Experts say, chores are good for children academically, emotionally, and professionally. The house is a size down version of the vast universe awaiting children in their future. The training they get early on greatly affects their performance, their sociability, their work ethics, and over-all values as grown-ups. And doing household chores no matter how these may seem petty and trivial is apparently a training of immense significance. This early training will result to not only an individual of excellence but also an individual with a great feel of others.
They say, success is achieved when children start doing chores during their formative years. During these years children might be busy with outdoor activities, and extracurricular activities as they start schooling, they must still however do household chores for these following benefits.
What can chores do to children?
- Skilled. The effects of learning to do chores efficiently and effectively resonate as far as being efficient and effective in school, in the workplace, or in whatever endeavor a child will take on in the future. These important like skills instill in children the concept of excellence, management, resourcefulness, and creativity.
- Self-reliant. Being able to complete tasks and contribute to the family give a child a sense of accomplishments consequently boosting confidence and trust in one’s ability to do things and make decisions. And so when a child goes out in the vast world, s/he could stand on her/his on confidently.
- Empathy. Doing a task as a contribution and support to the family as part of this community help children develop a feel of others. This character is what makes the world a better place. Individuals who do not only think of themselves but who are conscientious, kind, affectionate, and passionate of others.
- Responsible. Having regular obligations and duties at home develop a sense of responsibility. As part of the family a task is given that s/he alone is responsible of, inability to do so affects not only him/her but the entire family. So accomplishing this task is something that needs to be done otherwise there will be consequences. These consequences must be made known for the child to realize that there is a purpose why s/he is doing it, and not just because mom or dad said so. For example, keep the kitchen floor dry, “Why do you think it is important to keep the floor dry?” or “What do you think will happen if any of us step on wet floor?”
- Disciplined. Learning to do chores in a routine manner teaches children the importance of following rules set. And in the long run develops a sense of control that is essential later on as they deal with school works, job related experiences, and them as part of a bigger society. Disciplined individuals are what this world needs.
The benefits of doing chores are great and ideal. It is something parents would want for their children. However the road leading to these is challenging and oftentimes fraught with emotions. Parents out there very well know these challenges. It is easy said than done, but something that needs to be done nevertheless.
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