Do you give your children chores? I have found that many of our children today have become entitled. They think they should have maid service, shouldn’t have to work for anything, and the world owes them. They make no effort in school, and most importantly they have no respect for their parents or anyone else. A person’s attitude is everything. Furthermore, children should learn that there are no entitlements. They must work for they what they want in life.
Children need to understand that mom is not a maid or their personal chef. Putting a roof over their head and food on the table is the result of work. Just as important, many children grow up not knowing how to care for themselves or how to do things around the house. They think it’s okay to depend on someone else to take care of them for their entire life.
Additionally, life is work. Each of us should strive to become independent. Furthermore, we should each strive to make contributions in the world. I made a decision to bring my daughter into the world. With that in mind, it was my responsibility to take care of her for at least 18 years. Anything that I assisted her with after she turned 18 was because I loved her. I wanted her to be a successful and productive citizen. As a matter of fact, becoming independent contributes to a person’s sense of self worth. As a result, you will want to do for yourself.
That thought process still continues in my home. Yes, it applies to my grandchildren too. Equally important, work ethics should be instilled early. Moreover, there are many benefits to children being given chores and assisting with small things that will teach them lessons in life. Here are a few benefits:
- Responsibility – Teaching children to take care of the home and themselves should be taught early. This includes their room and their hygiene.
- The Importance of Completing A Task – Children need to learn how to start a task and take it to completion. They will learn endurance, perseverance, and to do things over again if it’s not satisfactory. Using chore charts is a good way to help them remember and organize.
- Team Work – Chores will teach children about working as a member of a team in the home. It will demonstrate that each team member contributes to the success of a family and relationship.
- Self Sufficiency – Children need to learn how to sustain themselves when possible. Getting a drink from the refrigerator can teach self sufficiency. Putting on their clothes, shoes etc. are good places to start.
- How to Clean and Organize – Giving children the responsibility of helping with dishes, meals and cleanup teaches this lesson. It will give them a sense of keeping things tidy, and the satisfaction of keeping order.
- The Importance of Money – Children need to learn that things in the home cost money. This includes recreational items, clothes, games, toys etc. Allowing them to do chores to earn money is a great way to help with this lesson. Teach them to save for something they want. Allow them to experience the excitement of reaching their goals.
- How to Save Money – Giving an allowance for assisting around the house is a great way to teach children to save money for something they would like to have or do down the road.
- Receiving and Giving Rewards – Children will learn that receiving and giving rewards boosts confidence and self-esteem.
Next, download our Chore Charts shown above here. Finally, chore charts are a great way to help your children remember and complete their daily chores. Use gold stars as a reward. Place them on the days chores were completed.