Very few children would say that they enjoy doing chores, but unfortunately for them, chores are an important element of their development. Lots of skills can be learnt through helping run a household and it also teaches them to be grateful for everything you do for them. I have teamed up with a senior school in Hampshire to explore the benefits of chores in further detail.
Chores Teach Responsibility
If your children understand how much effort goes into keeping a home spick and span, they might feel more obliged to keep it tidy in the first place. We can dream, right? Giving them their own set of responsibilities promotes independence and encourages them to be accountable for their own belongings. There will be times when you’re not around to help them carry out a certain task, so they need to learn how to do it alone.
Chores Encourage Teamwork
A family is a team and teams work together to get things done. Teamwork will help your child feel like part of a unit which will heighten their sense of belonging. They might not enjoy doing the chores, but they need to learn the importance of helping the people they love. When people work together, they are far more likely to create a harmonious environment, where one person doesn’t feel as though they are shouldering all of the responsibility.
Chores Teach Life Skills
Your child won’t be little forever, but while they are they need to learn how to do basic household chores, like washing their clothes or cooking a meal. By encouraging them to help you out around the house, they will learn these important life skills so that they are prepared for the future when they no longer have you to do it for them.
However, as well as developing life skills, chores also help children with their motor skills, as well as time management and organisation. These are all skills that can benefit your child across various areas of their life, like at school or in a future job.