How To Teach Your Minis House Chores and Enjoy It!


The word “chore” tends to have a negative connotation. I can think of a million other things that are more fun than washing the dishes, folding laundry, or cleaning out the fridge—but it has to get done.

Teaching the value of chores to your kids can be a positive experience. It will require lots of patience, encouragement, and open communication. Household chores are about giving your kids the opportunity to participate in something greater than themselves which will foster a sense of life purpose.

Having your children participate in chores also teaches them responsibilities, basic household skills, and the value of hard work that they will take with them into adulthood.

Start as early as possible

Children are capable of doing a lot more than we realise. We need to give them the opportunity to show us.

You can teach basic chores to your child as young as 2 years old. Have your toddler put away their toys, toss rubbish in the bin, and fetch their own diapers and wipes.

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Have patience

Your child’s “assistance” might take twice as long to complete than you doing it yourself, but resist the urge to shoo your toddler away when they volunteer to help you with chores.

Accept your child’s enthusiasm. If they’re younger, their work probably won’t be the best or the most efficient way to complete the job, but at least they’re eager to help you!

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Demonstrate gratitude

This ties into teaching your children gratitude which extends above good manners. It’s a matter of perspective. Demonstrating gratitude to your children for their thoughtfulness and efforts is the best way to instil gratitude into their daily lives.

Practising gratitude teaches that the toys, food, and comforts in the home don’t manifest out of thin air. Everything takes effort and work— when children realise that, they’re less likely to have that sense of spoiled entitlement and can begin to develop a healthy understanding of how interdependent we are.

Create a routine

If you want these lessons to stick with your kids, make a routine out of it. Take the nagging out of chores and make some chores a non-negotiable action.

For example: Get your children to automatically used to picking up after themselves once they’re done playing; have everyone in the family assemble to the dinner table and clear it away after meals, or emptying the trash bin if they’re the last to fill it up.

You can also schedule a family cooking night on Sundays where the kids help prepare the meal, teach your kids to maintain the garden, or take the dog on the evening walk together after homework.

Give more responsibility and autonomy

Chipping into household chores teaches your children how to work, be accountable, and earn a sense of pride for their efforts.

The more accustomed they’ve become to doing simple chores, the better they’ll be at learning new complex tasks. Like taking on extra jobs to earn spending money, teaching family budgeting, and cooking meals.

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Avoid nagging

Practice makes better! Sometimes we can’t help but nag when frustration builds, but learning to use our words effectively will have a better effect on your children’s willingness to participate in chores.

Clearly communicate your expectations to your children ahead of time. You can also opt for one-word reminders instead of lengthy nags to prompt your kids to complete a task.

Set a good example

Motivation and emotion play a huge factor in getting your children to participate in chores. Children have a natural drive to be productive and are drawn to ask with clearly set goals.

If you show your children how to do your chores around the house in a timely manner without complaints, they are likely to model these behaviours after you. Let them know what tasks you’re working on and why it’s important to the family.

Having your children participate in chores also teaches them responsibilities, basic household skills, and the value of hard work that they will take with them into adulthood.


Manual tasks and learning to go hand in hand. Cooking, cleaning, laundry, equip your children with the skills they’ll need to function as an independent adult. These are skills that aren’t taught in school but are taught in the real world and in your home.

Download our Free Family Planner and place it on your fridge to help establish a family routine with chores. 

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Why your older children shouldn't be nannies for your younger children

Teens should be nannies for your younger children

It's great to have your older kids and teenagers help you around the house to teach them responsibility. But there is a difference between having your 12-year-old keep an eye on the toddler while you are busy cooking, and another to have them care for toddlers for hours in the day unattended. 

Age and maturity matters when it comes to proper childcare. In Queensland, there are legal minimum age requirements for leaving your children unattended in the home. If you leave a child under the age of 12 for an "unreasonable time" you will have committed a misdemeanour Regardless of this, the level of maturity of the child left unattended is another story.

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Does your teenager understand the responsibility of caring for children? Are they mature enough to take control of a situation should an accident occur while they are babysitting?

Teaching your children responsibility is one thing, but giving your children too much responsibility can lead to a whole other problem. Solely relying on your teen to nanny your younger children might be putting too much pressure on them, let kids be kids while they can.

It's not the obligation of your older children to take care of their younger siblings at every beckon call. Having your children look after their younger siblings should be an act of love. You don't want to breed resentment in your children for forcing them to take on more responsibility. 

Teenagers should be compensated for their time and not pressured into babysitting their younger siblings. Teens have school work, extra-curricular engagements, social lives and sometimes part-time work on their plate. 

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Finding a qualified and reliable nanny in Brisbane through reliable nanny recruitment agencies like Mini is the best childcare option. Nannies are professionals. You can rest assured that your children are in capable hands and will be receiving the quality one-on-one attention that is simply not available in crowded day-homes or with busy teens. 

There are many benefits of hiring a nanny service for your family. Having a professional, qualified nanny will give you that peace of mind and relief some pressure off of you and your older children. 

Your nanny will really get to know your family routines, understand your children's developmental needs, and will be the extra hands you need around the house when you're not there. 

