Children need to learn responsibility at an early age. It is something that can be taught to them by implementing small changes into their routine. These changes will help instill pride and the idea of accomplishment. Once present, they will want to continue this positive feedback, which in turn will teach them responsibility. Chores teach children responsibility.
The chores should be age appropriate. As the children mature, the chores they receive can become more complicated. These chores should vary, in order to teach the children different skills and to maintain fairness, if a parent has more than one child. By accomplishing their tasks, children will gain self-confidence and responsibility. In addition, there are other advantages to giving chores to children. These include getting the children away from video games, computers, and television as well as giving them some physical activity, depending on the chore.
When children are first beginning to help around the house it is important to focus on their effort, not how well the task is completed. In other words, provide positive feedback and accept your child’s best effort even though the finish product may not meet your criteria. Encouraging your children to help is more important in the long run than a perfectly folded washcloth or perfectly made bed. While helping your child with a task may take more time and effort than doing the job yourself, you are teaching your child valuable life skills.
It is important that parents model a positive attitude about helping around the house. While you do not have to pretend to love cleaning the bathrooms, share with children the satisfaction you feel when you have completed the task. When parents complain about housework, they are teaching their children to dislike chores. However, children need to understand that housework and chores are a part of life. Work side by side with your children and try to have a little fun while doing housework. Singing songs together can really make the time doing chores more enjoyable. Those seven dwarfs were really onto...