I once heard someone say that kids should not be doing chores because our kids were not born to be our slaves. In my opinion, this person is completely missing the point. There are many benefits of chores.
Parents aren’t giving chores to kids because they want to get out of doing them themselves. Chores are a great learning tool that can teach kids quite a few valuable lessons.
I am of the mindset that chores are an essential part of growing up. Children should start doing them early on. In fact, I have some easy chores that my 2 year old is responsible for.
One of the main purposes of parenting is to raise a self-sufficient adult. Giving your kids a little responsibility around the home is a great way to help them thrive in adulthood.
Here are just a few of the reasons that kids need to be doing chores.
This is one of the most important benefits of chores. If you want your child to grow into a responsible adult, chores is a great way to do it! Giving them a task that is their own or an area of the house that they are in charge of keeping clean is a great way to help them be responsible later in life.
Teaches Valuable Life Skills
When kids start doing chores, they learn the important skills associated with running a home. If you start when they are young, it is more likely that it will become habit. This is something that is not taught in most schools, so it is even more essential that parents teach it at home.
Boosts Self Esteem
Kids gain confidence and self esteem when they are given chores that they are able to complete on their own. Praising them for their efforts will give them an even bigger boost. Making sure the chores are age appropriate is key. Giving them something beyond their ability is setting them up for failure.
In a study conducted by Harvard over 75 years, kids who were given chores became more independent adults.
A child cannot fully understand the work that goes into a particular chore until they have done it themselves. They will gain a new respect for your time and effort once they start doing it. Slowly but surely they will come to realize all the work that you put in.
Have you ever finished folding laundry, just to have your kids knock your neat piles all over the floor? Or as soon as you finish cleaning the floors, in walk the kids with their muddy shoes to ruin all of your hard work? If you give the kids one of the chores they frequently destroy, they will soon learn that their actions can have consequences.
Opportunity To Learn About Money
I recently started implementing a commission system in my home for certain chores. I create a chore chart for each child with tasks they can earn money for completing. This gives my kids the opportunity to earn a little pocket money each week. Not only does this teach them about the value of money, it will also provide the opportunity for them to start learning how to handle money.
Keeps Them Busy
Now, I am certainly not saying that we should fill all of your kids free time with chores. But this is a great way to give them something to do and keep them active and busy. This is an especially great way to keep your kids active when you are stuck indoors.
Lightens The Load
Once kids start taking on some of the household tasks, it lightens up the load for the parents. Take advantage of your kids natural willingness to help and get them started early. This will give you more free time to spend with them doing fun things together as a family.
So as you can see, there is a lot to be said for giving kids chores around the home. I do agree that kids are not born to be our slaves, but we also don’t want our children to grow into entitled adults who feel like everything in life should be handed to them.
I would love to know what your thoughts are on chores. Which side of the debate are you on? At what age do you start to get your kids involved around the home?