves to find healthy recipes and experiment in the kitchen. Let them, this might lead to a healthy lifestyle for the whole house.
By allowing your kids to get involved by sharing their passions they will not only be able to spread their wings, but it can also be a benefit to the family as well.
It is easy to get kids involved this summer with different jobs to not only teach them to work hard, but to find new things that they enjoy as well that can benefit the family and their future life.
How do you involve your kids around the house? Share in the comments.
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Michele is a Family Life Educator. She is a mom to 5 kids and loves helping others strengthen their families! When she is not blogging she is spending time with her family and running around drinking Diet Coke trying to get everything done!