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Including Your Child in Household Chores

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Let’s be honest: Chores aren’t always fun, especially for kids. However, chores are a necessity to keep things tidy at home and in play spaces. As growing preschoolers are developing key motor skills and learning how to communicate, including them in daily chores and household tasks can have many benefits for both children and parents. Here are some things to consider when introducing preschoolers to household chores, as well as ways a chore chart can help make the process fun for all.

3 Reasons to Incorporate Kids into Household Chores

Many studies have shown that teaching kids how to do chores when they are young gives them several important skills and knowledge they will need for later in life. “When included in daily household tasks, children are challenged with communication skills that will help them with independence and responsibility,” says Angela Alexander, teacher at The Gardner School of Franklin. Here are three reasons kids who participate in chores will be better positioned for success.

Responsibility—Not only can chores help children feel like they have an important contribution to family responsibilities, but household assignments can also teach kids about accountability. As children learn how to function independently, parents will also likely experience a more positive tone in a child’s behavior.

Participation—Many children eagerly want to be a part of grown-up activities, so chores can be the perfect way to let them feel included. For kids who are less enthused about taking part in chores, assigning them simple tasks can be an excellent way to encourage an attitude of participation.

Self Esteem— Not only can chores make kids feel good about themselves, they can also promote patience. As children see a short list of goals and actively complete them, they will experience a rewarding feeling that can lead to proactive behavior as they grow.

Benefits of Using a Chore Chart

A chore chart can be an engaging and interactive way to teach kids how to do household chores. Chore charts can also promote teamwork and accountability in fun and motivating ways. Vernise Wilson, Director at The Gardner School of Nashville says, “A chore chart promotes responsibility and working together. We see this on display at The Gardner School through our use of a daily helper chart, as students take on the roles and responsibilities of being a line leader, a door holder, a lunch room helper, and more.” There are many wonderful examples and templates of chore charts online, especially on Pinterest. The best types of chore charts for preschoolers should address age-appropriate chores, easy-to-understand designs and formats, and fair and creative incentives or rewards for when a child completes his or her chores. 

Above all, keep in mind that what works in one household might not have the same impact as another, however every child can benefit from taking part in chores. Whatever you do, give it a try. You’ll have fun learning from and observing your child’s reaction, and—even better—you’ll get all those chores completed!