The annual scramble is on during the school break. I found that parents are juggling with care-taker schedules and work schedules just to be able to find time for the “summer activities” to enrich and make it fun for the children. Summer activities are required but how much do we try and focus on other aspects such as “Regular Chores“.
Chores are important so that children learn responsibility and a certain amount of life skills which will serve the purpose throughout their lives. Though they may not thank you for teaching them now, what is being taught is there to stay for a lifetime. Doing the bed, washing the dishes, sweeping the floor, wiping down the counters, polishing shoes, folding laundry, making a bowl of Maggi noddles and frying an egg. In my opinion if you teach kids to make a good cup of chai, that can go a great deal.
In fact here in India especially amongst upper middle class families domestic servants are a common feature so children miss out on doing chores. Instead of having them to get their stuff done they take things for granted. We parents believe they are saving their kids valuable time for studies or more interesting pursuits by not giving them chores to do. Research indicates that those children who do have a set of chores, have a higher self esteem and are more responsible. They are able to deal wth frustration and delay gratification all of which contribute to greater success in school.
5 Reasons to Why Chores are Important:
1. Teaches them responsibility: It really teaches them who does what in the house and sets in them a sense of accountability.
2. Teaches them to live independently when they are away: Young adults struggle with household chores when they move away from home. If you teach them young, they learn to cope and adapt easily especially when they have room-mates.
3. Teaches them to be self disciplined: Imparting this one aspect is very important because it teaches them to do things even when they don’t feel like it and also the importance of completing a task they are doing.
4. Helps them to prioritise, organise and learn time management: They will learn to multitask, create order and also have a sense of self accomplishment. Thus raising their self esteem.
5. Teaches them value of work: Children don’t realise how much it takes to run a household. They want what they want when they want. They really don’t consider others needs above theirs. So we help them develop these traits and also cultivate good habits.
Proverbs 22:6 Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
Here are some links for the chore charts:
- Free printable from imom https://www.imom.com/printable/customizable-chore-chart/#.XO6hQNMzbVo