Chores are an important part of childhood. It is rare to find a child that likes to do chores but most will look back when they are adults and understand that they were a good thing and be glad that their parents enforced them.
Chores are good for your child for several reasons. First of all, it helps to teach them responsibility. When a child learns that their family is relying on them to take care of a responsibility then they will take them it more seriously. Having an obligation to meet on a daily or weekly manner helps to learn the importance of consistency and having the ability to meet a routine.
Chores make your children feel more a part of the family. Of course, they know they are part of the family but it is good for their self esteem to know that they are able to pitch in and be a part of the work that needs to be done. They can feel good knowing that they met some of the needs of the family.
Lastly, chores give your children something to do to help them stay out of trouble. Free time is an important part of your child’s routine but too much free time leaves time for mischief. If your child is bored, they are more likely to get into trouble. Having chores gives them something constructive to do with their time.
It is important to find the right balance; free time for your child to be a child and some time spent doing chores. It is also important to give your child chores that are appropriate for their age. Start your children out with a few small chores such as folding towels or emptying small garbage cans and build on that with time.
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