Assigning Responsibility: Kids Need Chores

One of the difficulties of being a parent is to get their child to do chores at home. As we know, assigning chores educates kids to have a sense of responsibility; it would also make them feel that they play a vital role at home. But getting them to do it is the hard part, since they are kids after all; their attention is with all play and games. Though parents are happy seeing children play and interact with others, it is more fulfilling to know and see that their kids do their share of tasks at home.

Starting to let them do chores at home will prepare them for life. They won’t appreciate it today but they will, as they grow older. Since they are young, better start with light chores.

Nobody’s perfect, so if they make a mistake don’t scold – they’re just kids.

Make sure that there’s a regular schedule of their work, to keep things at a routine. In that way, it will help them remember their roles.

The parents who are the role model of the child should make sure to introduce the meaning of teamwork; that more can be accomplished by working together, rather than working as an individual. It’s not necessary to give a reward to kids who have completed doing the tasks that their parents assigned. Gold stars and smiley faces when the tasks are finished are fine. Take note that we are teaching them about responsibility, there’s no need for praises or rewards as we are trying to nurture the satisfaction of getting a task done and an awareness in doing what is right.

This is a guest post by Ciel, a photography enthusiast and an article contributor. She hopes to travel the world someday and show it through photographs. Her current task is writing for gulvafslibning, which discusses about floor sanding. 

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  1. Eldest son’s task is to set the pitcher of water on the table. Glad that he’s happy doing it.

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  2. When children do chores, your attitude needs to be similar to when the hubby does chores… NEVER CRITICIZE (if you do, they may never want to help out again)!

  3. Your article is right on. I’ve been in several homes where it seems the mother is doing everything while the kids sit and watch TV. Definitely not good for the mother or the child.

    One of the hardest things for an adult NOT to do is to go back and fix what a child has done. When a child has the core of making their bed and then the parent goes in and remakes it…that is not good for the child.

  4. I agree, we don’t have a helper and as early as 3 years old My kid’s responsibilities include packiang away her toys, putting her shoes in the rack and putting her dirty clothes in the hamper. She is four now and it gives her a sense of ownership, she takes care of her things and most importantly less mess helps me keep sane;-) great post!

  5. Roxi @ Mr. Jacob's Mom says

    That’s true. To be honest, I was a princess at home when I was little. But as I grew up, I figured it out on my own that I need to learn how to be independent and do house chorse. And so I did! No one believes I can do those things (because they thought I was that spoiled). My husband doesn’t even do chores and hates them! Who’s the princess now? ;p

  6. My kids too are assigned chores. Even the 2 yr old helps out in the household.

  7. Chores have been part of our kids’ lives for years (18, 15, and 8). When they ask to do something — play outside, go to a friend’s house, attend the high school football game, etc — they must first finish their chores. We don’t argue. I simply ask, “have you finished your chores?” When the answer is no, they slink away. They are learning to be responsible and also that living in a family is a community effort. Mostly, they do their chores. :)

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