When Summer was young, my husband was wondering when she’s going to help him wash the car. He wanted it to be like a family event. It is not an easy task. It is tedious. So the more helping hands the better. It is also a good venue to bond together as a family and teach my daughter the value of cleanliness. More importantly, teach her how to save money. Here, a good car wash is really expensive. It ranges from 350 to 1,500 baht depending on whatever premiums you want to get. Even if we have it washed for only twice a week, that is already 600 to 3,000 baht off the budget. We would rather use it to buy food and/or spend it on gas, and drive around, which we LOVE to do.
So instead of going to the car wash, here is Summer, helping her Papa wash the car. She loves it. Her task is to wash the soap off by spraying water. She likes it. She likes even more when she gets soaked. I don’t know the explanation behind kids liking to get soaked. When I was young I do my own laundry, I like it when my entire arms are soaked in soap and water (we did not have a washing machine then).
For me kids, even at an early age, should be given responsibilities. Ones that they are capable of doing of course. Otherwise, instead of inculcating the value of being responsible she will grow up just the opposite because she can not do the task and ends up frustrated. This way she will feel good about herself for accomplishing something. This will be able to practice her ability to make decisions. This will also develop her psychomotor skills.
Generally, this is a very good learning experience for Summer.
Can you suggest of other responsibilities kids like Summer can handle? Just leave your ideas below.
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