Do children need chores? According to a Wall Street Journal article, young children who are given household chores “build a lasting sense or mastery, responsibility and self-reliance.” The article found that children who began chores around ages 3 and 4 were more likely to have positive relationships with their families, higher academic success and were also found to be more empathetic and responsive to others needs. Need we say more? Check out these 5 ideas for encouraging your child to help out around the house:
- Turn on some music while your child sweeps the kitchen or picks up their toys. Adding music to the mix will make doing chores more enjoyable for both of you.
- Kids love a good game – set a timer and motivate your kids to do their chore as fast (and efficient) as possible.
- Consider the way you approach chores – make it fun and let your child know that they are “helping” you by completing a certain task.
- Keep a chore chart - once your child has filled their chart let them choose a “prize” of their choice like staying up “late” on a weekend, ice cream with mom & dad, or a trip to your local children’s museum or zoo.
- Have fun with it. Making chores fun is the best way to encourage your child to complete their chores now and for years to come!