TOPIC: CHORES AND CONTRIBUTION
On this week’s Talk to me Tuesday, we talked about chores and contributions. Participation in activities that help the household, classroom, group or community function is an integral part of building our sense of belonging (connection) and significance (importance). It helps us develop our social interest (care for others) which has been linked to good mental health.
Contribution builds connection & connection encourages contribution.When we participate we feel more connected. And when we feel more connected we are more likely to participate. Kids feel belonging (connection) and importance (capable) when they have opportunities to contribute.Kids learn life skills, develop social interest and feel capable by helping out at home.
- Brainstorm a family job list together.
- Create fun ways to rotate jobs, such as a job wheel with a spinner, job charts, or a job jar for “fishing” out chores for the week.
- Take time for job training — do chores with them until they can handle it on their own.
- Create a time when the family works together to complete chores. Put some music on and make it fun. Keep the time short at first 10-15mins for kids under 8 yrs old.
Essential Oil Suggestion:
Blue Tansy assists with motivation and inspiration to participate.
Cypress can help us be more flexible when it comes to participating in chores or allowing others to do it “their way”.
Cedarwood helps us build that sense of social interest and community, encouraging us to contribute and participate.
Usage: Parents and kids can use these oils topically by applying them diluted on the inner arms and neck, or diffusing a drop of each.
If you found this post helpful, make sure to tune into next Tuesday’s Facebook Live where I’ll be talking about handing meltdowns and tantrums. If you have a topic or question you’d like me to address please comment below or send me an email or DM.