Psychologist Albert Bandura originally coined the term self-efficacy. It refers to one’s confidence in their own ability to perform a given task. In other words, it’s how much a person believes they can do what they set their mind to.
As parents, we all want to raise kids who grow up to have self-efficacy. The best way to do that is to show our kids we trust them to help us with important tasks. Home improvement projects are an excellent example of this. To help you raise independent children, here are some home improvement projects you can do with your kids.
Redesigning Their Room
Allowing kids to have some sense of control over their space is a great way to build their confidence. Even if you don’t want to give them complete creative control over the room, allow them to make some preliminary design choices. Let them choose their own color scheme or bedding. Then, help them make their vision a reality by letting them assist with painting the walls or moving in furniture.
Decorating a Doghouse
Dogs aren’t particular about how their homes look. That makes a doghouse a perfect place to help kids learn how to use a paintbrush without worrying about how it comes out. Depending on your kids’ ages, you can get as ambitious with this project as you want. Younger kids can focus on painting the doghouse simple colors. Older kids can come up with creative designs or themes to decorate it.
Furniture overhauls are a fun way to begin introducing kids to more complicated construction-based tasks. Along with painting, you may find yourself sanding, sawing, and hammering. But because you’re working on a smaller scale, these projects are easier for kids to handle without feeling overwhelmed. Not to mention, you typically use low-priced, older furniture in upcycling, so there’s less stress about the project going south.
Creating a Garden
Not every project will happen in the house itself. Gardens help improve your home’s overall aesthetic and are the perfect way to teach kids about science and the art of cultivating life. This is another kid-friendly home improvement project that you can adjust depending on your children’s ages and skill levels. Very young children can stick with weeding, older kids can help with planting, and even older kids can help plan the garden.
Hanging a Picture Gallery
When you first introduce kids to home improvement, it helps to start with tasks that don’t require a lot of complicated steps. Hanging picture frames on the wall is about as simple as it gets. However, it does take a certain amount of care and self-control. They can then take these mental skills into other home improvement projects and other aspects of their lives as well.
Having kids help with projects around the home isn’t just about teaching them to use a hammer or paintbrush. It’s about showing them the value of hard work and that they are capable of doing it. Simple as it seems, these projects help them grow into adults who are brimming with self-efficacy.