Some of the important lessons that can benefit children as they grow can be taught at home. Teaching kids to do chores is a rewarding experience not only for children but for parents as well. One of the significant roles of parents is to set a good example for their children. Remember that young kids learn by observing and following their parents or guardians. Be a good role model to your children by leading through example.
Children who are taught to do chores at an early age are more likely to have less trouble maintaining orderliness, cleanliness and consistency in their adult lives. Being accountable for tasks builds character and develops sense of responsibility. Kids who regularly do chores learn to help out around the house on their own volition.
This chart lists down chores that are appropriate for certain age groups. Please be reminded that the chart is just a guide.
Kids mature at a different pace. As a parent, you know the capabilities of your child better than anyone. You should consider your child’s abilities and level of maturity when assigning tasks.
Here are some benefits of teaching kids to do chores.
Responsibility– It is important for children to experience a sense of responsibility and self worth by assigning tasks that are appropriate for their age. When you give your kids tasks, let them know that they are accountable to finish those chores within a specified time frame. Kids who are given a sense of responsibility are likely to grow into well-rounded and successful individuals.
Sofia, 7 years old, sweeps their dining floor area after meals. She knows that she needs to fulfill that task every day. Her parents explained to her that sweeping the floor every day after meals is very important because it prevents pests from going to their house. Sofia understands that failing to do her task might turn into an open invitation for cockroaches and mice to go inside their home.
“Eeeewww! I hate cockroaches and mice! I don’t mind sweeping the floor every day because it keeps us safe from those yucky invaders,” Sofia said.
Basic skills in life – As children grow, it is important that they learn how to handle basic tasks that will prepare them for adulthood. Learning simple things such as helping fix the bed, putting away dishes, folding the laundry, sweeping the floor, and and so on will teach kids how to eventually do these things on their own. Young kids can start with small chores. Children can be given additional responsibility as they master current chores and grow older.
Self-reliance and independence – It is normal for parents to help and protect their children. Parents should also remember that it is equally important to teach kids how to help themselves. As kids grow older, there are chores that they can do on their own. Teach children how to perform age appropriate tasks and encourage them to pursue their duties without being told.
Take note that most chores are not learned overnight. It takes practice to learn tasks. By allowing kids to perform age appropriate chores regularly, they can become self-reliant.
Rizza is a mom to 3 kids. Several weeks ago, Rizza was forced to let go of their helper. She is thankful to her young daughter for making things easier by helping her with some household chores. Rizza taught her daughter how to cook simple meals at an early age. At age 10, Reign can cook simple meals for the family. Reign also helps wash the dishes without being told. Her parents can count on her to watch over her 2 younger siblings when they are busy. Reign is a reliable daughter and big sister.
Self-esteem– When a child completes a task, he or she may feel a sense of accomplishment or pride. Parents are encouraged to acknowledge their child’s efforts for doing a certain chore, no matter how small it is.
Abigail lets her 3 year old boy help her sort out laundry. The little boy enjoys putting white clothes inside the white laundry basket and the colored ones inside the black laundry basket. He thinks it’s a game but in reality it’s a simple chore that will help prepare him for bigger chores in the future. Abigail claps each time her son completes his task. Abigail never fails to tell his son, “Good job Andre!” Then she plants a big kiss on his cheek.
Praising your child for a job well done can motivate your kid to pursue his or her duties and perform tasks better. Letting your child know that he or she is on the right track can inspire him or her to try other tasks. It’s a good way to boost your child’s self-esteem and confidence.
Cleanliness and organization – Kids who are exposed to chores at an early age learn to appreciate the value of keeping things clean and organized. A clean and orderly environment is not only pleasing to the eyes but it is also conducive for working, studying and resting. It’s easier to do your task when there is less clutter around you.
Time management –School-aged children are faced with multiple duties. There are things that they need to do at home and in school. It is importance for a child to learn how to balance homework, projects, extracurricular activities, and house chores. Parents can help their child schedule tasks accordingly without succumbing to pressure. Teach kids how to prioritize tasks according to importance and allotted time. As children grow older, they will understand how important time management is in the real world.
Team work– Children learn to value the importance of working as a group when they work together with their parents, brothers, sisters, and other members of the household in order to fulfill a common goal. Kids realize that some tasks can be completed faster and easier when people help each other.
Reign, Mischa and Mateo share a bedroom. Together, they fix their beds when they wake up in the morning. To the delight of their parents, they also help each other put away toys and books that they used before going to sleep.
Consistency – Chores teach kids about the importance of doing things on a regular basis. For instance, kids learn that they have to perform certain tasks regularly especially if it involves a living thing such as feeding animals and watering plants.
Yohan, ten years old feeds his pet fish every day. He knows that neglecting to feed his fish will make it weak and prone to sickness. He understands that he is accountable for the life of his pet fish.
Originally written by Ma. Rachel R. Yapchiongco at the Philippine Online Chronicles.