Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Do Your Kids A Favour - Give them Chores
"I like hugs and I like kisses; But what I really love is help with the dishes!" -Author Unknown
I have two teenagers, and since they were young, my husband and I have expected them to help with chores around the house. Dishes, cleaning up the yard, putting out the recycling and feeding the dog are examples of jobs that they share responsibilities for. I came across this article, called, Kids who help with chores become successful adults, and I really like how it puts into words what I have felt all along about how important it is for kids to help with household tasks. When parents put expectations on their kids to do chores, research at the University of Minnesota has shown that it teaches kids "responsibility, competence, self-reliance and self-worth". The article also gives parents tips on how to go about teaching their kids how to participate in these "helping tasks" and they stress it's important to start them young - as early as three years of age!
Our kids have now built their chores into their routines. Still, at times, we need to remind them to do them, but it usually gets done. According to the article, it sounds like they can start doing more, as it's important to add more responsibilities as they mature.
Lighten the load, and do your kids a favour. Reduce the risk of depression. Give them more chores! Remember to praise a lot, too. It's all good for their development and helping them grow into responsible, happy adults.
Have a great day!