Many of us don’t enjoy doing household chores, but for a home to run smoothly, they have to get done. As our kids get old enough to pick up after themselves and then are able to help with more tasks around the house, we can begin to make daily and weekly chores part of their routine. Taking on a little responsibility is a great character builder and will give your children a sense of pride.
Why Kids Need Chores
To Learn Life Skills — Household chores help teach life skillls. How often have you heard about teenagers and young adults who don’t know how to do the most basic household chores, like laundry or cooking? Your children will be on their own eventually, and you want them to be prepared to take care of themselves. I know sometimes it takes longer to teach our kids how to do something than to just do it ourselves, but we are their teachers. Don’t send them out into the world without the skills needed to run their own homes someday.
To Learn Time Management — Older children can develop good time management habits early when they learn how to prioritize school, chores, and spending time with friends. This is a skill they’ll need in high school, college and the working world.
Confidence and Self-Esteem — Completing their jobs around the house and knowing they’re contributing to the family’s well-being boosts kids’ self-esteem. They’ll feel a sense of satisfaction when they complete their chores and gain confidence in their abilities as you entrust them with more responsibility.
Independence and Responsibility — The goal of parenting is to raise our kids to be independent adults. When we give them age-appropriate chores, we’re setting them up for success later in life.
Respect — Children often don’t realize how much their parents have done for them until they move out. They can get some idea though when they pitch in around the house. Taking on a few chores may make them more respectful of the work that goes into maintaining a home.
Discipline and a Good Work Ethic — Disclipline and a good work ethic are valuable traits that will serve your child well for the rest of their lives. Besides their regular household chores, as they get older, you can offer your child extra tasks to help them earn money. Talk to them about working toward savings goals too. [Also read: Teaching Kids About Money — 7 Smart Tips]
Click below to print your chore charts for kids. You can choose the blank one to fill in yourself, or choose the one we’ve completed with some basic chores. These will print full-size on a letter-size piece of paper, or fit them to your page.
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