Involving Children in Chores Helps Them Tremendously

Asking children to help around with the house gives them a sense of independence, responsibility, sharing and a feeling of self-gratification along with a sense of achievement.

How often do you ask your child to help you with the daily chores? Or are you the one who holds an opinion that children are way too young to help around the house? Or do you only ask your daughter to help and not the son (As seen in most Indian households … though lately, the scenario seems to be changing). Well, if you let your child help you around with the chores, it makes the work fun. Other than this it also makes them much more productive and a responsible citizen of the society.

I have grown up in an environment, where I was used to helping around with the chores. So for obvious reasons I wanted to pass it on to my daughter. I asked her to help me with as many age appropriate chores as possible. By the time she was 3, she was winding up her toys, putting her dirty clothes in the laundry basket, polishing her shoes and perfectly knew how to lay the table.

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Children learn a lot by helping with chores. To name a few they learn:

To be Responsible: It is a pleasure to spend time with children but this does not necessarily mean that you go hunting for their missing things. From the very beginning, it is important to allocate places for jackets, clothes, books, shoes and toys. When they perform these activities they are not going to depend on you for trivial tasks.

Independent, Resilient and Self-Reliant: When children grow up, they leave their home for and go out for higher studies or jobs. You will not be with them to feed them and wash their clothes. To start with you can guide them around the basic cleaning of the house and simple cooking. Also, keeping a tab of their pocket money is great since they learn to stick within a budget. These basic chores just help your child become independent and self-reliant. In turn, your children will thank you later in life.

Confident: The first time my daughter made pancakes, she had a big smile on her face brimming from molar to molar. I sensed she felt confident. The same happened when she cleaned the wet bathroom floor. So try to assign them tasks like making their beds, sorting the dirty and clean clothes. Since children are full of energy and have a zeal to learn new things. When they master these skills they become confident with each task. Way to go!

Time Management: When chores are assigned to children they realise that they can only play or do things they like after the chores are finished. This helps them to manage their time in turn building work ethics. This skill follows them till school and later in life learning to manage time among assignments and other activities.

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Shubhra Rastogi Written by:

Well, about me I can say that I am a certified dentist, healthcare analyst, medical writer and above all a mother of a 6-year-old. Most of my day to day activities revolve around her and she is my inspiration to start this blog. As a mother, I experimented with a lot of new things for my little one in a quest to find the best for her. I just want to share my experiences of being a happy and content mum.


  1. January 29, 2019

    All Great suggestions. I agree teaching children skills to be able to look after themselves is vital to building their self confidence and independence. When they can share in the chores, there is more time available to do other quality things together.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      January 29, 2019

      I agree Doug if the load is shared, there is more quality time. Thanks for visiting.

  2. January 30, 2019

    It has not been a perfect life, and my kids haven’t done a lion’s share in the household, but yes, they would manage to keep their rooms tidy by themselves, most of the time. Both are in college now and are pretty much managing everything on their own, so although I agree that the kids should be taught to be independent, they shouldn’t be forced to help with the house work, in my opinion. It is the attitude that needs to be inculcated in them, that they are not entitled and need to fend for themselves. Both boys and girls. Nice post. Made me think about something very relevant in today’s households.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      January 30, 2019

      Agree with you that children should be taught to be independent. But yes definitely they should not be forced with the housework. I also never forced my daughter with the housework. She was only interested and maybe curious as a toddler why once dips a mop in water and then wipes the floor. But what I taught her was to keep her things at the designated place and wind up a room after play. And trust me I am very happy that she does this. All I want is that she does her work on her own. Polishing her shoes and keeping her room clean is not asking for much I guess. 🙂

  3. February 2, 2019

    I couldn’t agree with you more. In fact I used to make all the kids I was babysitting clean up after them and one of my nieces actually asked if I was raising slaves! On a down side, I got so used to my girls helping me out that when they left home, it took me some time to get used to doing things on my own. But my girls themselves are happy that they had chores to do as it helped them manage when they left the nest.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      February 4, 2019

      Thanks for visiting by!.

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