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The Positive Effects They Have on Children
Many people had to do chores when they were children–and many of us may have complained about them once or twice. But chores can teach children of all ages important lessons about responsibility, and they can be a big help in your household. Read on to learn more.
Ages 4 and 5: Children generally feel good about contributing at this age. Allow them to set and clear off the dinner table, bring in the mail, and even make their bed on their own.
Ages 6 to 8: Assigning chores at this age can be tricky. Most children want to be a bit more independent versus being told what to do. To entice them a bit, consider setting up an allowance for any chores or tasks that they complete over and above their assigned chores. Some great chores for children this age include folding and putting away laundry, sweeping the floors, and assisting with taking out the trash.
Ages 9 to 12: You may encounter some resistance when assigning chores to children in this age group. Some experts suggest allowing your children to share their input on what chores they enjoy helping with, versus you parceling them out. Chore suggestions for children in this age range include loading and unloading the dishwasher, helping wash cars, running the vacuum and even helping with meals.
Teenagers: Most parents have certain expectations of their teenage children, such as cleaning their room, leaving their bathroom the way they found it, helping run errands or even mowing the lawn. Housework is important for teenagers because it not only teaches them the importance of contributing to a household, it also shows them how to adequately multitask, and even helps them be more self-sufficient.
Tips for Setting Chores
If you want things done a certain way, then do them yourself.
Give praise–and lots of it.
Make it manageable.
Giving chores to children is a win-win for parents and children alike. If this is not something that your household has established, 2013 may be the perfect time to start!
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