Getting into a regular chore routine with the kids can be a Sisyphean undertaking. Complaints resistance, neglect collude to make many a parent forget the whole darned thing. But being persistent is worth it since a regular chore routine carries a host of benefits, not the least of which is a tidier home!
If you want to start or restart a chore routine, here’s some motivation:
Benefits of chores for kids
They help younger kids develop motor skills
The simple movement of so many household tasks can help kids as young as three develop their gross and fine motor skills – pulling weeds, watering plants, measuring ingredients, and simple sweeping. The results don’t have to be perfect; it’s the simple action of participating and manipulating the materials that matter.
Chores are in indicator of future success
According to a 2002 study by Dr. Marty Rossman, young adults who began chores at an earlier age were more likely to achieve academic and early job success, have good relationships with their family and friends, and to be more self-reliant than those who began chores in their teen years or not at all.
They teach self-discipline
We all know there are plenty of things that have to get done even when we would rather be doing something (anything!) else than a task that resembles work. Regular chores teach kids that it’s important to show up and do the work even when we don’t feel like it. This practice of self-discipline crosses over into all areas of our lives.
Chores teach empathy & ownership
When the kids become helpers, they become active contributors to the household instead of passive recipients of services. Kids want to feel valued, so why not give them the opportunity to make that contribution while lightening the workload for adults? Doing chores lets the kids see how important the daily busy-ness of the house is, even if they may grumble about it at the time.
If you are ready to make family chores a routine, Bievo can help!
Bievo makes it easy to reap the benefits of assigning family chores by giving your family access to its powerful organizational features. Bievo lets you create, color code, and assign a value – from one to five stars – to chores and then post them and other tasks and to-do lists within your family account so everyone knows what needs to get done and when. Bievo sends family members reminder notifications and, better yet, family members can look at the Chore Report to see those stars adding up for completed chores.