Some parents believe that their children should be left alone to play without thinking about real responsibilities. There are also parents who think that giving them obligations at an early age is necessary. This is one of the highly debated issues among families.
Regardless of what you believe in, encouraging children to be responsible at an early age has many advantages. Helping kids learn the feeling of completing and accomplishing something; the feeling of independence will give them confidence, increase their self-worth, and grow up into hardworking, responsible adults.
Similarly, kids can fulfill their responsibilities and have fun doing so, just like when they’re playing games or doing things they typically do during their free time.
Encouraging children to accept (and do) household chores as their responsibility is one of the best things parents can ever do. Likewise, it is one of the best things children can learn from. They will learn numerous valuable life skills from doing even the simplest household chores.
1. Being responsible for something is important.
Children like the idea that they own something. They like the feeling of being responsible for something, and for teens, being responsible means being trusted. It means people believe in them. This is exactly what doing household chores is all about – being responsible for something important, such as helping keep the home clean and tidy.
Household chores also make children and teens feel that they own something. “This is my room. I own it, so I am responsible for keeping it clean and organized.”
Whether or not parents give them rewards, such as a kids debit card, children who develop a sense of responsibility achieve other skills that nurture and mold them into better individuals.
2. Household chores teach kids to be self-sufficient.
Self-sufficiency, or that can-do attitude, is a vital life skill. Completing household chores can help kids develop this skill. Every time they complete a task, they become more confident that they can do all other tasks independently, without asking for anyone’s help. They do not have to do it perfectly; they only need to complete it. That’s what being self-sufficient is about: getting the job done.
3. Doing household chores helps children understand the value of teamwork.
While self-sufficiency encourages kids to be confident working independently, teamwork teaches them that it is okay to work as a team when needed. There are household chores that require two or three people to work together in unity, such as cleaning a big area like the living room or backyard.
Doing household chores together will help kids develop interdependence. They will understand why it is also important to rely on others. Good teamwork will teach them skills vital for building strong and healthy relationships.
4. Kids will learn to take care of themselves.
Brushing your teeth before going to bed, washing your hands before eating, and applying sunscreen before going out are also essential chores. They do not require physical strength the same way that cleaning the bedroom does, but they teach a valuable life skill as well: self-care.
Children need to learn how to take care of themselves. Proper hygiene, sanitation, and skincare (for the teens) will help them develop a healthy self-care routine that they can carry until they mature.
5. Kids will learn how to manage their time.
When kids and teens are given responsibilities, their schedule becomes fuller and busier. They will have to learn how to juggle homework, household chores, and time with friends. With more things to do, they will need to divide their time accordingly.
For example, for parents who reward kids with money, one completed chore can be equivalent to $1. The more chores they complete in a day, the more money goes into their debit card. They will have to identify which task to prioritize and do first.
Time management is a life skill that plays an essential role in fulfilling one’s goals. Think of what your kids can achieve if they master this skill early on.
6. Doing household chores will help kids develop problem-solving skills.
There will be times when kids get into difficult situations while doing household chores. For example, they suddenly run out of dishwashing soap while washing the dishes. What will they do? How can they overcome this situation? Such situations will help kids rely on their analytical skills and learn to solve problems on their own.
Developing problem-solving skills at a young age can definitely help secure a better future for your kids.
7. Cleaning is an essential part of anyone’s day-to-day activities.
Household chores like cleaning the bedroom, washing the dishes, or cleaning the yard help kids see the importance of cleanliness. It is a part of our day-to-day activities: you make up your bed before leaving the house, clean the table after eating, and put toys back on the shelves after playing with them. As they mature, kids will automatically adapt their cleaning routine to their daily activities, such as keeping their office desk clean and organized or presenting a neat and well-organized report to their boss.
Whether your kid is 10 or 15, allowing and encouraging them to do household chores is vital in helping develop their life skills. Giving them the tools and foundation to grow and become responsible, caring, dependable, and well-rounded, mature individuals is the perfect recipe for building a successful future.