Completing chores promotes the development of many basic skills necessary for success in life. For younger children completing simple chores such as folding clothes or helping to make their bed can improve coordination and motor skills. Completing chores also enhances a child’s ability to follow directions and helps develop planning and organizing skills. Completing chores also helps children develop time management skills.
Doing chores also helps children develop a sense of responsibility. They not only engage in self-help skills which fosters a sense of independence but also a sense of shared responsibility and contributing to the well-being of the whole family. Successfully completing chores also promotes feelings of self-worth and belonging. When parents do everything, children may feel either dependent on others or may feel entitled and expect things to be done for them.
Here are some points why doing chores is essential to children:
Chores help teach life skills. They’re young now, but they won’t be kids forever! Laundry, cooking and budgeting are just some of the skills your kids will need once they finally move out.
Chores help kids learn responsibility and self-reliance. Assigning children regular chores helps teach them responsibility. Tasks that personally affect your kids can help them become more self-reliant at the same time.
Chores help teach teamwork. Being a productive member of a team can be modelled for children through housework.
Chores help reinforce respect. It takes moving away from home for most of us to fully appreciate all the hard work our parents did around the house.
Chores help build a strong work ethic. Chores are commonly tied to a reward, such as an allowance or TV time. Rewarding children for a job well done can also spark an entrepreneurial spirit, inspiring them to work outside the house once they reach their teens.
Chores help improve planning and time management skills. It feels like there are a million things to do in a day, and fitting it all into our diaries is a challenge! Chores can help older kids and teens build good habits early. Juggling schoolwork deadlines, housework and their social lives helps them learn to set priorities and manage their time, important skills for the working world.
Chores give families a chance to bond. People often lament that chores take up time they could be spending with their kids or grandkids. But chores can actually create special moments between children and adults. Little ones who always want to help will feel important and receive a self-esteem boost, and moody teens may decide to open up over a shared task.
Children may not thank you in the short term for giving them chores. This is a case where the goal is not necessarily to make your children happy; rather it is to teach them life skills and a sense of responsibility that will last a lifetime.