The Involvement Technique

Getting your children involved with chores and shopping trips can make all the difference to how much they (and you!) enjoy them. As seen on the Supernanny show, the Involvement Technique gives you some tips to get you started

You probably already do something like this with your younger children, especially when you’re caring for them from home. The Involvement Technique works by getting your child to help you in an activity (‘Could you help me fold this t-shirt?’ ‘Where does this toy live when we tidy up?’).

A more structured version of this method can help in situations where your attention is diverted and which trigger attention-seeking behaviour in your child, like aggressive shouting or tantrums.

The supermarket is a classic example of this kind of situation, or when you’re trying to get dinner on the table. This technique gives you the tools to set aside the attention children need, whilst building their independence and responsibility – and allows you to get chores done!

Chores can be fun

Small children haven’t had time to get bored with cleaning, folding, sorting, fetching, carrying and tidying yet. So take advantage of this, give them a clean cloth and heap on the praise when they do a good job.

Older children can also be drawn in to what you’re doing. Choose an activity where you’ll be occupied doing something else, such as a trip to the supermarket or preparing dinner.

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