Chores are a vital part of any child’s home experience. Why are they so necessary? In short because a child who has no understanding of basic household chores will struggle to manage their own life successfully once they leave home for university.
Children also need to participate in the mundane portions of home life – not just the good bits! That means they have to be shown what needs doing, how and when to do it!
Why chores help children learn faster
The fine and gross motor skills needed to undertake simple tasks such as tidying away toys are vital for smaller children’s learning.
From a very early age, children can be taught how to tidy away toys and where to put them.
The physical activity and organisational skills which are honed during these simple actions will stand your child in good stead for learning effectively once they begin kindergarten or school.
Children at this pre-school in Lincoln take on small chores daily and this gives them a sense of responsibility. At school, small children are expected to help tidy up and take on small duties – if your child is already practiced in this, then they will feel confident and pleased to be able to help with little intervention.
As your child grows and begins to take on more responsibility at home, the same rule applies. They know they’re trusted and capable at home so they feel that they are also these things at school.
Older children and chores
As children approach adolescence they are sometimes a little less willing to help at home. It’s important that you ensure your child understands that these things are non-negotiable. There’s no ‘doing it later’ and no swapping jobs with siblings – their jobs are their jobs and that’s that!
This will ensure that as they grow, they will continue these responsible practices and carry them into other areas of their life including revision, part-time employment and hobbies. Make sure your children get the best start in life by giving them their own chores from an early age.
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