Here are 3 “magic” phrases that help grow responsible kids:
1. “Can I help you with anything?”
Some kids can get lost in their own little worlds. They don’t really notice if you’re struggling with grocery bags or surrounded by a mountain of dishes.
Kids have much different priorities than adults (hello, Minecraft!). Kids may assume you’ve got things under control.
When you teach them to say “Can I help you with anything?” it helps them to look beyond themselves.
After practicing this phrase, you may be pleasantly surprised at the times it pops out of your child’s mouth. (Be sure to praise them when it does!)
2. “Report back.”
We’ve used this phrase for years. When I’m giving instructions or perhaps asking a child to clean his room (grab your printable cleaning checklist here), I’ll usually end my instruction with “and report back.”
My kids know this means the job isn’t done until they’ve notified me and I’ve inspected their work. This helps keep them from wandering off with a job half-done. It helps me, too, to make sure they’ve done what I asked of them.
3. “Go the extra mile.”
I also use this one when I’m giving instructions. See, my kids are human (yours, too?!) So they might get a little sloppy with their chores at times.
They might tidy up the kitchen but leave crumbs in the sink. They might pick up the toys in the homeschool room, but ignore the ones right outside the door.
There has to be more though, right?
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