Morin (2019) states that children who are given chores at home gain some sense of responsibility and important life skills that will serve them well as adults. These adults are known to be successful in life because they are self-disciplined people. There are enormous benefits when children are accustomed and introduced to household chores at a young age (Should Children, 2019):
Teaches self-discipline - an essential skill required in order to do well in many areas of life including unwanted chores or tasks, like schoolwork and even relationships.
Learns to work well with others - allows flexibility to perform different roles among family members.
Teaches delayed gratification - not all chores are compensated with money or a treat. It teaches the child in later life that helping at home benefits everyone.
Lamb (2008) states that as long as adults acknowledge that children are contributing to the family, it will heighten the children’s sense of connection and confidence, two prerequisites for lasting happiness. The mere fact that it is an innate human desire to be needed, consequently, allows children to naturally experience a greater sense of self-worth and ultimate happiness.
Dr. Christine Carter (Lamb, 2008) believes that children naturally acquire various positive emotions when basic skills are transformed into habits. Studies have proven that children who are emotionally positive tend to be ‘happier, healthier, better learners, and can easily get along’ (Gavin, n.d.) with their peers and adults.
When adults seek help for their child’s challenges, it does not mean they are incompetent parents. The child may just require extra support in the areas of building self-esteem, being resilient or regulating emotions that are beyond one's parenting ability.
At Fundamentals we collaborate with parents to advance every step of their child's emotional state. Book a free consultation with us today.
(2019). Should Children Do Chores? 6 Benefits of Chores. Belly Belly. Retrieved January, 2020 from https://www.bellybelly.com.au/child/should-children-do-chores/
Gavin, M. (n.d.). The Power of Positive Emotions. Teens Health. Retrieved September, 2020 from https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/power-positive.html
Lamb, M. (2008). 7 Secrets to Raising a Happy Child. Parents. Retrieved December, 2019 from https://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/development/fear/raising-happy-children/
Morin, A. (2019). How to Raise Happy Kids for Success in Life. Very Well Family. Retrieved December, 2019 from https://www.verywellfamily.com/how-to-raise-happy-kids-4176629