Should A Child Do Household Chores?
Everyone has off days. The type of day that begins with a person being late for work, missing a deadline and having a flat tire on the way home.
When a person has a terrible day they want to come home to a stress free environment and relax. Unfortunately, most people come home to find more work or household chores.
According to an American Time Use Study, the average American spends almost 12 hours a week doing household chores. You can correlate the amount of time a person spends on housework as equal to half a full day each week.
Household chores means picking up toys!
Most parents do not want their child to do household chores or they will give a child only a small part in maintaining their home. A parent might think that a child’s job is only going to school and playing in their spare time.
A recent study by Marty Rossmann, shows that children as young as 3 will do better later in life if they are engaged in household chores than children who do not have responsibility in the house.
As a parent, I understand it is easier to do many household chores myself because I am quicker than my 4 year-old son. The truth is if I do not make the time to teach him how to do chores correctly he will never learn.
I know that the extra time I spend now teaching him the proper way to do chores will pay off as he becomes older. My 4 year-old son has to put toys away, helps dust and take dirty clothes to the laundry hampers.
It is not always easy trying to get a child to do household chores. Here are some ways to help involve a child in housework.
5 Things To Remember About Household Chores
1. Age matters – The earlier in life we start teaching a child about housework the more receptive they are to learning about it. My son has put toys away since he was 2 years-old.
2. Don’t be perfect – Most people have a preferred way they do a certain household chore. Remember that a child is still learning about housework and might not do things the way you normally like them. It won’t hurt anything if you praise a child for trying to do something to the best of their ability.
3. Don’t tell them – Make sure you take time to show them how to do household chores right. Do not think that because you have shown them once or twice they will remember everything you said. If you practice and do chores with your child, you can help build family bonds.
4. Motivate – Children need motivation to do things just like adults do. A parent should tell a child they have done a good job when they finish helping. The praise we give a child for doing chores can help keep them motivated.
5. Explain benefits – Make sure you explain the benefits of helping with chores. If a child picks up their toys, let them know that the next time they want to play they will find their toys easier.
When we teach our children to do chores we are teaching them responsibility and autonomy. We are showing them to take pride in themselves and give them a valuable life skill.
A house can even become messier when you have children. A parent won’t have to do the chores all by themselves when they allow a child to help with household chores. No one likes to do housework, but the alternative is living in a messy house.
I am participating in the #AtoZchallenge and the letter H is for Household Chores. (Someday I might actually catch up on the challenge).
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