I realize the issue of chores for children is controversial. Some parents are in favor and some parents believe kids have more important things to do, such as homework and extracurricular activities. I come down on side of childhood chores because a growing body of research indicates just how beneficial they are for children. In fact, these benefits are exactly what Reflective Parenting aims to help parents provide for their child.
- Having chores as a child leads to children who have greater success and better life skills in the long run
- Children develop a healthy balance between achievement and caring about others
- By being a part of the task of taking care of the household a child becomes aware of the needs of others
- When children see themselves as necessary to the family, it fills that deep desire we all have to feel needed
- Children who help with family chores have a greater sense of obligation and connectedness to their parents
- This connection to parents enables them to deal better with life’s stressful moments