Kids Must Do Chores For Success in Life

15 May

Did you love doing household chores when you were a kid? If so, then you’re probably in the minority. Children weren’t typically excited about washing the dishes or taking out the trash during our time, and that remains true to this very day when distractions—online and otherwise—abound.

Still, we did our chores, and if scientific studies are to be believed, every child should do the same thing because chores are instrumental for a successful life.

Kids and chores with Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad

Successful and happy adults because of chores

A 20-year study conducted by the University of Minnesota says children doing chores will likely finish school, have a good career, and keep their relationships with relatives and friends healthy. An ongoing Harvard Grant Study, on the other hand, declares that a good work ethic—which a child can develop through chores—contributes significantly to an adult’s happiness and stability.

Aside from a good work ethic, what else can chores as a child help develop?

A sense of responsibility through chores

Assigning chores to your children can help instill in them a sense of responsibility for whatever tasks they get. They will take to heart that a given task can only be done if they do their part, and they will feel compelled to complete it.

The desire to contribute

A child will see that everyone in the household is doing their part. Offer them the chance to do the same by giving them something to do. With age-appropriate tasks, your children will feel happy and fulfilled to know that they are contributing something to the family.

Kids and chores with Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad

The ability to prioritize chores

The ability to manage their time is something kids have to learn at an early age, and chores are the best teachers for this. Armed with a list of chores, your kids will learn which ones to prioritize and which ones to do last.

Money management skills

Some parents may be averse to the idea of giving their kids an allowance for doing chores, but they need to realize that allowances for doing certain tasks can teach them a thing or two about money management.

For one, they will learn that money is something that has to be earned, that getting it requires hard work on their part.

Chores can teach a lot of things that prepare them for adulthood. You can only imagine how lost your children would be if they go to college and could not even do their own laundry or cook their own meals. Your children may whine now when they have to do certain chores, but they will thank you much later on for equipping them with what they need to become successful, responsible, and happier adults.

Samantha Green is the Content Marketing Strategist for BusyKid, the first and only chore and allowance platform where kids can earn, save, share, spend, and invest their allowance. A mom of two, she enjoys spending time with her kids and reading books to them.

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