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.
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.