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