Many adults do not like the cot­tage pre­cise­ly because of the need to work hard on it. What can we say about chil­dren, for whom the coun­try affairs of adults are usu­al­ly bor­ing and com­pli­cat­ed? If a child is grad­u­al­ly accus­tomed to work from a young age, then there is a chance to increase inter­est in coun­try “adven­tures”, to instill dili­gence and respon­si­bil­i­ty in him. We found eight life hacks that will allow par­ents to teach their child to help in the coun­try­side.

Method number 1: Give children’s equipment

One of the most com­mon rea­sons for the lack of love for work in the coun­try is equip­ment that is not suit­able for age. The child is sim­ply uncom­fort­able to use it! Some­times the rake is larg­er than the baby itself, and sev­er­al times heav­ier than it. Of course, this caus­es dis­com­fort and pre­ma­ture fatigue in the child.

What to do? It is enough to pur­chase kinder­garten equip­ment! In spe­cial­ized stores you can find small brooms, small scoops with a com­fort­able han­dle, light buck­ets. And the kids can be giv­en toys with which they go to the sand­box. For exam­ple, bright col­or­ful shov­els and rakes — the child will per­ceive coun­try affairs not as hard work, but as a game.

Method #2: Assign simple tasks

It must be remem­bered that coun­try work should be fea­si­ble, and not exhaust­ing in any way. There­fore, it is nec­es­sary to start accus­tom­ing chil­dren to help in the coun­try with easy, sim­ple assign­ments. In par­tic­u­lar, kids can inde­pen­dent­ly water veg­eta­bles in a green­house or flow­ers in a flower bed. A lit­tle old­er chil­dren can clean fall­en leaves or grass clip­pings into small piles. No one can­celed lunch — let the young helpers set the table and col­lect every­thing that is need­ed for the sal­ad from the beds.

Method number 3: Trust the technician

It’s no secret that chil­dren love dif­fer­ent tech­niques: the more intri­cate it is, the faster they want to try it out! It is quite pos­si­ble for a child to be instruct­ed to cut the grass with a lawn mow­er or arrange fruit on a tum­ble dry­er. Of course, this must be done under adult super­vi­sion.

There is only one rule here: if a child is inter­est­ed in tech­nol­o­gy and wants to try it, it is worth allow­ing it. So the chil­dren will under­stand that they have earned the trust of their par­ents, and will not lose inter­est in coun­try affairs.

Method #4: Organize Teamwork

Best of all, a child is moti­vat­ed to work in a com­pa­ny. Do not stand aside and com­plete tasks togeth­er! Togeth­er, sweep, water, mow grass, paint the fence. The child should see that coun­try work can be fun and inter­est­ing. It is good if the par­ents them­selves show a per­son­al inter­est in this mat­ter: they glad­ly spud, dig in the ground and har­vest. While work­ing, you can lis­ten to cheer­ful music, play cities or talk with chil­dren on any inter­est­ing top­ic.

Method #5: Give Choice

Some­times you can go to the trick. You should not wave your hands and roll your eyes if the son refus­es to weed the beds, and the daugh­ter refus­es to cut the sal­ad. But you can give them a choice: “Choose what you will do today: water the flow­ers in the flower gar­den, pick car­rots or help dad mow the lawn?”. The child will def­i­nite­ly choose what he likes the most.

Method number 6: Notice the results of labor

No one wants to work in the coun­try if his efforts are not noticed, and maybe even crit­i­cized! The child cer­tain­ly needs to show the results of his fruit­ful work. For exam­ple: “Look how lush the ros­es have grown! It’s because you watered them”, “Now we have beau­ti­ful grass on the lawn, because you removed all the garbage from it”, “Thank you for water­ing the gar­den — I would not have done it so quick­ly with­out you!”.

Sup­port and encour­age­ment is very impor­tant, oth­er­wise chil­dren’s moti­va­tion is sim­ply nowhere to come from. What does it mean to “learn to work”? First of all, to show how inter­est­ing it is to dig up the beds, to wait and wait for the first peonies and the crop grown by one­self.

Method number 7: Negotiate

In ado­les­cence, teach­ing a child to help in the coun­try is much more dif­fi­cult than a preschool­er. It remains only to learn to nego­ti­ate.

Con­ver­sa­tions can be built based on objec­tive rea­sons: “We will not have time to weed the pota­toes and water the apple orchard alone. If you help us, we will have a big and tasty har­vest.” You can nego­ti­ate a com­pro­mise: “Let’s invite your friends over and have a pic­nic, and you can quick­ly paint the fence before the end of the week.”

There is anoth­er option — to des­ig­nate the teenager’s area of ​​​​respon­si­bil­i­ty. Assign him a ter­ri­to­ry: flower beds, gaze­bo, straw­ber­ry gar­den or lawn. Let it be only one kind of coun­try busi­ness (clean­ing, weed­ing, water­ing), but at his dis­pos­al. Show that you trust the teenag­er and con­sid­er him an adult so that he alone con­trols his busi­ness. Do not for­get to appre­ci­ate his efforts when the fence is paint­ed and the beds are dug up.

Method number 8: Develop a positive attitude towards the cottage

Most often, chil­dren do not want to help in the coun­try, because they per­ceive it as a place of coer­cion and pres­sure. Par­ents should do every­thing pos­si­ble so that the dacha is “retrained” into a place of rest, joy and fun.

Yes, you will have to work and help on the site! But this is for the ben­e­fit of each fam­i­ly mem­ber, because every­one wants to have a clean lawn, fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles on the table and beau­ti­ful self­ies.

What to do? Cre­ate pleas­ant asso­ci­a­tions with the cot­tage. In the win­ter, play here with the kids here and make snow­men, in the sum­mer, have water pis­tol fights and pic­nics, and in the fall, drink herbal tea in the yard by the fire. Per­haps this will help to imbue with warm feel­ings, and the chil­dren will help with plea­sure of their own free will, and not from under duress.