Why are Chores for Children important?
We’ve all read the stories about today’s twenty-somethings.
The boomerang generation.
The go-nowhere generation.
Generation “y” bother.
These are just a few of the labels that follow them around.
There are any number of theories and about a million articles that attempt to explain the challenges faced by these young adults.
But then, let’s talk about how OUR kids are being described; Lazy, Entitled and Tech Addicted.
There are probably elements of truth in all of this and yet at the same time not everything is deserved. Overall though, many people will agree that the phenomena of helicopter parenting is definitely contributing to generations of kids who are growing up unable to manage even the most basic responsibilities of adulthood.
In an attempt to be both their best friends and their most ardent protectors, we parents are guilty of shielding them from many of the realities of life that help a child mature into a productive and self reliant adult.
So, what do we do? How do we change this trend?
It’s actually rather simple, we give them chores.
Chores for Children And the Decline of Parental Expectations
One of the significant ways in which the household dynamic changed in recent decades was a steep decline in the expectation that children would contribute to the household in age appropriate ways.
Some parents felt that the time spent on such menial tasks was not as worthwhile as working on homework. In other situations, children were so over-scheduled with activities crammed into every waking moment that there just wasn’t room for chores.
What these parents often overlooked unfortunately was that chores can be just as important to the future success of any child.
Chores can be “easy wins” for kids, they usually don’t take much time, but they can steadily build a strong work ethic, confidence and even a sense of pride for being able to give back to their family.
They are also essential to developing the basic life skills that will be needed to survive outside mom and dad’s house.
Chores for Children – What Are Your Kid Capable of?
Below you will find a printable chore chart you can hang on your fridge or even each child’s door that lists the types of chores for children that are appropriate at different ages.
For some people, the suggestions may be shocking.
That is part of the problem.
By forgoing chores, we’ve arrived at a point where we often underestimate what our children are capable of and when.
Children are not helpless, they are helpers. Take advantage of this untapped support staff in your own home.
Your kids really will thank you for it some day and you will free up some much deserved time for yourself right now!
“The message I want my children to know by doing their chore list is ‘You are Important. I value your help. Your work is good work.'”
– Leah Martin
We would love to know, what chores did you have to do as a child?
What chores for children do you think are important?