Entertaining Younger Siblings While You’re Busy
With practice and careful oversight by parents, children as young as 10 might be ready to entertain younger siblings when the adults are busy cooking or doing other kinds of household tasks. Show your child what to do when he’s in charge, and be ready to step in if needed. Kids who have trouble with balance and coordination may be frustrated by chores that require a lot of movement. But there are still plenty of ways your child can keep younger siblings occupied, such as reading to them and playing board games.
Giving your child this kind of responsibility can help improve his self-esteem. Learn more about the value of asking kids to do chores.