“The price of greatness is responsibility.”
― Winston S. Churchill
Involving children in household chores is an excellent way of preparing them for a self-reliant and organised adult life. Participating in domestic chores is a great way of making them learn the initial lessons of accountability and responsibility. By doing household chores, children learn to be understanding and responsive; it also contributes towards building good family relationships.
An article published in The Wall Street Journal cited findings by Dr Marty Rossman in this regard. According to Dr Rossman, “Young adults who began chores at ages 3 and 4 were more likely to have good relationships with family and friends, to achieve academic and early career success, and to be self-sufficient, as compared with those who didn’t have chores or who started them as teens.”
You can also start involving your children in domestic chores. If you have a toddler, you can teach him chores such as putting his toys back in the basket after playing or straightening the cushions on the sofa. You can assign older children household chores such as mopping, dusting, washing the dishes, cleaning the kitchen platform or the dining table after meals and keeping their rooms clean. Children and teens can be tasked with the responsibility of making their beds in the morning, helping with simple tasks like sorting groceries and setting the table for dinner. When you involve children in household chores, you also teach them to be kind and helpful, and create a positive identity for themselves.
Parents must not feel guilty or bad about tasking children with household chores. A few everyday tasks around the house can easily fit into their school and daily schedule.
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