Check out the results of any research on effects of household chores upon children.
All of them end up positive—children who start handling chores in their early years invariably grow up to be more responsible, well-adjusted and self-reliant. They also help kids become more empathetic to the needs of others.
In fact, it looks like overindulging our children is no longer about how much stuff we buy for them—it’s more to do with them not doing any chores in the house!
7 quick tips to guide your children into household chores
- Start early for maximum positive impact. 2 to 3 years of age is a great time to start
- Keep the tasks simple and present it in a way that your child is able to understand them
- Create a chore schedule, communicate regularly and follow it with mutual agreement
- Encourage and compliment generously for every successful task completion
- Gamify it—create levels of chores and motivate them to achieve a higher level over a period of time. For e.g. starting with wiping the plates to earning the right to handle the dishwasher
- Chores should not just be about one’s own things, but more about being a helper for others in the home
- Talk about chores positively—else children will pick up a negative attitude towards them
Finally, here’s a quick chart to understand what chores are appropriate for children of different age groups: