As parents, we always ensure that we provide our children with the best of everything, even doing things for them at home. From making their beds to serving their plates, we see to it that they are treated well. I was guilty of spoiling my kids by doing all the work in the house, even came running to them when they need something done. But in the long run, I realize that this set-up is doing nothing for them.
Researchers say that getting the children involve in doing chores can do wonders for their developing minds and personality. Whether it is as simple as taking the trash out or cleaning their rooms, it can help build their character in one way or another.
- Become more self-reliant
Most children today are quite dependent on their parents for everything. When they want something, they need to call their mom and dad from across the room instead of doing the task themselves. At a certain age, children need to learn how to do things for themselves so they won’t have to rely on their parents when they are faced with chores and challenges. Teaching age-appropriate tasks and chores would enable your child to be more independent and capable at home and at school.
- Know the value of hard work
One key takeaway of doing household chores is that it helps children gain more appreciation on the value of hard work. When children are used to being served, they would think that everything can be achieved easily and someone would do these tasks for them. Assigning tasks would make them realize that they need to work for things that they want. At the end of each chore, they will feel more accomplished and determined. Doing chores would also give them a sense of purpose.
- Build a strong work ethic
Some tasks require more than one pair of hands to get done. Letting your kids work on chores with other children would enhance their team spirit and be more accountable with their actions and the end-results. It could also boost their entrepreneurial spirit, especially when they are inspired to work for something special or a reward.
- Develop important life skills
We have to remember that children will not always be children. Eventually, they will move out and live their own life. It would be best if they learn to do housekeeping chores such as cooking and laundry at a young age so they would not have a hard time adjusting to life outside their childhood home.
- Learn to manage to manage their time
Some tasks are time-sensitive and need to be accomplished in a specific time of the day. Assigning chores with a deadline would help children manage their time and juggle other chores on their plates effectively. Once they master this skill, it would be easier for them to manage their priorities, especially when they got older.
By allowing your child to help out in the house, you are setting them up for success, building their character, and preparing them to be dependable adults.