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A 20-year study of Dr. Martin Rossman from the University of Minnesota revealed that one of the factors that contribute to a child’s success is if he or she has been involved in doing household chores at the early age of 3 to 4. According to the study, the children who started young in helping with household chores turned out to have better relationships and were less likely to use drugs.
The Benefits of Chores in Your Children
Getting your children involved in household chores as early as they can can benefit your kids with:
✔ Feeling of competence and independence,
✔ Sense of responsibility and accountability,
✔ Higher self-esteem,
✔ Higher ability to deal with frustration,
✔ Improved fine motor skills,
✔ Ability to work well with others,
✔ Development of healthy habits,
✔ The heart to contribute to the family, and
✔ Many other life-long skills.
After reading the above life-long benefits of getting your children involved in household chores, it’s time plan out how to encourage and motivate them.How to Get Your Kids Involved in Chores
As you start involving your children in household chores, there may be signs of resistance and complaints. However, if you model the right attitude towards household chores, it’ll be easier for your children to obey you and follow along. To help you, here are different ways to raise a helper:
✔ Do your chores in front of your kids. Children learn more by what they see. Even as early as infanthood, make sure your child is watching you as you do your chores. This way, it will be natural for them to do the same as they grow up.
✔ Model the right attitude towards chores. If you as a parent treat household chores with patience, commitment, and humor, your children are most likely to do the same. Instill in them that chores aren’t burdens, but opportunities to help out.
✔ Let them help even when it will slow you down. Take advantage of your child’s eagerness to help even when it may slow you down in completing your chores. Commend their willingness to help instead of shutting their eagerness off.
✔ Demonstrate how you want the chores to be done. Children are naturally imitative beings. Show them how you want a specific chore to be done, and they will most likely to do the same. Guide them, but don’t do the work for them.
✔ Don’t re-do their output in front of them. Never redo the things your child did while he or she is watching. If you do, your child will develop a feeling of unworthiness and of never being good enough. Instead, praise your child and redo the work later.
✔ Use words of appreciation and praises. Don’t be too hard on your kids. Value effort more than perfection. Children who are praised for their efforts are more likely to develop a good attitude and healthy mindset towards helping with chores.
✔ Get everyone regularly involved. If you make household chores a regular part of your household’s routine, everyone will be motivated to take on responsibility. Make everyone feel that everyone’s contribution is important and valuable.
Other parents give monetary incentives or special privileges when their children accomplish their assigned chores. However, it’s better to shower your children with encouragement and praises as rewards. When they are truly valued, they are more likely to help out even without being asked.
Every child has different skills and level of maturity. You must make sure to assign them chores that are appropriate for their age. Below is a guide to the suggested chores for various age groups:
You can also make your own set of household chores for your kids depending on your household needs. Just make sure they’re still appropriate for your children’s varying skills and maturity level.
“Good habits formed at youth make all the difference,” says Aristotle. Instill good habits in your children at their early years by encouraging them to get involved with the day-to-day chores in your home. Start them young!