What's the Big Deal about Chores?

“Chores” isn’t a four letter word. Giving your child chores doesn’t mean you are using child labor.  It doesn’t mean you are a bad parent.  It doesn’t mean your children will think less of you.  It also doesn’t mean your work will get done any faster.

Chores are actually a very good idea.  And, if you’ve been around WMS for very long, I’m sure you’ve heard your Directress suggest your children start doing them.

What giving your child chores does mean is that you have taken a big step in supporting their development.  Children of all ages will benefit significantly from chores at home.  Chores provide a variety of positive outcomes.

-       Giving children household chores at an early age helps to build a lasting sense of mastery, responsibility and self-reliance, according to research by Marty Rossmann, professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota.

-       Very importantly, children increase concentration and independence while doing chores.

-       Doing chores are a great way to build your child’s self-esteem which derived from accomplishments.

-       Chores also teach children how to be empathetic and responsive to others’ needs, notes psychologist Richard Weissbourd of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

-       Children want to be involved in your family life.  They want to feel useful.  They want a sense of belonging.  Given them chores gives them this.

There are many ways children can participate in chores at home and lists can easily be found on the internet or from your Directress.  The youngest children can help set the table, pick up toys and even fold small towels.  Older children can clear the table, empty trash, and sweep.  It’s not so much what the child does, but that each child has work to do at home.

Be patient and give your children some chores they can be successful with.  You will see significant benefits both in and out of the classroom.  Promise!