Did you know chores can actually bring your child pleasure and fulfillment? Judith Costello, author of Zen Parenting, believes that children can use daily chores, such as tidying up or cooking a meal, as opportunities to find moments of Zen.
Just think: as you concentrate, whether while preparing a snack or making your bed, you are mindfully engaging in a process that focuses your attention and energy on a single thing. Costello explains that concentrating your entire being on one activity brings your awareness to the present moment, and away from worries and distractions.
Children have a natural ability to merge what they are doing with being fully present in the moment. Zen Parenting shares a simple way you can help your child nurture this skill, while finding satisfaction in their efforts: daily chores.
Living the Zen Parenting Lesson:
Plan a list of regular chores for every member of the family. Help your child understand that his chores aren’t just work, but they’re his opportunity to give back to the family.
Below are some ideas that can give your child a specific task to focus on, that will also help him understand his greater contribution to the family.
- Water the plants.
- Scrub the sink.
- Feed the pets.
- Make the sandwiches.
- Set the table.
- Wash the dishes.
- Put laundry in the laundry room.
- Sweep the floor.
Find more ideas to bring awareness and mindfulness to your family in Zen Parenting.