Do you need to do some home improvements? Do you think you should upkeep your garden properly? Whether you are thinking of a small or a big project, always try to get your kids involved. Of course, you cannot ask them to do something dangerous or tasks that are not appropriate for their personals skills and age. However, asking their opinion on how they want certain things to be done will make them feel important and will encourage them to speak up their minds and be more open towards their relationship to you.
Getting your children involved with home improvements will teach them positive values such as teamwork, respect, decision-making, and hard work. It can also serve as a bonding time for you and your kids. This can be the time wherein they can open-up about whatever they think. Remember that you want to teach them values but don’t be serious about them doing the tasks. Kids want to do things that are fun. Be patient when they make mistakes or they are becoming playful again. Be gentle when you give instructions as well as when you explain why they are doing it wrong.
Supervise them in every step of the way. If it’s their first time to do a task, show them how to do it first. Let them do the task in front of you before you let them do it by themselves. Make sure that they’re safe and the surroundings are not posing any threat or danger to them.
As for the tasks, here are some home improvement ideas your kids will have fun doing:
Painting: Kids love colors. Whether you will be painting furniture or an entire room, you can ask help from your little assistants.
Building playhouse. They know it’s for them so they might just volunteer to do it anyway. Just don’t let them do carpentry works but they can help you with the painting, hammering and the measuring part of the project.
Gardening: Kids don’t mind getting dirty. Let them help you plant vegetables, shrubs, and herbs. They can also water the plants or pick ripe produce. It is also a fun way for them to get familiar with different types of plants, fruits, and vegetables.
Re-decorating the house: You can ask them to assist you to move smaller pieces of furniture, figurines, throw pillows, etc. Ask them to help you put the carpets on. If you are thinking of putting wallpapers, those small hands can be of great help.