For most children, there is a lot to fit into each day: school, homework, sports and other activities, and dinner. If you’ve resisted giving your child additional work to do around the house, you might reconsider. Chores are proven to help children build skills that are valuable in school. Need more convincing? Here are five advantages of having your child do chores:
The next time you think it’s easier to do something yourself or that your child shouldn’t be bothered with things like laundry and cleaning dishes, remember: chores are good for your child. Research corroborates this fact: a 20-year study by the University of Minnesota found that doing chores at an early age is the best predictor for growing up into a young adult with a completed education, a career with a clear direction, and healthy personal relationships with family and friends. On top of this, chores teach indispensable life skills. So, invest in your child’s well-being and give your child the chance to develop his or her self-efficacy, prioritization skills, and diligence.
“Involving Children in Household Tasks: Is it Worth the Effort?” Marty Rossman, University of Minnesota, College of Education and Human Development
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