8 Valuable and festive chores for kids on Christmas Day
Christmas Day can be a stressful time as there is so much to be done and the expectations are high.
But it doesn’t have to be like this – if everyone lends a hand, it should become a more manageable experience making it fun for every member of the family. Once the stockings have been opened and the presents under the tree distributed, thoughts quickly turn to dinner preparations; there can seem to be no time to enjoy the moment.
So how can we spread the workload and encourage our children to help us out without turning into the nag who ruined Christmas?!
Firstly, make sure that you explain to your children how the day is going to work and set your expectations before the Big Day arrives. You could make a chart outlining your child’s tasks – maybe you could hold back a gift that they will receive at the end of the day if they have completed them all.
Every parent wants their child to have a magical Christmas – but sometimes this can be to the detriment of the adults in the family who end up running around like headless chickens! By getting your children to help out, you will be teaching them how to be responsible and will ensure that your whole family has an enjoyable Christmas Day.
Get the children to put their discarded wrapping paper into a box/bin bag after they have opened their gifts – this will reduce the amount of time tidying up and it will slow the children down as they will have to collect up the paper after they have opened each gift.
Once the gifts have been opened and the paper is tidied, ask your children to put their presents into a pile before they start ripping open the packaging. By doing this, the children will be able to see exactly what they have and will be able to make a more informed decision as to what they want to play with first.
When it comes to breakfast, get the children to set the table and help tidy away afterwards. They could put things back in the fridge; put plates and cutlery in the dishwasher or sweep under the table – there is always lots to do.
Your children will enjoy getting involved with the prepping for Christmas dinner. Can they wash and chop the vegetables before putting them into the saucepans? Can they set the table and fold the napkins? Older children will be able to welcome guests into the house and help serve them drinks and snacks.
After dinner, make sure your children help clear the table. If you have more than one child, they could all have a specific job which they have to complete before they go off to play.
Even though we want our children to help out, we need to keep in mind that they are children and that Christmas is a time for joy, happiness and good memories – it’s all about getting the correct balance.
Tags: child responsibilities, Christmas, family, learning responsibilities
This post was written by Claire Gillies