5 Reasons Why Teaching Chores is Valuable For Kids October 30 2014

  1. Implementing a chore system that requires children to do tasks around the house helps define structure and consistency to expectations. You can establish routines: daily morning chores, help mom with the evening meal, chores after school or dinner, and Saturday chores when you have a bit more time.  The consistency in the routines creates the practice which forms the habit of helping.
  2. When you implement a system of chores that are daily for all children but then also have jobs that rotate, children learn fairness - everyone who is part of the household learns to contribute to helping it run smoothly and that means everyone takes turns at the more distasteful tasks.
  3. Requiring chores builds accountability and the opportunity for children to learn responsibility. We want to have our children grow to be self-governing and to learn how to manage their property and the duties expected of them. These lessons learned in the home are valuable in every other arena.
  4. When families require the accountability of regular chores, parents have occasion to address many other character issues:  obedience - doing what you're asked to do; thoroughness - completing a task and doing it well; initiative - seeing what needs to be done and doing it without being asked; perseverance - learning to do something even if you don't feel like it.  Children become successful as their character is refined.
  5. Teaching children to do chores helps establish a work ethic - the ability and the willingness to work.  This ability and mindset learned at home translates to success in the classroom, on a sports team, learning to play an instrument, and someday, succeeding in the work world. 
Children should start chores at around 3 years old. Download our free "Age Appropriate Chore Guide" at:  www.familytools.com to learn what chores at what age are appropriate.