A changing educational landscape, coupled with our high-paced modern world, leaves little time for children to manage the chore list given to them by their parents. As a result, parents often feel let-down or even like they’ve failed, while children are robbed of the opportunity to learn personal responsibility.
For most adults, chores were a staple of childhood. As it turns out, research backs up claims that chores do indeed promote a sense of responsibility in children. For example, a researcher at the University of Mississippi, used data collected over the course of 25 years to see if chores starting at age 3 or 4 were instrumental in children’s success as adults. The research showed that chores did indeed instill a sense of importance and empathy in children as they made their way to adulthood.
The research also showed that young children who did chores grew up to be well-adjusted, enjoyed greater relationships with their friends and family members, and were more successful in their careers.
Another survey was conducted by Pollfish, and asked parents with kids under the age of 12 whether or not they required their children to do daily housework. Of those who did, some 87% noted their kids were doing well in school, with just 61% of parents who don’t require chores reporting the same. Children require tasks to learn how to manage their time, get things done, and achieve goals. The sense of personal responsibility it instills fosters a belief in one’s self, leading to greater self-esteem.
So key to incorporate those age-appropriate chores in their daily routines helping them both be a good family citizen and successful.
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