While some people argue that children shouldn’t be given even the simplest tasks to do, it’s still better to involve them in house chores for many reasons [Courtesy]

Whether you enjoy doing house chores or not, they’re unavoidable. Even when you have extra gadgets like vacuum cleaners and washing machines to help make things easier, you still need to oversee everything and ensure things are running smoothly.

The topic of giving kids chores can be controversial. While some people argue that children shouldn’t be given even the simplest tasks to do, it’s still better to involve them in house chores for many reasons.

Generally, children who have the culture of doing chores instilled in them from a young age grow up to be well-rounded adults.

If you’re thinking of going down this route, here are some reasons why delegating age appropriate chores to your kids is actually a good idea.

  • It equips them with important life skills
  • Doing chores goes beyond keeping everything clean or just having something to do. It’s great that they can learn how to sweep, wash dishes or make their bed, but one important lesson underneath all that is that they’re learning how to take care of themselves.

    Once they move out for college or step into the world as full adults, they will need to have the skills of being self-reliant without struggling. And actually, this is part of survival because they will already have an idea of how to do small tasks like cooking healthy meals.

     It’s a smart way of bonding with your family because you’re clearing tasks off your to-do list while spending quality time together [Courtesy]
  • It helps them feel included
  • Small kids are very observant and eager to feel accepted. If they see that everyone around the house is always busy doing something, they might naturally want to be a part of the group.

    You can identify something they love to do like feeding the dog or watering plants and make it part of their duties. This encourages them to embrace chores while they also get the fulfilment of feeling like they’re contributing to something great.

  • It’s a way of bonding
  • Chore days can be a fun experience for the whole family. It doesn’t have to be so serious and you can actually have a blast by playing some music and sharing stories with your kids as you handle a few chores together.

    It’s a smart way of bonding with your family because you’re clearing tasks off your to-do list while spending quality time together.

  • It teaches them how to co-exist with others
  • There are many ways of raising a well behaved child and one of them is teaching them how to be responsible through chores.

    Chances are that a spoiled child will grow into a spoiled adult who doesn’t know how to live harmoniously with other people.

    In future, their ability to interact with other people in shared spaces will be tested in small details like cleanliness and that is something they should learn early enough.

  • Chores come with developmental benefits
  • Aside from the valuable life skills they are getting, chores can add some developmental benefits too.

    They will slowly learn things like listening and correctly executing given instructions, they develop critical thinking as they test different ways to problem solve and it’s a great confidence booster once they figure out how to do things on their own.