Assigning chores to our children has more benefits than just taking the load off of us parents for a while.
Assigned chores are great for children. They help the child feel like part of the family, they teach the child new skills, they help the child function independently within the home, and they help teach the child the sense of satisfaction from a job well-done.
If you’ve never incorporated chores into your family life, it may seem like a daunting task. It doesn’t have to be!
When assigning chores, it’s important to keep it simple and manageable. You don’t want to overwhelm the child with too many chores or with chores that are too difficult for the child to complete. You also don’t want to overwhelm yourself.
To start, assign your kiddo with one daily chore. For little ones, picking up toys is a great place to start, or even putting dishes in the kitchen sink once they are done with a meal. For elementary aged children, they can be responsible for putting their shoes, jackets, and backpacks away once they get home from school. Elementary aged children can even help with feeding your pets. Middle school-aged children are great helpers with folding laundry or cleaning their room.
There are TONS of chores that your child, at any age, can do. Don’t let my little list of ideas keep you from exploring the perfect chore for your kiddo.
There is something to keep in mind when assigning chores: If you assigned a chore to teach your child a new skill, you may have to show your child how to complete the chore a few times before you let them do it solo. Really think about your expectations and don’t let yourself get disappointed.
Assigning chores is a great opportunity for your child to grow and develop.
It’s not going to be done perfect the first time, but with a little guidance from you, your child will learn a VERY valuable skill.
Remember that chores should be used as a way to build our children up and not tear them down.
Like I said before, keep your expectations in check. Be patient with your child as you are teaching him or her a new life skill.
If you have children and they don’t have assigned chores, consider incorporating chores into their daily routine. Teaching them how to fish is better than just handing them those fish.