Chores are a critical part of helping a child grow and mature while learning independence (and keeping our houses clean!). Some chores teach your child responsibility, while others teach them the importance of cleaning. When a child performs their tasks around the home, they gain valuable skills that they bring into adulthood. Here are five chores that teach your child responsibility.
Dusting furniture teaches your child that they’re performing essential chores for more than just “getting it done.” Our homes collect over 40 pounds of dust every year, which could negatively affect our health when we inhale the tiny particles. The most common places that dust accumulates is:
When you swipe your finger along a surface and see dust, that means it’s been gathering for quite a while, and it’s time to dust!
When your child dusts your home, they learn how cleaning the house keeps the family healthy, which is an important lesson.
Clean Their Room
No one can focus while in a dirty room, not even children who seem to enjoy having a messy bedroom!
When asking your child to clean their room, be sure to make it a regular chore that they do every other day or once a week to ensure they maintain cleanliness. If you only ask them to clean it once, they may keep it clean for a couple of weeks and over time, will need to deep clean it again.
A clean room is more manageable when they take care of it consistently. In addition to responsibility, this chore helps your child appreciate a clean space and experience less anxiety caused by a disorganized room.
Doing the laundry can teach a child how to take care of themselves rather than depending on mom to clean their clothes for school. Of course, you’ll want to wait until your child is of the appropriate age (10-12 years old) to start operating the washer and dryer.
After dinner, ask your child to assist you with the cleanup. You may ask them to handwash dishes or use the dishwasher.
However, many people let the water run when they wash the dishes. This can run up the utility bills and waste water you could have used for the environment.
If your child handwashes your dishes, you may use it as an opportunity to teach them about water conservation.
Ask your child to complete outdoor chores, like mowing the lawn, raking the leaves, and shoveling snow. These chores not only teach them responsibility but keep them active as well.
Try planting trees in your yard and ask them to help you—this would be a great time to help them learn about the environment and how to help take care of our earth. It’s also a fantastic bonding activity to do with your child!
These five chores that teach your child responsibility will be a valuable asset to your child’s independence and growth. When they reach adulthood, they’ll thank you for teaching them responsibility early on!