Raising your children to be responsible is a key part of their childhood development. Research shows that about 94% of parents in the US believe it is important to teach their children how to be responsible. Are you wondering how you can do that in a way that will stick with your kids for life? House chores have been proven to be one of the best ways to do so, and here are a few reasons why.
Gives them a sense of personal responsibility
Allowing your kids to do household chores doesn’t only teach them how to care for the home, but also equips them with skills they need to take care of themselves wherever they may be. These skills include learning how to clean up after themselves, being time conscious, helping with meals, and taking good care of their personal items. This helps them to settle quickly when they grow older and find themselves in any new environment such as college.
Provides bonding time for family
House chores can also be a great way to spend quality time together with your kids, which in turn reminds them of the importance of family. You can pair them up in teams to get the chores done or let them give you a helping hand in the more demanding tasks, so it can be finished as early as possible. This gives you some free time to spend with your children doing other fun activities together. As a result, they will not see chores as something to dread, but rather a chance to create some memories together. This will also help them to grow into responsible and loving parents who place value on family.
Builds their relationship skills
Did you know house chores can also teach your children how to relate well with others? For example, when your kid tries to negotiate with you on whether they could do the chores earlier so they could go on a playdate, they’re developing their negotiation skills which could later come in handy in their career. Or again, when they’re taught to accept chores that are delegated to them and do it within the time you give them, this teaches them to do what is expected of them and how to cooperate with others. In the case where they do the chores with their siblings, this also fosters in them a team spirit which will be useful later in their group assignments, jobs etc.
Household chores help children to feel responsible, especially when you make it a point to praise them when they carry out their responsibilities well. Remember to consider your child’s age to guide you in which chores to assign to them, as not all chores may be appropriate for children. This will help reduce the incidence of child injuries. For example, if you need your windows thoroughly cleaned, it is more advisable to hire professional window cleaners and never allow young children near windows, to protect them from dangers such as falling.