Kids live in their world and are reluctant to do any household work. Kids make a lot of irrelevant excuses to ignore the task assigned to them. They do not even know the significance attached to it. They are always ready to say ‘no’ to every work, but there are many reasons which prove that doing household chores is important for kids. From cleaning tables to just arranging things in place, it is important to let kids help their parents in doing little things. “Mumma… let me play”, “I will do it later” are the most often excuses given by the kids, but there are ten reasons why kids should do household tasks:
1. Kids learn to be soft-hearted and supportive
Whenever a child helps a person in doing any work, he feels proud and learns the importance of being kind and supportive to others. It makes them learn how their little support can be useful for others. The child experiences a positive feeling and emotion attached to that particular person and the work he does. Kindness is the best reward that they discover. Never reward your children by giving them chocolates, money, or anything else because this can take them to a negative side. Let them explore and remember, learning how to be sympathetic, and kind is the best reward anyone can ever receive.
2. A better understanding of the family
While doing any small work, engage them with your work. Sometimes, parents are busy working and do not find time to spend with their children. A perfect solution to this is their kids’ involvement in the work. It will help them in two ways. Firstly, kids will learn how that particular work is done, and secondly, the work will finish in less time due to which parents will find some time to play and engage with their children. Also, kids might find the work interesting when they do it with their parents and would enjoy doing it again by putting more effort into it.
3. Get a boost in self-worth
Children develop a sense of confidence when they try again and again to do household work and end up doing it correctly. Some kids even get excited when they are assigned any task. It makes them proud. They feel that their parents trust them in this work. So, it boosts their self-esteem. According to a study conducted by Marty Rossmann, if kids between the ages of three to four are assigned with any work, it advances their academic performance. So, start giving your child some essential accessible tasks which they take pleasure.
4. Learn to be independent
What a feeling it would be if your small kids learn how to be independent? Do not do everything they ask for. Let them do certain things for them by themselves like washing dishes, folding clothes, arranging the table, etc. They may not be perfect initially but will sooner learn how to do it correctly. Point out their mistakes gently. You do not need to scold them as it may lead to discouragement and they might be unwilling to do it next time. You cannot be there for them, always for doing every small work. Your kids should know how to dress up and arrange clothes while going on a trip or tour.
5. Learn “academic” skills
Teaching your child how to cook prepares him/her for home economics lessons taught in school. Taking your child to local stationery and grocery shops helps them to learn mathematics if you let them calculate the number of pencils, books and other paper and eatable items. These little works help them in their academics. A child does not only learn how to study alone in a classroom. He/she learns many things in the outside world by engaging in different fields and works. Children’ brain develops very fast. They grasp things very quickly, which later affirmatively affects their academics.
6. Learn about “equality”
Our society often considers gender biases, i.e., a girl is meant to do the cooking while a boy goes to market for outside works. If children are taught all the tasks, be it cooking, washing clothes and utensils, gardening, cleaning, and arranging, etc., they learn equality and grow with no gender biases in their minds. Otherwise, it becomes tough when they have grown up. In this case, the mother and father should do all the household works together with them so that they learn by seeing. Both parents can work as role models for their children. Make your child an open and broad-minded person.
7. They learn the importance of cleanliness
It has been stated earlier that children learn things very swiftly, so why not to teach them at a very young age how to clean things. We all know that cleanliness is next to godliness. Purity makes our environment healthy, green, and clean. Cleanliness is also taught in schools through different methods like cleaning the blackboard, throwing garbage in the dustbin, keeping the benched neat, cleaning the table after taking lunch, etc. The same can be taught at homes also. Let your children clean them and the table after they finish making meals.
8.They learn how to face small challenges and difficulties
Difficulties are everywhere. No matter how big or small the work is. A child would never learn how difficult it is to sweep the floor, clean the whole house, and wash the dishes until and unless they do it by themselves. They would face many challenges while doing these chores but would also appreciate you for all the works you do every day because they would experience it by themselves.
9. They become more responsible
Slowly and gradually, your child becomes more accountable. The child continuously learns the art of doing things, which makes him more responsible. Let your child take care of a younger sibling, let him sweep the floor, clean the mess, wash the shoes, arrange books for school, fills a water bottle, packs lunch, clean tables, and chairs, etc. All these chores make the child a more responsible person. As soon as he does his work correctly, embrace him, and show some love. Parents can skillfully make their child more reliable and dedicated to work.
10. It helps them to be a better person
If no work is assigned to them, they spend all their time playing games and doing irrelevant stuff all the time. Sometimes, they engage in illegal practices like theft and fighting with others. To prevent them from doing such exercises, let them do some household works, it keeps them busy, and they also learn things which would surely benefit them in the future.
So, let your kid help you in household works. Encourage them to manage work on their own. Give them some responsibilities. It will surely make your kid learn and experience new things.