Spring is just around the corner, which means it's time to start making a list of all the “Spring Cleaning” projects you want to get done before the Summer heat kicks in. The average home has hundreds of projects just waiting to be tackled, including many your kids can jump in to complete.
According to a recent study by the Center for Parenting Education, children who regularly do chores are: better able to deal with frustration; delay gratification; have higher self-esteem, and are more responsible compared to children who don't help out with chores. To me, that sounds like a total win-win!
Long before studies were pointing out what we already figured, chores were teaching our kids about work ethic, responsibility, accountability, time management, and sometimes, teamwork. No one will ever argue that these are all positive character traits our kids will need as adults.
So as parents, why should we always try to handle all of the Spring Cleaning tasks ourselves or hire an expensive service for help, when we can assign some chores to our kids? It appears that I'm almost holding back their personal growth by not letting them handle some of the Spring Cleaning tasks.
Here are just a few tips on how to tackle your Spring Cleaning this year while getting a little help from the kids:
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