Sometimes parents wonder if they should give their kids chores. After all, isn't it the parents' responsibility to manage the household? And don't kids need an opportunity to 'just be kids' for now because they have the rest of their lives to worry about chores?
Kids who do chores learn responsibility and gain essential life skills that will serve them well throughout their lives.
Chores were the best predictor of kids being more likely to become happy, healthy, independent adults.
Why is sweeping the floor and clearing the table so essential to kids' well-being in life? One reason is that kids feel competent when they do their chores. So whether they're making their bed or sweeping the floor, helping out around the house helps kids feel capable.
Doing chores also helps kids feel like they're part of the team. Pitching in and helping family members is good for them, encouraging them to be good citizens.
Chores for Preschoolers
Preschool children can be given simple chores that involve picking up after themselves. Tasks should include picking up their toys each day. They can also begin to learn how to pick up their room and put their dishes away after a meal.
Chores for School-Age Children
Once children begin attending school, their responsibility for chores should increase as well. School-age children should continue to do chores that involve picking up after themselves. For example, teach your kids to put their shoes and backpacks away when they get home from school.
Gradually add new chores to your child's chore list. As chores become more complex, teach them in a step-by-step manner how to do each task.
For example, if a child is expected to put his clothes away, teach him where to put the clothes and discuss your expectations. Praise his effort and encourage him to keep practising. Don't expect perfection.