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Give Them Chores

Do your kids have chores? If not, they should. Here’s why.

On any given Saturday morning, what are your kids doing? If they’re sleeping in, watching cartoons, or playing outside, who’s doing the vacuuming, dusting, and laundry? When the majority of household chores fall on mom or dad, it’s time to make some changes.

All too often parents underestimate the ability of their children to pitch in around the house. Some parents live in fear of their kids and don’t want to ask their kids to do something that could cause a tantrum or argument. Others feel their kids are overworked at school or overwhelmed from stress, so they tend to protect them from responsibility at home.

However, if you don’t want kids who grow up spoiled, spoon-fed, and self-absorbed, it’s time to put them to work. Here’s why.

Self-Esteem

A teenager who doesn’t know how to load the dishwasher, make a bed, or operate a vacuum cleaner is more likely to suffer low self-esteem. Starting chores at an early age (3 or 4 years of age) teaches a child that he or she can learn a task and become good at it. Children don’t have to feel overwhelmed about new challenges, but can figure out how to do a job. It feels good to complete a task and to get a “Thank you” from mom and a high-five from dad.

Responsibility

Caring for a pet to keep it alive, mowing the lawn before dad gets home from work, or cleaning a bedroom before being allowed outside to play are effective ways to teach kids responsibility. The character trait is further instilled when there are consequences for not doing their duty and rewards for a job well done. A child who learns responsibility at a young age is more likely to be a responsible adult.

Family Connection

Meals don’t just magically appear on the table or clean clothes in the closet. It takes work to keep a household running smoothly. To keep mom from getting burned out or dad from becoming stressed out, it’s important to divvy up household responsibilities. When each member contributes to the family, it fosters a sense of connection and camaraderie. Kids helped make the mess, so they can help clean it up.

Delayed Gratification

You’ve seen a toddler throw a fit when he can’t have the toy he sees in the store. He wants what he wants when he wants it. Kids are impulsive and delayed gratification is a learned trait. Chores are a way parents can help their children learn how to deal with frustration and unmet desires. Let your kids do things on their own and learn from their mistakes and they’ll become more competent adults.

Valuable Skills

Going off to college will be a lot harder for someone who doesn’t know how to do laundry, make a bed, or manage time. Chores help teach kids valuable life skills. It’s easier to learn new things as a child than as an adult. Prepare your children for life by teaching them while they’re young. They’ll thank you later and their friends will envy their skills!

Value of Hard Work

Employers recognize and reward employees who work hard at their job. Success in the workforce starts at a young age. Kids don’t just learn the value of hard work at school but though chores at home. A picked-up room, a yard free from leaves, or a shiny car don’t happen by accident. They’re all the result of hard work.