Tamariki benefit when they are given responsibility. Tasks around the house help tamariki understand where they belong and to care for whānau. With guidance from whānau, they will become thoughtful empathetic adults.

Why do it?

  • It gives tamariki a sense of belonging.
  • It builds skills they can learn and start to learn what adults do.

How to do it

 Make it easy and fun.

  • Let children do it their way.
  • Help them to make choices.

Small children can:

  • stir things while you hold the bowl
  • stand by you at the bench to cut vegetables or dry dishes
  • put spoons and other things on the table
  • help gather vegetables
  • fetch a nappy or powder for baby
  • take a message to someone else in the house
  • push the light switch or television button on or off
  • find the other shoe
  • go outside with you for the mail and carry it in
  • pass you the pegs when you’re hanging out washing
  • help with the dusting
  • put things in the rubbish bin.