Nannies have more flexibility than hiring your teenager to babysit. With a nanny, you make the schedule and benefit from their flexibility. If one of your little one is not feeling well, you can call your nanny to help you keep a watchful eye on them in the comfort of your home while you work. 

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Traveling for work? Find a Brisbane nanny now to help you fill in the child-caring gaps with household management, school pick-ups, and drop-offs, and meal prep and know that your kids are in great care with consistent communication.

Mini Nanny Agency will recruit the perfect Nanny for your household with skills teens don't have. Nannies make a career out of caring for children.  Plenty of nannies have degrees and experience in children's' education who are happy to help tutor in various subjects. You'll find nannies are willing to undergo further certifications and courses to keep up with children's development and special needs care.

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Each nanny candidate brings in a wealth of knowledge and experience to your household from working with other families that your teenager won't have, and it's our pleasure to help you find the perfect nanny for your family. 

Do you have questions on where and how to search for hiring a nanny service? Read up on some our helpful tips on recruiting a nanny or call the Mini Nanny Agency today to recruit your family a casual, contract, part-time, and full-time nanny and house manager role. 


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Protect You and Your Kids' Skin From The Sun

By: Katrina Lubiano


With the approach of the hot and sunny Queensland summer, it is getting to be increasingly important that your children are protected with a good quality sun block to keep their skin safe from the intense Australian sun.

The Dangers of UV light

UV light comes in 2 main forms, UVA, and UVB. Don’t be fooled by recent advertisements suggesting UVA is safer than UVB. They both have the same amount of danger and both will damage the skin. Children are especially affected by exposure to UV, which can increase the chances of getting skin cancer later in life.


What Does SPF Mean?

SPF stands for “sun protection factor”. It is a scale designed to measure the ability for a sunblock to protect the skin from UV light radiation. It works by multiplying the SPF by the time it takes your child's skin to redden in the sun.

For example; if it takes 15 minutes for your child's skin to redden without sunscreen, then it would take 15 minutes multiplied by 15 (SPF). With an SPF 15 sunblock, it would now take your child around 225 minutes for their skin to redden.

This of course depends on the amount of sunscreen applied, and whether or not your child has gone into the water or not.


How To Protect your Child From Sun Damage

It is important to ensure your child has adequate amounts of sunblock while outside. Wear proper clothing to protect the head, neck and face from the sun's rays, and repeat sunblock applications after swimming or entering the water.

1. Role Modelling

The main goal when it comes to childrens sunscreen application is to develop lifelong patterns. Skin cancer and UV damage don’t happen after a single exposure, but rather, after many repeated exposures. This is why role modelling and regularity can offer so much of a benefit for protecting your children from the damaging effects of UV. Children learn mainly by watching their parents or guardians, so teaching them these skills requires ready

Role modelling has proven so effective, that it has prompted several recent studies on the effects of role modelling on a children's behaviour and their ability or likelihood of developing a variety of healthy habits (like using sunblock). The results have all shown a strong connection between the regular actions and role modelling from a parent or guardian.

Role modelling is one of the most significant actions a parent can take towards instilling healthy behaviours like regular sunscreen use in their children.


2. Choose The Right Sunblock

Occlusive (Physical) Sunblocks

Physical or occlusive sunblocks use a physical filter to block the sun's rays. They are also commonly called mineral or inorganic sunscreens. They work by placing a barrier such as mineral particles like zinc oxide, or titanium dioxide to block the sun's rays from reaching the skin. They reflect the sun's rays, and stop them from damaging the skin.

In truth, these sunscreens will not completely block all of the sun's rays, but a good sunblock will manage to keep out the vast majority of the sun’s harmful rays.

Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are both very safe to use, and will not absorb into the skin. They are the best option for children with sensitive skin as they won’t cause irritations. In fact, zinc oxide is actually a common additive in products designed for reducing skin irritations and inflammation!

Chemical sunblocks

Chemical sunscreens use special chemicals to filter the light hitting the skin instead of blocking it like physical sunscreens.

They work by actually absorbing the UV rays, and converting them to heat which is dissipated across the skin.

These sunscreens come with a variety of positive and negatives. Eye irritation, skin inflammations, rashes, and photosensitivity are all negatives of using this type of sunscreen.

The positive is that a good quality chemical sunblock can neutralize nearly all of the UV that reaches the skin including both UVA and UVB. They also tend to be more common in the waterproof sunscreens.


3. Clothing

Make sure your children are wearing a hat that covers the entire head, especially the ears and eyes. This is going to offer better protection than any sunscreen. Choose a wide brimmed hat for best results.

It is also important that your child has sunglasses with a UV coating. The eyes are very sensitive to UV and can easily become damaged in the intense Queensland sun. Without protecting the eyes, UV exposure can lead to cataracts or worse which can diminish vision and eye health later in life.

Sunscreen and Babies

Babies have notoriously sensitive skin. For this reason, it is important to avoid putting any chemicals on your baby's skin. Try to avoid using sunscreen until about the 6 month mark unless you can find a sunblock with zinc oxide as the only active ingredient. Even with these sunblocks, try to use only on small areas of the body, and rely more on shade, and clothing to protect your baby's skin.

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