In our last blog, we discussed age-appropriate chores you can give to your children. For instance, you can ask a two-year-old to put their toys back in the box or get diapers; for someone older, let’s say 9 to 12 years old, you can bring the mail in or clean the dishes.
Delegating tasks to every person in the house can not only help us save time but also energy. Meanwhile, giving kids chores can help in their development in the long run. So, if you want to learn more reasons why you should provide chores to your kids, just keep on reading.
Benefits Of Giving Kids Chores
Your toddler’s chores may be the simplest tasks around the house, but it can provide lessons and skills that will last until they turn into adults. Once they become a little older, let’s say 9 or 10, you can delegate more significant household chores. Nonetheless, your child having duties can benefit them in many ways, such as:
No matter how big or small the chore is, getting it done can give your kid a sense of accomplishment. Also, this lets them feel that they can contribute something to the family, no matter how old they are.
Value The Importance Of Completing A Task
Your child may be too young to understand such thing at the moment but sooner or later, once they get used to doing a part in the household, they will further understand the importance of getting a job well done — which comes handy when they have more responsibilities at school or at home.
Learn About Cleanliness And Organization
Whether they are cleaning the dishes or picking up toys, your child will understand the difference between a cluttered home from an organized one. For one, it’s easier to find things when the house is organized. It also gives a peaceful environment that can help them think clearly. And of course, a clean home reduces the risks of allergy, asthma, and even injuries.
Improves Time Management
Giving a two-year-old a task? What time management are you talking about?
It might be too early for them to understand what time management is but as they get used to it, giving your kids chores help them once they grow older. For instance, once they enter secondary school, they’ll have more things to do — household chores, school deadlines, social lives, etc.
Helping around the house will teach them about priorities and time management, which, for me, is one of the most important skills ever.
Learn About Teamwork
Giving your kids responsibility at home will give them a sense that they are a part of the team, therefore they have to perform well. Otherwise, there might be a punishment or reward after the job when they meet or failed to meet the expectation.
As a part of the team, they are accountable for each other and the task that they have at hand. These things may be learned outside the home but of course, it’s better if they learn it first in their comfort zone.
Besides, when they make a mistake, they can easily be forgiven at home.
In line with the statement above, having chores can help them learn how to work well with other people. For instance, you assign a task to your kids — one will wash the dishes while the other child may dry or rinse it. The next day, they can switch roles.
Through this activity, your kids will not only learn about different responsibilities but also, compromising and flexibility.
Enhance Gross And Fine Motor Skills
The very obvious part: since your kids are moving and working around the house with their hands, they are enhancing their gross and fine motor skills.
Even the simplest tasks, such as counting the potatoes, pulling the weeds, or putting the books back on the shelf can help their development.
Teaches About Delayed Gratification
An accomplished task may mean monetary rewards or a special treat at the end of the week.
Whatever reward you choose to give your kid after completed chores, this teaches them about delayed gratification; or even working hard before they get something in return.
Tip: The reward doesn’t always have to be tangible. For instance, after my kid is done putting his toys back, we can play another game outside. For a playful toddler, this reward is more than enough.
Gives A Sense Of Purpose
Kids need to feel important and by simply giving them chores, you are letting them feel that their help is needed and appreciated. They will feel like they have an important role in the family, thus helping them build self-confidence.
Some kids may see a chore as a daunting task but a study shows that those who participated in household chores are more likely to become successful and happier adults.
Do you assign tasks to your little ones? If yes, what chores?
What other benefits do you think a household chore can give your kids?
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