If you give a kid a chore
Contrary to kids’ popular belief, doing chores is good for their health and emotional well-being. Sure, it’s way easier and takes much less time to take care of things around the house by yourself but, at the end of the day, there are a great many lessons being instilled into children by pushing around brooms and carrying around dust rags.
When a kid completes their chores and does them well, they usually receive praise. Praise helps in building self-esteem due to a sense of pride and accomplishment.
Seeing a chore through from start to finish, no matter how small the task at hand may be, will teach the importance of completing assignments.
Kids are part of a family, a team. Teams pull together to complete a goal. In the case of chores, a family takes part in household projects. Chores can teach kids the importance of working as a team.
Some age appropriate chores to consider:
Toddlers can help make beds, pick up their toys and help feed the family pets. Little ones love to help mop and swiffer/sweep and, with supervision, are perfectly capable of doing so.
Preschoolers can do anything toddlers can do. But, consider adding light dusting, set and clear silverware at the dinner table and put away groceries.
School-aged kids can partake any or all of the above suggestions. They can also help prepare simple meals, clean the bathrooms,empty the garbage (and take it to the curb), change their own beds, rake leaves, and maybe even do their own laundry.
If you’re thinking about using a chore chart, Melissa and Doug have a great magnetic chart. Helping Hands has a customizable, reusable hanging chore chart. And Dave Ramsey has a dry-erase chore chart that helps teach kids to earn their allowance.
Remember, consistency is key when you start to assign chores. It’s so much easier to plan out and assign the chores than it is to actually enforce them as martial law. In the end, though, giving kids chores helps two-fold. One, the lessons learned are priceless. And two, assigning chores to the kids lightens the load of the parent. It’s a win-win.
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